A City Below a City

The Windy City. The crown jewel of the Midwest. Chicago.

Undoubtedly hidden in the shadow of New York City and Los Angeles, Chicago is the cultural capital of the Midwestern United States.

Yes it has had a rough reputation the past few years of violence and crime, but a city that is home to the Cubs, Rise Against, and Barack Obama has to be a place one wants to see.

The highlight of this city seems to be shifting not from its museums, restaurants, or sports venues, but a vast underground neighborhood called, the Pedway.

Not only seemingly beneficial for avoiding the notorious tough Chicago winters or crowded intersections, the Pedway has greatly grown in popularity over the past couple of years.

Seemingly unknown to most people, the Pedway spans over 5 miles underneath the Chicago Loop, and is home to a collection of stores, restaurants, and other sights and sounds that draw people from all over.

The Pedway’s uniqueness and relative obscurity attracts the most adventurous people, and is accelerating a regrowth and revival of this unique neighborhood that has existed since the early 1950s.

Even as a kid from Detroit who has some minor animosity to the city of Chicago (Blackhawk fans I’m looking at you), I would definitely plan to make a stop to the Pedway the next time I visit the Windy City.