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Rail Stations of Yesteryear

One of the nation's grandest rail stations sat at Michigan & Roosevelt for 80 years, and, unless you were walking and talking prior to 1974, you never got to see it in the flesh. We're talking about the Romanesque pile known as Illinois Central Station—where the Central Station condos came to stand—once home to the world's largest train shed. WBEZ's Lee Bey rounds up some vintage pics of the brute, with its 13-story tower, arched entry, and broad walkways. Alas, most of the city's great stations (there were several) were demolished in the 1970s and 1980s. [WBEZ, previously]