Metra Electric (ME)
Millennium Station lies under Chicago’s newest landmark, the wildly popular Millennium Park, at Randolph and Michigan Avenue.
When a station was first built at this location in the 1860s, it was isolated from the city on the edge of Lake Michigan. Illinois Central Railroad tracks to the station were built on the shore and, from about Roosevelt to Randolph, over the lake waters on pilings. Gradually, the lake waters were filled in and the area grew around – and above –what was long known as Randolph Street Station. The terminal was substantially altered in the 1920s during a major renovation of Grant Park, and other rehabilitation work occurred in the 1960s and 1987. Meanwhile, much of the station’s structure and facilities was gradually covered by high-rises, including One Prudential Plaza in 1955, One Illinois Center in 1970 and Two Prudential Plaza in 1990. Metra bought the IC Electric line in 1987.