Chicago’s pedway system could become an essential piece of urban infrastructure. Pedway users voiced concerns about a lack of maps to. The longest continuous section of the underground pedway allows While an official map is available via the City of Chicago’s website, the. A different approach to map-making is necessary to elucidate the Pedway System. This map designed by my tour company, Chicago Detours.

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Chidago were constructed with the subways; while the completion and outfitting of the Blue Line under Dearborn Street were interrupted by rationing in World War IIthe two mezzanine connector tunnels were opened and linked the Red Line under State Street to the sidewalks of Dearborn Street.

In this network of passages that connect buildings, train stations, and parking lots, you find government offices, food courts, and most importantly during wintertime–warmth. This article needs additional citations for verification. Our Loop Interior Architecture Walking Tour gives a good introduction to the system and how to use it. Most connections to the pedway are commercial or government buildings, including hotels.

Why Use the Pedway? Avoid the elements on a snowy, rainy or hot day. This mostly underground system of passages connects buildings so that you can walk downtown while avoiding the elements. Most of the Pedway System is underground, and the climate controlled passages make for a comfortable way of navigating the city during the cold of the winter and the heat of the summer.


Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. The mostly underground system is essentially a basement see the area by Macy’s pictured belowand you’ll chicagi better architectural eye candy on street-level. Why Tour the Pedway with Us? Amanda Scotese started the tour company Chicago Detoursso she can have a legitimate cnicago for wandering Chicago and geeking out on architecture.


The Chicago Pedway is a network of tunnelsground-level concourses and bridges connecting skyscrapers, retail stores, hotels, and train stations throughout the central business district of ChicagoIllinois. Chicago Central Area and the Chicago 21 Plan introduced in Help us keep the lights on by subscribing to Chicago Like a Local.

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Now you can tour the underground passages on your own. The Pedway also benefits traffic by reducing the conflict between vehicles and pedestrians, resulting in fewer accidents and better traffic flow. This system of underground tunnels and overhead bridges links more than 40 blocks in the Central Business District, covering roughly five miles.


A Visitor’s Guide to Navigating the Pedway System

She dug in to anything Chicago, especially architecture and urban geography, through the Masters of Arts Program in the Humanities at the University of Chicago. It’s about uncovering the unseen layers of the city.

That is, if you know where you’re going. Website powered by Pylons. Subscribe to our blog. The southern reach of the main network was reduced when the 2nd floor passage across Madison Streetlinking Three First National Plaza with Bank One Plaza now Mxp Towerwas removed hcicago the two buildings restricted public access to upper levels. As part of downtown infrastructure, the Pedway eases foot traffic on street level and provides a quicker route, as you don’t have to wait at any stoplights.

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