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The difference in the tunneling systems at UIUC and at MIT is that one is fully institutionalized as a part of the MIT experience, and the other is something more likely to get an administrator to suspend you than excited about your story. In googling for the MIT/Kremlin tunnel reference, I came across a Family Weekend 2006 activity listing: On the list?

"MIT Tunnel Tour: A subterranean landscape of the campus
5:30 pm and 9 pm (45 minutes)

One-sixth of a mile long, the Infinite Corridor is the backbone of a subterranean system connecting labs, classrooms, offices, and libraries. Legend hails it as the third longest tunnel system in the world, after the corridors of the Kremlin and the Pentagon. Come explore guided by the MIT Student Ambassadors. "

That almost takes some of the fun out of it.

ETA: Clarification from someone more knowledgable than me brought to light the fact that MIT has a public/open tunnel system -- described above -- and a steam tunnel system which is not public. So, UIUC doesn't have the equivilant of the 'open' tunnel system, and the steam tunnel system maps more closely to the only existing UIUC tunnels. I just didn't realize they were seperate.

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my high school supposedly had a tunnel that went all the way to city hall. i never went that far, but they were definitely long and dark, and started in a hole in the wall in an unused boiler room full of rotting theater props

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