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Dearborn Station, Chicago

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#599 of 610 in Things to do in Chicago
Formed a couple years ago in 1975, Dearborn Station is really something. Founding members Mitchell Reed (lead singer) and Tommy Gilchrist (lead guitarist) play sometimes shimmering, sometimes gritty songs that are a blend of groovy California folk rock and driving Chicago blues-rock. Throw in some Joni Mitchell and Dylan-esque sensibilities and you have a mid-sixties sound that is anything but disco. Reed, originally from East Haddam, Connecticut, fled to Santa Monica, CA and kicked around the West Coast folk scene as a front man, most notably for The All Rights. Gilchrist, a native Midwesterner, spent time in Nashville in the band Flash In The Pantheon before dedicating himself to the cold winters and the red-hot rock scene of Chicago. Reed and Gilchrist named their band after the historic railroad terminus at Polk and Dearborn streets in Chi-Town. Riding the express train of incendiary live shows and feverishly writing their debut album, Dearborn Station is looking to conquer America in ’77!
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  • The outside is far more interesting than the inside, I’m afraid. There are some signs of the station’s former architectural glory inside, but most of what is in there isn’t terribly inspiring. But it’s definitely worth a walk around the exterior!
  • I used to come here when my mom got her nails done at the longtime Dearbirn Station nail salon, European Touch, that abruptly closed a few years ago. I now visit whenever I practice yoga at the newest of 3 studios of 105f. I love that I now sometimes practice yoga someplace I spent hours at throughout my childhood. Even the valet guys are still the same! It's a landmark and a secure place to go to downtown being that they have security.

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