Metropolitan Lounge at the Train Station Chicago
This post was most recently updated on July 14th, 2020
Where To Wait For The Train
The general waiting area at the train station in Chicago can get really noisy and crowded at times. The day we were there all the seats were gone and people had to sit on the floor or stand.
If you happen to be travelling by business class, in one of the Amtrak sleeper cars, or a select rewards member, you have other options to wait for free. You can make your way over to the Metropolitan Lounge at the train station in Chicago.
To find the metro lounge, go inside the Great Hall and walk to the end where the Jackson Street exit is. The lounge is open from 6am to 9pm daily.
About the Metropolitan Lounge At The Train Station Chicago
This lounge opened in the summer of 2016 and is a beautiful, modern space with seating for 360 people to wait at before their departure. There are two levels to the lounge for a total of 13500 square feet. So you’ll find that it never feels crowded.
There’s plenty of comfortable couch’s and chairs for relaxing, desks to get some work done, and strong free wifi with lots of charging stations for your electronics. Upstairs even has a play area for the children with a Disney channel.
At the Metropolitan Lounge, you’ll find the washrooms are spotless. They have hot showers with towels available. There’s baggage storage for your luggage until you leave. And 60 flatscreen TV’s to keep you occupied while you wait.
You’ll never go thirsty here either with options like coffee, tea, pop, hot chocolate, and juice. Plus there’s a bartender serving up a variety of alcoholic drinks. The food changes depending on the time of day. But there’s always things to snack on like chips, peanuts, fruit, and candy.
If you’re travelling coach like we were, you can buy a day pass for $35 to the Metropolitan Lounge. Not a bad deal considering it includes free drinks and snacks. Plus when it’s time to go, they’ll escort you right to your train car.
As of February 2019, the Legacy Club Lounge has closed
But we discovered, there’s an even better option while your waiting on your train. Head on over to their Legacy Club Lounge located in the south west corner of the great hall. It’s like being a coach class passenger and getting first class service!
For $20 per person, you can relax in a nice quiet space. Especially great if you have a few hours to kill or need to get some work done.
We went there and were wowed by the space. First of all, it was virtually empty and came with really comfortable chairs and loungers. Their hours are from 9 am to 9 pm. For this price, you get free high speed internet and a charging and laptop station.
What They Offer
Refreshments included coffee, tea, hot chocolate, soda, water, juice and even beer or wine at certain times. Besides that, they also have a selection of snacks to munch on such as peanuts, chips, granola bars and cookies.
Above all, bathrooms were spotless and came with disposable razors, toothpaste, hair styling gel, and moisturizing face cream.
If you wanted to watch TV, they had plenty of those disbursed around the room. Or even PS4 and Wi to keep you occupied. Besides that,the only thing missing was a shower and you could make yourself right at home!
If this wasn’t enough, it also included priority boarding. Plus a personal escort right to your train car. Definitely worth the cost to us!
After our relaxing time at the Legacy Club Lounge we hopped on the California Zephyr. Check out our post here.