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Summer Construction Plans Commence

By Jacy Wojcik in News on Apr 9, 2008 7:28PM

Chicagoist4_9_2008.jpgWe've never been huge fans of the phrase “Chicago has two seasons: winter and construction." We prefer to think of it as winter and awesome or winter and street-festivals, but we also can’t help but agree.

Construction is scheduled to begin in May on a $14.8 million underground pedestrian tunnel just south of the Shedd Aquarium that will connect the lakefront paths between the museums. Funded with state and federal money, the project is set to clear up the crowded intersection at Solidarity Drive and Museum Campus Circle Drive allowing pedestrians to walk underground instead of battling traffic at the sometimes confusing intersection. The construction will be “challenging” but “worth the hassle,” says Parks Superintendent Timothy Mitchell. The most challenging, perhaps, when Charter One Pavillion concert-goers use the Soldier Field parking lot amongst the millions of tourists that flock to the museum campus each summer. [S-T, photo by The New No. 2]