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You are now in one of the newest parts of the Pedway. You are beneath the Heritage at Millennium Park, a residential high-rise tower bordered by Wabash, Randolph and Garland Court. The building, designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz, was completed in 2005 as part of the real estate craze taking advantage of proximity to Millennium Park.
The underground shops are intended as a convenience to their residents and the Pedway connection is also an amenity that allows building residents to access buildings and transportation modes without ever going outside. The building owner was incentivized to provide this benefit to city users by receiving building credits that allowed a higher building than would normally be allowed here.
Many of the storefronts remain vacant, but hopefully increased awareness of the Pedway will bring added foot traffic and spur retail interest. Don’t miss the large mural located on the back wall of the center building (the building that has a compass logo sign which directs you to Randolph Street). It is entitled “Chicago Has My Heart” and was recently created by artists Sarah Wilson, Amoz of Art and Skyler Sun. The lively mural honors the contributions of Chance the Rapper and other young artists and musicians.
Cover photo credit: midamericagrp.com.