8. Millennium Station

Millennium Station 151 N Michigan Ave

Chicago Pedway Adventure/8. Millennium Station
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Not surprisingly, this station lies under the wildly-popular Millennium Park at Randolph and Michigan Avenue. It is considered one of the crown jewels of the CTA system and was just dedicated in 2007, although parts of it opened as early as 2004. The renovation of the station was designed by Skidmore Owings and Merrill at a cost of $23 million. Because it coincided with needed repairs to the Randolph Street viaduct and the construction of Millennium Park, the City of Chicago and Metra shared the cost of the project. The commuter terminal serves the Metra Electric District to University Park, Blue Island and South Chicago and the South Shore Line to Gary and South Bend, Indiana.

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This design can also be called Post-Modern because it draws on symbolism from its transportation function. The blue and white terrazzo floors have thin white lines meant to evoke railroad tracks. This change in flooring is one of your clues that you are leaving the 1980s sections of the Pedway.

The wave-shaped stainless-steel ceiling masks the irregularities in ceiling height. Perhaps the most fun, the stainless steel ticket booths look like Metra passenger cars and Zephyr trains from the past. A Batpod chase scene from the 2008 film The Dark Knight was filmed in Millennium Station. Fast-food dining options in the station include Millennium Dogs, Subway, Starbucks, Chicago Kernel gourmet popcorn, and M Bar. There is also a Chase ATM facility.

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