(Credit: Chicago History Museum)

For decades, they acted as the city’s front door, where people from all over the country arrived seeking out a better life – or just the thrills of the big city. Geoffrey Baer takes us back to the golden age of rail travel.

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Will Union Station’s modernization keep moving forward at full speed? Blair Kamin weighs in on that and the top architecture stories of the year.

A rendering of the Union Station Transit Center, which will open to the public on Sunday. (Courtesy of the Chicago Department of Transportation)

A new transit facility aimed at improving connections between trains and buses at Union Station is set to open Sunday, city officials announced this week.