Technically, no CTA train travels directly to Chicago’s Union Station. At 225 Canal Street, Union Station is just outside the Loop next to the Chicago River. Just across the river, however, are multiple CTA stations on all rail lines if you’re willing to walk about 10 minutes. Choose from the following rail stations for access to Union Station:


The closest CTA station to Union Station is Quincy on the brown, orange, pink and purple lines. However, Quincy is a very old station and is not handicap accessible. If you are able to walk up and down stairs, including with any luggage, walking time is about 8 minutes. Perks of this station also include direct service to and from Midway International Airport, theMART and Chicago’s northside neighborhoods including River North, Old Town, Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Uptown, Edgewater and Evanston.

Jackson Blue

The Jackson Blue CTA Station is tied as closest to Union Station, also 8 minutes away on foot. The blue line runs 24 hours and travels to O’Hare International Airport and the trendy Wicker Park neighborhood. This station is also handicap-accessible. For the shortest walk, walk south (against one-way traffic) on Dearborn Street after exiting the station and turn right on Jackson Blvd.


If you need an elevator or escalator and are traveling on the brown, orange, pink or purple line, the closest handicap-accessible CTA station to Union Station is Washington/Wells. Walking time is about 12 minutes. After reaching street level, walk in the same direction as the one-way traffic and turn right on Adams Street.

Jackson Red

The closest red line station to Union Station is Jackson Red. The station is handicap accessible and walking time is about 14 minutes or request a taxi, Uber or Lyft car from any red station in the Loop. For those on foot, walk against the one-way car traffic at street level and turn left on Jackson Blvd.

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