Impressive Developments at Union Station

Photo credit to Jake Huber Media

Our office has been booking performers for The St. Louis Wheel and for the Polar Express Train Ride. While we process bookings for stilt walkers and Santas and Elves at Union Station, we are continually impressed by the redevelopment of Union Station wrapping up this year, which coincides with its 125th anniversary.

Union Station St. Louis opened in 1894 as the world's largest and busiest railroad station. In the 1940s, the station handled an impressive 100,000 passengers a day. When the airline industry took off, Union Station became obsolete as a train station. In 1985, Union Station was renovated and reopened to include a hotel, a shopping mall, and restaurants. In 2012, Lodging Hospitality Management bought the station and rebranded the hotel. In 2016, they announced a larger redevelopment of Union Station.

The new Union Station will have several parts - including food and entertainment features - that will create an entertainment hub for St. Louis. When looking at a list of planned developments, you can see the vision of Union Station as an entertainment destination for locals and visitors.

Key Developments Include:

  • The St. Louis Wheel
  • St. Louis Aquarium
  • Carousel
  • Mini Golf
  • Mirror Maze
  • Rope Course
  • Polar Express Train Ride
  • The Train Shed
  • 1894 Cafe
  • Soda Fountain

Nearby, Build-A-Bear headquarters and the St. Louis Major League Soccer team have plans to move to the city, becoming neighbors with Union Station in 2020 and 2022, respectively. It’s going to be quite a district for our city!

Over the years, Union Station has continued to evolve. Change is essential to stay relevant - which is something we know well at TalentPlus - and we are grateful that Union Station continues to be a landmark in St. Louis.

Photo credit to Circus Kaput

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