Sidewalk Plaque: Right of Access
On Friday, I was walking back from lunch with Christine when I noticed a small plaque embedded in the sidewalk, just outside the Northernmost entrance of Chase Tower.
The message is carve into metal, and embedded into the sidewalk. The text of it reads:
I spotted another embedded sign on the NW corner of Madison and Dearborn, with the same text but featuring two intersection lines, indicating the property border. My guess is that this sign is some kind of legal requirement or protective thing, and it ended up being cheaper to simply jam the thing into the sidewalk (versus creating some kind of signage that might need repair).
In a city like Chicago, there’s always something that clamors for your attention – the movement of pedestrians and cars around you, the towering buildings above you. But it was surprising to me to find this small bit of text, seemingly appearing out of nowhere. How many others have noticed this, I wonder? How many more have overlooked it?
It’s a little hard to spot but you can see it, right in front of the rotating doors, in this view on Google Maps.