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Ogilvie Transportation Center

Train Station · West Loop
500 W Madison St (btwn N Canal St & N Clinton St), Chicago, IL 60661, United States
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People tend to check in during these times:

  • Today
    • 10:00 AM–1:00 PM
  • Sun
    • None
  • Mon
    • 6:00 AM–10:00 AM
    • 4:00 PM–7:00 PM
  • Tue–Wed
    • 6:00 AM–9:00 AM
    • 3:00 PM–7:00 PM
  • Thu
    • 7:00 AM–9:00 AM
    • 3:00 PM–7:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 6:00 AM–10:00 AM
    • 3:00 PM–7:00 PM
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The Richard B. Ogilvie Transportation Center is an intriguing blend of the old and the new, long serving as the terminus for some of Chicago’s most celebrated train routes but now connected to the sleek lobby of a modern glass skyscraper.


Based on 257 votes

People have mixed feelings about this place

  • What you need to know
    Laura M.
    "The fajitas from the French Market are fantastic."(12 Tips)
    Nathan M.
    "Grab your Garrett's popcorn before heading home!"(4 Tips)
    Dan C.
    "The Berry Chill is awesome although a bit pricey it is worth it."(4 Tips)
    Di T.
    "one at Madison and Canal and one inside the Metra Market"(6 Tips)
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163 tips and reviews.

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  • french market
  • garrett
  • berry chill
  • popcorn
  • food courts
  • quiet
  • coffee
  • beer
  • café
  • bakeries
  • casual
  • steak
  • books
  • breakfast food
  • authentic
  • restrooms
  • fish
  • lunch
  • lakes
  • dinner
  • Wrigley F.

    Starbucks on pedestrian concourse over Canal St. to Chicago water taxi is out of Bistro boxes on Saturday. Larger Starbucks on Clinton St. is closed on Saturday. Huge #FAIL . Do better Starbucks. 😒

    Wrigley Fielder · September 26
  • Wrigley F.

    Stairwells from train platform to French Market are closed on Saturdays. Have to go downstairs, OUTSIDE and up the street (Clinton). Huge #FAIL . Do better Metra.

    Wrigley Fielder · September 26
  • Scott Kleinberg

    The portal to the suburbs. The most lost tourists under one roof in Chicago or your money back. 😊

    Scott Kleinberg · September 7
  • William K.

    Have your tickets out as you board.

  • Jasmine J.

    Save yourself time and buy your ticket at the vending machine near the tracks. They run out near the 1st of the month though

    Jasmine Jenkins · April 3
  • Jasmine J.

    So much nicer than Union

    Jasmine Jenkins · April 3
  • Patrick L.

    Automated machines are located out near the tracks if there's a line at the window.

    Patrick LeMaster · March 12
  • Bryce W.

    Usually good. Make sure you get there in time to purchase a ticket. They need more machines. They were out of one ways at the machine. $5 surcharge on train if you don't buy ticket before boarding!

    Bryce Warner · March 10
  • Anthony A.

    Metra can be confusing at first, but the train is very convenient for getting to Chicago.

    Anthony Apilado · December 13, 2014
  • Julie M.

    Very nice for a train station.

    Julie Moskal · December 6, 2014
  • Louis K.

    Food court downstairs while you wait. Also a flower shop.

    Louis Klieger · November 24, 2014
  • Debra V.

    Great Steak

    Debra Vaccaro · October 26, 2014
  • Jaysyn L.

    Keep it moving in the bathroom or you'll be harassed by the on site security during your most vulnerable of moments!!

    Jaysyn Longoria · October 1, 2014
  • Anamaria H.

    If the lines are long at the ticket counter, check out the dispenser in the actual terminal - it takes debit/credit.

    Anamaria Hernandez · August 16, 2014
  • Akiee

    First time here .. Much better then Union can grab coffee on my way all time ..

    Akiee · April 5, 2014
  • Emmett R. M.

    Ovie is cheaper than the 2nd floor bars, and better beer selection.

    Emmett R. McCarthy · March 28, 2014
  • Phillip {{ FJ }} 2.0

    First rule of the quiet car: You do not talk in the quiet car. Second rule of the quiet car: You do NOT. TALK. IN THE QUIET CAR.

    Phillip {{ FJ }} 2.0 · January 14, 2014
  • Jeff G.

    Conductors love telling everyone this on the trains: "Seats are for butts, floors are for feet." Therefore, keep your feet on the floor unless you wanna get yelled at.

    Jeff Geronimo · December 17, 2013
  • Dan C.

