Luggage storage in Chicago

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  1. May 13, 2019 #1

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    This may have been addressed before, but I can’t find the thread (and remember being a bit confused).

    Is there a way to store bags at Chicago for a few hours on a layover since the remodel? This trip I am not traveling business class or using a sleeper. Could use my travel backpack but really so much nicer to walk a city without the weight on my back.
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  2. May 13, 2019 #2
    Last summer (August), my sister and I traveled through Chicago, had a nice long layover there, and stored our luggage at the luggage storage place (Red Caps) right there in Union Station. Amtrak charges $10 for 24 hrs of storage per item. It was worth it to this tiny framed female. Have they done a remodel since last August?
     
  3. May 13, 2019 #3

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    No, the remodel was awhile back. There used to be self service baggage lockers that I think are gone now. That is why I was asking. This is the first trip I have recently made where I am not eligible for the lounge service, don’t really want/ need to check my bag(backpack) on the SWC.
     
  4. May 14, 2019 #4

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    I just went through Union Station Chicago on April 25h, 2019. There is luggage storage in the Metropolitan Lounge for connecting sleeping car passengers. I arrived on the California Zephyr and connected to the Lakeshore Limited. You can securely store luggage in a room beside the front desk, there are security cameras and staff watching bags. The lounge closes at 9 PM and the staff wants you clear out the luggage by 8:30.

    Hope this helps you
     
  5. May 15, 2019 #5

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    Unfortunately, the OP indicated they are neither in BC or a sleeper, so the ML is out. If baggage claim still does a day check, that's about it, although an internet search may turn up a private bag check service in the area...
     
  6. May 15, 2019 #6

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    However, the OP can buy a day pass for the ML. ;)
     
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    That's a good point. Guess it depends on how many bags, or if the weather is conducive to outdoor "exploring"
     
  8. May 15, 2019 #8

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    Thanks all. I only have four hours or so to kill. You are right, it will depend on the weather. And probably my packing skills, lol. I can tolerate my backpack for awhile in a pinch.

    Although paying for the lounge may have some appeal. I am usually traveling the direction on the SWC. Do you go out before the the main group? I do want to snag a window seat.
     
  9. May 15, 2019 #9

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    While not quite what the service was intended for...
    I have found that the first class hotels in Chicago a few blocks from the train station very helpful. If you talk to the bell captain they will often store your stuff for the cost of a tip.
     
  10. May 25, 2019 at 4:49 PM #10

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    As I recall (from earlier this week), there is a sign in the baggage claim/baggage check area advertising this service so I assume it is still being offered.
     

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