Free events Chicago Pedway.
The Pedway is an underdeveloped location in Chicago. Having lived in the Loop for more than twenty years and seeing what goes on around here I think that probably because there isn’t one owner there hasn’t been a cohesive plan to develop it. I’m sure the fact that the City is broke hasn’t helped either. During lunch time and rush hour it’s busy. Other times it’s empty and depopulated and occupied mostly by the homeless and the mentally ill so I generally don’t use it. Over the years a lot of the retail tenants have vacated so I haven’t bothered to post about it. I guess I’ll have to write a post about it.
Now the Chicago Loop Alliance has put together a program called Short-cuts.
When: December 3-14, 2018 See schedule and map below.
Where: Pedway located under Randolph Street Passageway (Macy’s 111 N. State Lower Level), Space P11 (under the Heritage, 130 N Garland Ct between Randolph and Washington) and the County Building Phone Booths (121 N. LaSalle).
About Short-cuts per Chicago Loop Alliance
Short-Cuts is a series of free performances and exhibitions that will transform the Chicago Loop’s well-used but underappreciated Pedway system. Artists and designers will showcase their creations off the grid in the Loop’s underground tunnel system, inviting the public to experience the Pedway in a new way.
Pop-up events comprising Short-Cuts include a movie night for houseplants and their humans, a site-specific sound installation inside abandoned phone booths, visual art by School of the Art Institute of Chicago students, and much more.
Where to dine and cocktail
If you’re at Macy’s or the Heritage during lunch grab to-go food from Frontera Fresco at Macy’s, 111 North State Street, Seven on Seven, 7th Floor, 312-781-1000. This outlet from Rick Bayless offers tacos, soups, tortas, and salads. Prices range from $4 for a taco to a $14 salad. Tues. 11AM-2PM: $7 for two tacos and a beverage including “house lemonade” which is delicious. Grab a rewards card at check out, register online and get $5 free. Earn $5 for every $50 spent. Or get something through Ritual including Freshii, America’s Dog, the Pittsfield Cafe and more. Cheap eats Chicago Loop Chicago Loop Happy Hours
If you’re at the County Building across LaSalle is City Social a good bar (with a happy hour) and restaurant. Get $10 off $20 purchase using Spring Rewards. Or use Ritual to order from Freshii, Hannah’s Bretzel, Luke’s Lobster and more. Cheap eats Chicago Loop Chicago Loop Happy Hours
Schedule Full description of events
Phytovision by Lindsey French
French discusses her exhibition, Phytovision, and her work on plant perception, and reads from Land of Words, a selection of poetry by plants that she edited for the journal Forty-Five.
Movement Installation by Laura Chiaramonte
Laura Chiaramonte, choreographer, dancer, teacher, and videographer through the use of dance improvisation she searches for an honest approach to movement, opening awareness of space and offering insight into the identity for herself and her audiences.
The Pedway of Today by Hui-min Tsen
December 7, 12-1 p.m. Space p11 (under the Heritage, 130 N Garland Ct between Randolph and Washington)
Artist Hui-min Tsen discusses her work in the Chicago Pedway and her pamphlet, The Pedway of Today.
Movie Night for Houseplants and their Humans by Lindsey French
December 7, 6-7 p.m. Space p11 (under the Heritage, 130 N Garland Ct between Randolph and Washington)
Lindsey French will host Movie Night for House Plants and their Humans, a reception for area residents who wish to bring their houseplants to enjoy water, grow lights, and films made just for them.
Music for Phone Booths by Jeff Kolar
December 12, 12-1 p.m. and December 13, 5-6 p.m. County Building Booths 121 N. LaSalle
“Music for Phone Booths” is a multi-channel audio installation and recorded album intended to defuse the hectic atmosphere of Chicago’s City Hall and County Building.
Lunch Hour Discussion with Jeff Kolar
December 13, 12:15-1-50 p.m. Space p11 (under the Heritage, 130 N Garland Ct between Randolph and Washington)
Artist Jeff Kolar discusses his sound installation, Music on Hold, in the phone booths located in the basement of the Cook County Building, and his impressions of the Chicago Pedway.
December 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Randolph Street Passageway (underneath Macy’s N. State Street)
Explore an installation of drawings by School of the Art Institute of Chicago students. The students worked for a semester on drawings of the Chicago Pedway.
About the Pedway (per Chicago Loop Alliance)
The Pedway is favored by commuters looking to escape the harsh weather and by people who live and work in the many buildings it connects. Knowledge of the Pedway is a special indicator of belonging, while getting lost in it can inspire the excitement of exploration. Short-Cuts taps into the character of the Pedway and uses it as a creative catalyst for activity in the Loop.
About the Chicago Loop Alliance
The Chicago Loop Alliance creates, manages and promotes high-performing urban experiences, attracting people and investment to the Loop.