Once again taking the inimitable advice of our dear Dabs, the intrepid Beatchick sets out to follow the path of the Pedway but is flummoxed by closures.
Basically, I tried to follow the tour Dabs provides in her tip:
It starts out at the subway station near Macy's. Since that stop was closed for repairs, I decided to go to the basement of Macy's (formerly Marshall Field's) and backtrack from there. Unfortunately, the Pedway was also closed going in the other direction. I came up aboveground and walked to Daley Plaza to pick it up from there but found that it was also closed there (should it be open when you visit, you'll find the entrance to the right of the Picasso sculpture as you're facing it).
A sign declares that the Pedway doors are open from 6am-7:30pm M-F, 8am-6:30pm Sat, closed Sunday.
This adventure will be added to the list of "Things to Do" when I return to Chicago. Hopefully, I won't be frustrated in my efforts.
Anywho, the attached photos show the signs to take from the elevator in the basement of Macy's. Wasn't sure if you good VT folk would pay attention to these so I thought I take photos & post them here for clarification!
Photos: March 6, 2008
Often called "Chicago's secret weapon against the elements", the Pedway was introduced to me by fellow VT member, Dabs [Kristi}.
The Pedway is really a combination of underground tunnels, overhead skyway bridges, and concourses. It shelters pedestrians from some of Chicago's bad weather when in and around the Chicago Loop.
I looked up information about the Pedway after being introduced to it and discovered that development of it began in 1951 [and I'm just now learning how to use it!!!] Because it has grown haphazardly, it is not uniform; it is difficult to locate, and sometimes hard to navigate
We were able to walk to James R. Thompson Center, to Marshall Field's [Macy's], and the Cultural Center. But the State-Dearborn Pedway is now closed because of the development of Block 37. This is really a great inconvenience for the downtown workers and dwellers who get off the Blue Line and pedway to Macy's or those who get off the Electric or the Red Line and cut underground to go to LaSalle Street.
I did read in the Sun-Times that the pedway at Michigan and Randolph will very soon have a Starbucks, a bakery, a newsstand and other retailers [this area will be called The Shops at Millennium Station]. Presumedly, there will be more and better lighting, air conditioning, and cleaner attendant-kept restrooms. I've forgotten when it will be completed.
Here is a partial list of points of entry and exit for the Pedway:
25 East Washington Street
139 North Wabash Avenue
Hyatt Regency Hotel
77 West Wacker Drive
City Hall/County Building
James R. Thompson Center
Richard J. Daley Center
Chicago Cultural Center
Carson Pirie Scott
Having been introduced to this underground world [at least a portion of it], I will now remember what to do when it's bitterly cold, raining, or ridiculously hot...The Pedway is the way to go!
Although most tourists to Chicago will never experience this subterranean part of the city, for Chicagoland commuters it is invaluable. That is when all of it is actually open! For several years the section under Wabash was closed while the block was under construction, it finally reopened and now the section under Block 37 between State and Dearborn is closed.
One section of the Pedway runs from the train stations on the corner of Randolph and Michigan near the Cultural Center to City Hall. From the Cultural Center you can get to the Macy's on State, go outside, walk one block and then go back down the stairs in Daley Plaza which takes you to at City Hall which is a building worth taking a look at the interior.
There are connecting passageways that take you even further, go to the north side of City Hall and find the stairs going down and you can cross the street to the State of Illinois Building (Thompson Center).
There is another section that goes south to the Chase Bank Building and another section that goes north from the corner of Randolph & Michigan that I have never explored.
Oddly the City of Chicago doesn't seem to have an online map anywhere but the attached website has one
And there are a couple of articles on the Chicago blog gapersblock