Okay, I’ll leave politics out of this; I didn’t see any big city rats in Chicago’s city beneath the city during our tour with Chicago Detours. No snakes either. The sections of the five miles of disjointed tunnels that Jimmy and I got to see as we moved from one to another of Chicago's historic buildings looked like something out of the movie, Minority Report; a stark, brightly lit futuristic city populated with busy citizens, all walking with a sense of heightened purpose just beneath the busy streets of America’s third most populous city.
Of course, why would anybody want to give up the street-level sights and sounds of Chicago’s beautiful city by the lake for a walk inside the bland, disjointed network of tunnels, ground-level concourses and bridges connecting skyscrapers, retail stores and train stations throughout the central business district?
Rain would be one good reason. The day of our Inside the Loop Interior Architectural Tour with Chicago Detours, rain was soaking the city in a light but cold and steady spring shower, reducing the usual crowds at Daley Plaza (it’s the go-to public plaza for protests, festivals, rallies and meeting friends) to a handful of Mary Poppins wannabes dodging a colorful array of life-size letters, courtesy of the Chicago Art Institute, shouting PICASSO with all the gusto of a neon rainbow.
There was very little commerce cooking beneath Chicago’s Block 37 Shops on State Street.
The clock was still running on our own race, our 90-minute private tour (Jimmy and I were the only ones who did not cancel because of the rain). With the Pedway signs few and far between,