Although it’s technically considered part of Printers Row, Dearborn Station is the anchor of the Dearborn Park area. The area is named in honor of General Henry Dearborn (1751-1829), who was Thomas Jefferson’s Secretary of War from 1801 to 1809.
Dearborn Park is bounded by Polk Street on the north, 21st Street on the south, State Street on the east, and Clark Street on the west. It is primarily residential, with a mix of high rises, mid-level and town home units.
Reconstruction of the area occurred in phases after Amtrak consolidated its trains at Union Station and Dearborn Station was closed in 1971. Fifty-one acres of unused (and unsightly!) train tracks were surrendered by George Halas (yes, of Chicago Bears fame), and the development of Dearborn Park I began in 1977. Dearborn Park II soon followed, and successive periods of new construction and building rehabilitation over the decades have extended the revitalized area.
As the name implies, Dearborn Park is notable for its quiet tree-lined streets and lovely and lively outdoor spaces. If the Willis Tower wasn’t a constant presence looming overhead, you’d never know you were in the heart of downtown.