DOWNTOWN — People are going wild over the proposed addition to Union Station.

But … it’s not the kind of “wild” the designers were probably hoping for.

The proposal calls for a hotel and apartment buildings to be added to the building. That would be made possible by adding a rectangular, many-windowed section to the top of the nearly-century-old train station.

Blair Kamin, the Chicago Tribune’s architecture critic, ripped the proposed design, saying the addition goes with the existing neo-classical design about “as well as Rauner and Pritzker, the City Council and ethics reform.”

Others have compared the addition to a spaceship, a bad hat sitting on a pretty person and a fishtank.

Here are some of the reactions:


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