As Clarendon Hills joins the list of Metra-connected Chicago suburbs trying to lure price-weary city dwellers to better lives, it’s sprucing up its downtown. And at the center of that is a new train station.
Legat Architects recently came up with new renderings of the station it’s designing for the DuPage County village of 8,000 souls.
Clarendon Hills officials have been frank that they’re very price-conscious, so don’t expect 19th century North Shore charm along this stretch of the BNSF Railway. The old station looks like an abandoned downstate Dairy Queen. And considering that it was built when Gene Rayburn was still hosting Match Game, it’s more than due for replacement.
The Legat design includes proper bicycle storage, heated waiting rooms, a green roof, and rain gardens to process storm water the way nature intended.