    If the ticket office is open, buy your ticket before getting on the train, or you'll pay a $3 surcharge

    Dan Cooper · December 15, 2013
  • Rev &.

    Don't forget to visit the BDSM dungeon and "All Things Bondage" gift shop on the lower, lower level!

    Rev "The Rev" 😈 · December 15, 2013
  • Pete J.

    Intolerant of talking, perfume, cologne, food, phone convos, naughty/scared/happy kids, & other human behaviors? I certainly wouldn't ride Public Transport. Get even! Deny them your company. Drive!

    Pete Johnson · December 4, 2013
  • cecil m.

    For the first timers, there's a walkway on the second floor which goes over Canal street and can save you from the cold and waiting for traffic.

    cecil mathew · November 27, 2013
  • Jessica M.

    They don't offer discounts for people in college, only people in high school. COMPLETE BULL.

    Jessica Moreno · September 27, 2013
  • Jeff G.

    Most of the cars for the Metra UP West Line from OTC to Elburn do not have working water faucets in the restrooms (probably true for other trains), so bring hand sanitizer or use the ones provided.

    Jeff Geronimo · September 26, 2013
  • temple j.

    Love coming here

    temple jones · September 13, 2013
  • Shivam S.

    The cafeteria is great, over 20 places to choose from, if you go on the lower level is has shops, and even more restaurants.

    Shivam Shah · September 4, 2013
  • John A.

    Make eye contact with the conductor when they check tickets. You're not that important.

    John Alton · August 7, 2013
  • Doug M.

    Use the kiosk to buy tix instead of waiting in lines

    Doug Murphy · June 5, 2013
  • Amber K.

    $7 Unlimited Weekend Pass!

    Amber Kozi · May 12, 2013
  • Paul T.

    Every train is full during rush hour , enjoy

    Paul Tshirt · May 7, 2013
  • Eiffel Y.

    The CTA card vending machine is out of order about 70% of the time. So don't wait last minute to add money to your card!

    Eiffel Yap · May 2, 2013
  • A

    Charge your phone at Track 5. You can't charge it in the food court.

    A · April 28, 2013
  • Doug M.

    The French Market on the lower level is a largely undiscovered gem.

    Doug Murphy · April 23, 2013
  • Seth T.

    Hudson News prices are obscenely high. Get a snack or drink in the food court instead

    Seth Tisue · April 21, 2013
  • Nathan M.

    Grab your Garrett's popcorn before heading home!

    Nathan Mitre · April 17, 2013
  • Maggie S.

    There is no platform 9 3/4 here. Bloody hell!

    Maggie S · March 22, 2013
  • Jayw W.

    There is a waiting where you could charge your phone

    Jayw Woods · March 5, 2013
  • David E.

    Bathrooms by the French Market are nicer.

    David Eldridge · February 5, 2013
  • Todd S.

    Grab some Garrett's popcorn for the ride home! Yummmmm

    Todd Shurtz · January 4, 2013
  • Delexia P.

    Stop by Cinnabon or Auntie Annes for a snack!

    Delexia Powell · December 11, 2012
  • Delexia P.

    Cinnabon or Auntie Annes. Must eat sweets!

    Delexia Powell · December 11, 2012
  • John O.

    Check out the Taco Bell in the food court!

    John O'Toole · December 5, 2012
  • Aaron A.

    They like to keep the trains at a crisp 47 degrees. It's like a rolling meat locker for humans...

    Aaron Adams · October 3, 2012
  • Aishwarya S.

    Three children age 11 and under ride free with a fare- paying adult on weekends.

    Aishwarya Sharma · September 1, 2012
  • Sarah M.

    Bring a bungee cord to attached your bike. Don't want it falling over or attacking people

    Sarah Morrison · August 25, 2012
  • #ChiWeekly

    Union Pacific / West (Elburn to/from Chicago) Full Time Schedule is here:

    #ChiWeekly · July 10, 2012
  • #ChiWeekly

    Union Pacific / West (Elburn to/from Chicago) Full Time Schedule is here:

    #ChiWeekly · July 10, 2012
  • #ChiWeekly

    Kenosha's Union Pacific North / Line (Kenosha to/from Olgilvie) Full Time Schedule is here:

    #ChiWeekly · July 10, 2012
  • #ChiWeekly

    Olgilvie Transportation Center:

    #ChiWeekly · July 10, 2012
  • Devan S.

    Madisson street doors are locked after 8. Use the doors the lead to the food court.

    Devan Samineedi · June 15, 2012

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