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Hollywood on the Rails: Movies and TV in Chicago's Union Station



75 min

0.5 mi.

10 guests


Stroll through (and around) Chicago's historic Union Station and discover its longtime connections to movies and television

Step into the glamour of Hollywood on our 75-minute guided walking tour of the iconic building and marvel of modern transportation that is Chicago's Union Station!

Led by a knowledgeable Ph.D. guide, Hollywood on the Rails: Movies and TV in Chicago's Union Station unveils fascinating connections between Chicago's 100-year-old train station and the silver screen. 

From The Untouchables and My Best Friend's Wedding to Fargo (FX) and Run (Max), Chicago's Union Station has served as a backdrop for countless narratives of drama, suspense, and romance. Retrace your favorite's stars' footsteps as you uncover secrets behind their movies and television series!

You'll also delve into stories that even most Chicagoans don't know about Union Station's Hollywood history. Hear about the building's ties to a glamorous dining haunt of celebrities past and a 1930s magazine contest, where dreams came true for lucky movie fans aboard the rails.

And fear not, history buffs. Hollywood on the Rails: Movies and TV in Chicago's Union Station also uncovers Union Station's own story. From its awe-inspiring architectural design to its pivotal role in shaping Chicago's identity, there's a wealth of tales waiting to be discovered within these marble halls. 

Finally, exclusive to this tour, you will gain access to rooms not available to the public, the former barbershop and women's waiting area. NOTE: If private events are scheduled during our tour time, these spaces may not be available.

So, whether you're a film enthusiast, history buff, or simply curious to explore one of Chicago's most iconic landmarks, join us for a leisurely (mostly indoor) walking tour filled with lights, camera, and action! 

Movies/TV Highlighted

  • The Killer (2024)

  • Fargo (2020, FX)

  • Run (2020, Max)

  • Public Enemies (2009)

  • Derailed (2005)

  • My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)

  • Love Jones (1997)

  • The Untouchables (1987)

  • The Package (1989)

  • Movie stars: Judy Garland, Elizabeth Taylor, Ronald Reagan, Richard Burton, Gertrude Lawrence

Public Tour Dates


Aug 30, 2024

3:00 PM

Private Tours

Book this tour as a private or group tour! The private tour price listed below is a flat fee for up to 8 guests. If you have more than 8 in your party, please contact us so we can accommodate you.

Tour Specifics

Start/End Points

The tour starts outside FFC Union Station (Fitness Formula Club), 444 W. Jackson Blvd. The tour ends near the same point.


Guests must initial a digital general waiver of liability with Chicago Movie Tours when they book. Guardians must sign waivers for children under the age of 18.


By Car: Use Union Station's driving directions. Public Transit: Use the CTA's Plan-a-Trip guide.


Elevators and escalators are located throughout the building. Ramps are located outside our route and along city sidewalks.


Public restrooms are available inside the station.


Guests ages 10 and up can attend.


No video or audio recording of the tour, but take as many pictures as you'd like!

Cancellations and Refunds

You may cancel or amend your reservation 48 hours or more before the tour departs. Read more Tour Terms and Conditions.

What's Included

  • Approx. 75-minute guided walking tour of Chicago's Union Station

  • Guided access inside locations where movies and TV series have filmed 

  • Exclusive access to spaces typically off-limits to the public

  • Tour guide commentary from a passionate Ph.D.

  • Small group to generate engagement and foster a personalized tour

  • Insights into Union Station's Hollywood history, architectural design, and historical significance

  • Visual and audio media to enhance your tour experience

  • Plenty of Instagram opportunities 

  • Mini (movie-themed) goodie bags! 💙


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