Destination: Tunnel Vision

Where do all the people go in winter? For lunch and other delights, take a saunter in the Pedway.

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In 1951, the city built a stretch of tunnels in and around the Loop to connect the Red Line and Blue Line el trains between State and Dearborn streets. Called the Pedway, the tunnel network has since grown to link 40 city blocks and dozens of buildings in the central business district. Today, it’s possible to walk from the Swissôtel on Upper Wacker to the Thompson Center with only two block-long jaunts aboveground. According to Brian Steele, spokesman for the city’s Department of Transportation, the navigability of the Pedway will improve in early 2008 with uniform signs and maps. In the meantime, we compiled a tour of its best features.



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