A permit is required to take pictures inside the station for professional PHOTOGRAPHY, student photographY, wedding and engagement shoots. Please fill out the form BELOW and bring it ALONG with your payment to 500 West Jackson, Suite 107. PERMITS ARE ACCEPTED MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY ONLY FROM 8:00 A.M. UNTIL 5:00 P.M.

Chicago Union Station Photography Permit 2024

News Photography

Members of the news media are entitled to the same access for photography purposes as the general public. News media may request additional access by contacting the Amtrak Media Relations Office at (202) 906-3860. Amtrak recommends that members of the news media present valid press credentials when they film (print and video photography) in the public areas at Amtrak's stations and strongly encourages the news media to contact Amtrak's Media Relations Office in advance to facilitate and ensure appropriate access, particularly at major Amtrak stations. As a courtesy, Media Relations Representatives will frequently issue a letter or accompany news media in the Northeast, Chicago and California regions. It is understood that during breaking-news events, advance contact with Amtrak's Media Relations Office may not be possible.

Ticketed Passengers

Ticketed passengers on platforms may video record during the time they are preparing to board or immediately after alighting from a train. Equipment is limited to hand-held devices. Such photography, including equipment set-up, should be done in a reasonable, safe, and timely manner.

Ticketed passengers on board trains may video record on a train provided it does not interfere with passengers or crew and in accordance with any directions given by Amtrak onboard train personnel.

Other photography or video recording not covered by this policy requires advance approval from the area Amtrak Station Manager.

Commercial and Special Filming

Prior arrangements must be made in advance. Please contact: morgan.mcgregor@cbre.com for more information.