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In 1942, the Office of War Information issued photographer Jack Delano a new assignment: document “railroads and their place in American life.” During the next several months, Delano captured three thousand images, two-thirds of them in the nation’s rail hub—Chicago.

Explore the stories of Chicago railroaders with us.

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Union Station

Sundays, December 14, 21, and 27, January 11, 18, and 25, and February 8, 15, and 22, 1:00 p.m.

Envisioned by Daniel Burnham in the early 1900s and completed in 1925, Chicago Union Station boasted a Beaux Arts–style waiting room with eighteen Corinthian columns, terra-cotta walls, Tennessee marble floors, and a five-story atrium. Explore the architecture above street level, the action of the rails below, and the stories of one of America’s last grand railway stations. Meet at Union Station, 500 West Jackson Boulevard. Tour running time: 90 minutes to two hours.

Sunday, December 21

Cost: $25, $20 members

> This tour is sold out.

Sunday, December 28

Cost: $25, $20 members

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Sunday, January 11

Cost: $25, $20 members

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Sunday, January 18

Cost: $25, $20 members

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Sunday, January 25

Cost: $25, $20 members

> This tour is sold out.

Sunday, February 8

Cost: $25, $20 members

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Sunday, February 15

Cost: $25, $20 members

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Sunday, February 22

Cost: $25, $20 members

> This tour is sold out.

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