- Randolph Street (Chicago)
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Randolph Street is a street in
Chicago, Illinois, USA. It runs east-west through the Chicago Loop, carrying westbound traffic west from Michigan Avenue across the Chicago Riveron the Randolph Street Bridge, interchanging with the Kennedy Expressway( I-90/ I-94), and continuing west. It serves as the northern boundary of the Chicago Landmark Historic Michigan Boulevard District.
East of Michigan Avenue, Randolph Street is a two-way street taking traffic to
Lake Shore Drive. Just east of Michigan, Randolph crosses over the Metra Electric/South Shore Line and splits into two levels, an upper level (via the outer lanes) and a middle level (via the inner lanes). The upper level carries local traffic to the Illinois Center, Aon Centerand Prudential Plazadevelopments, and was built in conjunction with them; it also takes traffic to the new Lakeshore Eastdevelopment. Intersections with the upper level are provided with Stetson Avenue (which only heads north, and only intersects westbound Randolph) and Columbus Drive (which only heads north). The middle level, which takes traffic to Lake Shore Drive, intersects the middle level of Columbus. A lower level also exists between Stetson and Columbus, intersecting lower Columbus (and ramps to middle Columbus).
East of Columbus, Randolph continues as a triple-decker street. The lower level intersects with a short piece of Field Boulevard; at that point, the upper level narrows to lie only over the north side of the middle level. Field Boulevard was the original
Lake Shore Drive, and crossed the upper level of Randolph (which was the only level at the time). Old Lake Shore Drive (Field Boulevard) south of Randolph is now the Cancer Survivors Plaza; north of Randolph it was a viaduct at the level of current Upper Randolph and has been demolished. A new Upper Field Boulevard was recently built as part of the Lakeshore Eastdevelopment; it ramps down to ground (lower) level.
After Field Boulevard, the narrowed upper level and service level continue east to the double-decker Harbor Drive, where they end. Harbor Drive provides access to several buildings and then itself dead ends. The middle level then continues east to an interchange with
Lake Shore Driveand a dead end just beyond. Metra's Millennium Stationis located under Randolph Street.
Randolph Street was named for
Randolph County, Illinoisand was part of the original plot of Chicago in the 1830s.
Randolph originally ended at Michigan Avenue. In 1937, in conjunction with the building of
Lake Shore Drive, a double-decker viaductwas built over the Illinois Central Railroad's rail yard, connecting Michigan to Lake Shore (which was where Field Boulevard is now). This viaduct still exists west of Columbus Drive as the upper level; it intersected LSD (Field) at the current upper level. The lower level of the viaduct was never used.
In 1963 the upper level was built east of Field to serve the new
Outer Drive Eastbuilding. Between 1970 and 1980, the viaduct was demolished east of Columbus; this probably happened after the extension of Wacker Driveto Lake Shore opened in December 1975. By 1988 the new Randolph had been completed, including a new upper level west of Columbus. East of Columbus, this level was built to slope down to the old upper level, which was orphaned by the move of Lake Shore Drivein 1986. The old viaduct was kept west of Columbus, and it slopes down to a middle level east towards the new Lake Shore Drive. Thus access was kept between this level and Lake Shore. The service level may have been added at this time or it may be older.
Buildings on Randolph include the following: [http://www.google.com/search?q=+site:www.emporis.com+%22randolph+street%22+emporis&num=100&hl=en&lr=&safe=off&filter=0]
City View Tower(720-726W)
Randolph Place Lofts(~500W)
Boeing World Headquarters(~400W)
Franklin and Randolph Office Building(~300W)
Michael A. Bilandic Building(~150W)
Chicago Title and Trust Building(~100W)
James R. Thompson Center(100W)
Richard J. Daley Center(55W)
*Oriental Theatre (32W)
The Heritage at Millennium Park(~50E)
Millennium Park Plaza(151 N. Michigan Ave.)
One Prudential Plaza(130E)
Two Prudential Plazaand Millennium Station(~150E)
*Aon Center (200E)
McDonald's Cycle Center(239E)
Blue Cross Blue Shield Tower(300E)
Daley Bicentennial Plaza(337E)
340 on the Park(340E)
Outer Drive East(400E)
Harbor Point(155 N Harbor Dr.)
Multilevel streets in Chicago
* Aerial photos from 1938, 1970, 1980, and 1988.
* Data from the
National Bridge Inventory.
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