"Chicago Detours Shares Free Pedway Map"
As temperatures drop again, Chicago Detours encourages Chicagoans to download the free Chicago Pedway Map to navigate the system of passages that connect buildings in downtown Chicago. The top-rated tour company offers it for download on their website, and guests on the Loop Interior Architecture Walking Tour, which is offered seven days a week, receive professionally printed copies as a gift.
Executive Director Amanda Scotese had the map to designed to be user friendly. She found that guests on the Loop Interior Architecture Walking Tour were intimidated to enter into unmarked doors, so the map elucidates where exactly entrances are to access the 40-block-long network of passages.
The two-page map, which is designed to be printed and folded into a sort of booklet versus viewed online, divides the extensive Pedway system into sections. It includes helpful details, such as the disparate open hours for different sections and tips on navigating the system.
Chicago Detours' Executive Director Amanda Scotese was featured on January 2, 2018 on WGN-TV's "Evening News." They ran a segment on the Chicago Pedway System. Scotese has been interviewed by various television stations to talk about the Pedway over the years.
Scotese originally designed the map in 2012 as a useful guide that would welcome people into using the system. While other maps of the Pedway exist, such as the city's version from early 2013, they do not outline where exactly to access the Pedway, which is one of the most confusing aspects of the system.
"I found from the guests on our Loop Interior Architecture Tour that lots of people are not nearly as nosy as I am!" Scotese explains, "While I am used to just walking into downtown places that I know are open to the public, like building lobbies, people who don't live or work in downtown Chicago may not so naturally step inside. By marking all stairways and entrances to buildings and passages that connect with the Pedway, our map explicitly delineates where people are permitted to enter buildings."
The Chicago Pedway system extends more than 40 blocks to connect close to 50 buildings, train stations and underground parking structures. More information about the Chicago Pedway System can be found on the Chicago Detours Blog.
ABOUT CHICAGO DETOURS
Chicago Detours is a team of educators, historians, artists and storytellers, founded by Amanda Scotese, who honed her skills as a tour professional during the several years she has worked as a tour guide and guidebook researcher with the travel company of Rick Steves. Scotese studied architecture, urbanism, and art history through her interdisciplinary M.A. in the Humanities at the University of Chicago. The creative tour company blogs about Chicago architecture and history at blog.chicagodetours.com.
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