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
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