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Pedway Spectacular

By Hanna Aronovich in News on Aug 25, 2006 3:27PM

Chicagoist thinks the city’s pedway is the best invention since feet. Many a lunch hour, the pedway has guided us to Potbelly’s, shielding us from harsh winters and heavy rain. So, imagine our delight when we heard the pedway is expanding. We are thrilled to pieces. walkway_under_randolph.jpg

According to the Sun-Times, the pedway at Michigan and Randolph will soon house a Starbucks, chocolatier, bakery, florist and newsstand, along with other retailers – possibly a Subway and Cinnabon. Called the Shops at Millennium Station, the grand opening is scheduled for mid-November. The $22 million renovation also includes brighter lighting, air conditioning, and attendants and flowers in the restrooms (nice!).

Because the Metra and South Shore train stations at Randolph are open until 1 a.m., the retail shops will be open later, as well – most until 9 p.m. The Sun-Times said events such as ice cream socials will tie in with happenings at Millennium Park.

The pedway is positively brilliant, and we’re happy to see the city keep it up. It’s like a secret underground world (well, a world that covers 40 blocks). For those not familiar with the pedway, Gaper’s Block has a great two-part tour. Or, you can check out this map and explore on your own. Because underground is the only way to travel.

Image via Dawn Mikulich.