Blair Kamin Deconstructs Potential Chicago Pedway Upgrades

Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin analyzes a new report by the Environmental Law & Policy Center that envisions new uses and upgrades for Chicago’s Pedway.

“The city has a vested interested in improving the Pedway,” Kamin said. “First of all, people need to be able to find the Pedway from street level ... If there are a series of consistent entrances from street level that will enliven it.”

  • Before: Corridor, pedway level. (Courtesy of the Environmental Law & Policy Center)

    Before: Corridor, pedway level. (Courtesy of the Environmental Law & Policy Center)

  • After: Corridor, pedway level. (Courtesy of the Environmental Law & Policy Center)

    After: Corridor, pedway level. (Courtesy of the Environmental Law & Policy Center)

  • Before: Cultural Center, pedway level. (Courtesy of the Environmental Law & Policy Center)

    Before: Cultural Center, pedway level. (Courtesy of the Environmental Law & Policy Center)

  • After: Cultural Center, pedway level. (Courtesy of the Environmental Law & Policy Center)

    After: Cultural Center, pedway level. (Courtesy of the Environmental Law & Policy Center)

  • Before: Daley Center, pedway level. (Courtesy of the Environmental Law & Policy Center)

    Before: Daley Center, pedway level. (Courtesy of the Environmental Law & Policy Center)

  • After: Daley Center, pedway level. (Courtesy of the Environmental Law & Policy Center)

    After: Daley Center, pedway level. (Courtesy of the Environmental Law & Policy Center)

  • Before: Daley Center, street level. (Courtesy of the Environmental Law & Policy Center)

    Before: Daley Center, street level. (Courtesy of the Environmental Law & Policy Center)

  • After: Daley Center, street level. (Courtesy of the Environmental Law & Policy Center)

    After: Daley Center, street level. (Courtesy of the Environmental Law & Policy Center)

  • Before: Macy’s corridor, pedway level. (Courtesy of the Environmental Law & Policy Center)

    Before: Macy’s corridor, pedway level. (Courtesy of the Environmental Law & Policy Center)

  • After: Macy’s corridor, pedway level. (Courtesy of the Environmental Law & Policy Center)

    After: Macy’s corridor, pedway level. (Courtesy of the Environmental Law & Policy Center)

  • Before: Millennium Station, street level. (Courtesy of the Environmental Law & Policy Center)

    Before: Millennium Station, street level. (Courtesy of the Environmental Law & Policy Center)

  • After: Millennium Station, street level. (Courtesy of the Environmental Law & Policy Center)

    After: Millennium Station, street level. (Courtesy of the Environmental Law & Policy Center)

In addition to above-ground improvements, Kamin said signage in the Pedway itself needs to be improved. “The current signage is inconsistent, uncoordinated and not helpful.”

Currently, there is no central operator of the entire Pedway. “It needs a central boss,” Kamin said. “It’s a critical thing going forward.”

Kamin joins host Phil Ponce to discuss the Pedway, the new Apple store on the Chicago River and the Obama Presidential Center and Tiger Woods’ golf course designs for Jackson Park.


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