Amtrak’s ongoing redevelopment of Chicago’s Union Station is turning its attention toward building a new food hall and western entrance along Clinton Street. The proposed dining and retail complex would occupy a cavernous fire-damaged space which has sat vacant for nearly four decades.
As part of a city search to seek out potential restaurant operators, Amtrak released a batch of updated renderings showing the multi-level space. It will occupy the former Fred Harvey restaurant—a nationwide chain that catered specifically to rail travelers. The plan calls for a new exterior canopy as well as the reinstallation of windows removed following a 1980 fire.
Goettsch Partners is overseeing the Fred Harvey renovation. The Chicago-based architecture firm led several recent Union Station projects including the addition of the Metropolitan Lounge, the restoration of the Great Hall and its new skylight, and the adaptive reuse of the old women’s lounge into the Burlington Room event space.
Amtrak aims to open the food court by next summer. The rail operator is funding the project with more than $10 million generated from the sale of its nearby parking garage, which will be redeveloped into a 700-foot-tall BMO Harris-anchored office tower. Demolition work is expected to begin before the end of the year.
Plans are also in the works to redevelop the empty upper floors of Union Station’s headhouse into a pair of hotels with a combined 400 guest rooms. The project, which includes a modest single-story addition to the historic building, was approved by the city late last year.