The New Eastside is part of the Central Business District in Chicago also known as the Loop or Downtown. It is a well-defined area bordered by Upper East Randolph Street, Michigan Avenue, the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. It consists of:
- 12 commercial towers
- 16 residential buildings
- Four hotels
- 500-plus businesses and restaurants
- Six-acre park
The New Eastside is easily accessible by public transportation, on foot and by car. Car sharing and bike rental facilities are conveniently located within the neighborhood. Several private apartment shuttles also service the area.
Lakeshore East Loop Shuttle
7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Monday through Friday
Loops from Lakeshore East to Michigan Ave. & Randolph St.
400 Condominium Shuttle (residents only)
For schedule and maps, visit www.neatside.com
Number 60, 20, 6 & 4 service New Eastside
Millennium Station, 151 E. Randolph St.
Accessible from Randolph and Wabash, or Clark and Lake stations.
Enterprise CarShare and Zipcar car sharing services, offer cars at 12 residential and commercial parking lots throughout New Eastside.
Enterprise CarShare • (855) 370-1212 • www.enterprisecarshare.com
- The Lancaster
- The Aqua
- 400 E. Randolph Condominiums
- Millennium Park
Zipcar • (866) 494-7227 • www.zipcar.com
- The Fairmont Hotel
- Harbor Dr.
Divvy Bikes • www.divvybikes.com
Chicago’s bike sharing initiative has bicycles for rent at the following locations:
- Field Boulevard and South Water Street
- Michigan Avenue and Lake Street
- Columbus Drive and Randolph Street
- DuSable Harbor
- Stetson Avenue and South Water Street
Bike and Roll • 239 E. Randolph St. • Chicago, IL 60601
Steve’s Segway Tours • (312) 946-9467 • www.stevessegwaytours.com
Operates Segway tours out of New Eastside.
The downtown pedestrian walkway system, known as the Chicago Pedway, is a system of underground tunnels and bridges that connect buildings, stores and train stations. It is a convenient pathway to use during inclement weather to travel from New Eastside to the Loop. Many dining options exist in the New Eastside Pedway as well as resources such as the post office and courier companies FedEx and UPS.
Aqua Pedway (Pedway Level)
225 N. Columbus Dr. • Chicago, Il, 60601
Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Saturday,
6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday* Closed – *Some sections of the Pedway have different hours and are open on Sunday.
Tips for navigating the Chicago Pedway
- Set aside some time to do scouting trips and explore the Pedway.
- Don’t be scared of getting lost. It’s part of the learning process.
- Avoid exploring during lunch hour. It’s just too crowded. On Sundays, some parts of the Pedway are closed.
- It’s not just for cold days. Use the Pedway to avoid rain, extreme heat and wind.
What did you think of the New Eastside Pedway?
After living here for over a year, I finally tried exploring the pedway. I experienced quite a new world and felt much like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. There is access to restaurants and the train system and I found Macy’s and saw Block 37
for the first time. I felt more comfortable knowing that this is a safe, cleaner-than-I-expected route into the Loop. And while there is no place like home, it’s nice to get out into a different part of the city, the underground city of Chicago.
– Serena Wadhwa | New Eastside Resident