One of the most famous train and transport hubs in the United States, Chicago’s Union Station is a destination in itself. The location is so impressive that The American Planning Association voted Union Station’s Grand Hall as one of America’s “Great Public Spaces” in 2012. With twenty sets of tracks converging at the station, around 50,000 passengers pass through this massive station each day. While this is quite impressive, it is actually only about half as many as the number of people who utilized it in the 1940s—the heyday of train travel.
The first thing passengers see when they step off a train in Chicago is the visually stunning Grand Hall. This awe-inspiring space features 112-foot ceilings, vaulted skylights, marble floors, huge Corinthian columns, grand balconies, staircases, and oversized furniture. While impressive by description, it is a space that you must see in person to appreciate fully.
Built in 1925, Daniel Burnham designed Union Station. The over-the-top design, Beaux Arts style and beauty, bring to mind the uninhibited mood of the “Roaring Twenties.” This grand design did not happen by accident. When train travel was more popular amongst commuters and travelers in the US, Chicago held an extremely important position in the world of train transport. It was the most important central hub between the East and West. Today Amtrak and Metra (Chicago's commuter and suburban rail services) utilize many of the twenty tracks that converge at the station.
While some people find themselves visiting Union Station at the start or finish of a journey by rail, there is beauty, history, and fun in the building itself. Visitors to Union Station feature a wide variety of shopping and dining options, as well as travelers’ necessities.
The waiting room and Great Hall are open each day from 5:30 a.m. to 12:40 a.m. Ticket agents are on hand to assist customers looking to travel by rail. Union Station is a transfer point for all types of public transportation to the city. Whether you make it your destination or you are just passing through on a longer trip, you and your family are sure to appreciate the wonders of Union Station.
Parking in downtown Chicago can be quite expensive, take advantage of the Triple Play Package. Package includes room plus one overnight parking, breakfast and IHG Rewards Club points. This special offer is only available when making reservations in advance online or by contacting the front desk. No changes to existing reservations allowed. Minimum age of 21 to check in.
In a major city like Chicago, location is everything. Whether you're here to shop on Michigan Avenue, visit the Museums, experience Greektown or attend an event at the United Center, our hotel is just a short walk or cab ride away.
If you're driving to Chicago or renting a car when you get here, ask about our "Parking for a Penny Package" available for a limited period of time.
The hotel has 521 spacious guestrooms and suites featuring free Wi-Fi and LCD TVs with premium cable. We offer room service, concierge services, and the best parking value in Chicago. Guests can work out in the complimentary fitness center, enjoy a swim in the indoor pool, relax in the sauna, savor “elevated” comfort food at Merchants Cafe and unwind with cocktails in the chic Cityscape Bar.
I stay at the Schaumburg HIE quite frequently and have been doing so for the past 4 years. The rooms are comfortable and always clean. All staff members that I have encountered are very friendly and[More]
the pride they take in the service they perform is what makes staying at this hotel better than any other.
Tom at the front desk has greeted be with a smile for the past 4 years. After a long exhausting (and usually delayed) flight from O'Hare, Tom make the check-in process a breeze, and his hospitable personality is the next best thing to coming home.
The breakfast area is fantastic! Julie has been there for the 4 years I have been staying as well. She keeps the area very clean and well stocked, even on the busiest days. She always has a smile on her face and makes sure that breakfast one of the best features of this hotel.
I've tried other local hotels, but this HIE is by far my favorite place in Schaumburg in this price range. [Less]
"Comfortable Hotel with a Fantastic Restaurant on premises"
This was a very nice surprise- the Staff was extremely attentive, had a nice workout room, wa sclean and well tended throughout the hotel and even the conference room internet functioned well. And[More]
the restaurant and Bar was tremendous. The only downside- it is quaite a distance from O'Hare but I would absolutely recommend this hotel if in the Downers Grove area [Less]