Not many people know about the Pedway, a network of tunnels connecting shops and businesses beneath downtown Chicago, but it could become the city’s oddest tourist destination
In some ways it’s just like any other Chicago neighbourhood. There are three Starbucks, a gym, a department store and a friendly dive bar. But no one lives here. There’s no natural daylight. And many Chicagoans have never heard of it.
This is the Pedway – a network of tunnels running beneath 40 blocks of the Loop, Chicago’s central business district. Built piecemeal since 1951, it provides a weatherproof route for pedestrians to walk between buildings, including Macy’s and City Hall – though relatively few use it. Many stores, hotels and bars connected by the network have entrances at street level and underground, while a few cafes serve only the Pedway.