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culture walk

Discover Chicago's Underground City

culture walk

Discover Chicago's Underground City

107 reviews
Duration
1.5 hours
Group size
Up to 10 people
Hosted in
English
culture walk

Discover Chicago's Underground City

culture walk

Discover Chicago's Underground City

107 reviews
Duration
1.5 hours
Group size
Up to 10 people
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

On this all-indoor walking tour, we'll see some of Chicago's best buildings from the inside out and in from the outside. The Chicago Pedway is a series of connections between buildings that keep us from having to go outside in the winter and it is BRILLIANCE! Not a lot of people in the city know even about the pedway, it is a mystery to the even the most seasoned of natives. By the end of the tour, you'll know more than most Chicagoans do! We'll start the tour at the Thompson Center, an experimental "love it or hate it" building that is not long for this world. We'll take it in so we don't forget it when it's gone. Then off to City Hall! This is one of those "they don't make them like this anymore" type of buildings, big and beautiful and home to the Mayor of Chicago! Next through the Cook County Courthouse (you never know who you might see in here, heh) and off to Macy's/Marshall Fields, our absolute greatest treasure of a building. We'll wander under Millennium Park and see where a scene from The Dark Knight was filmed and watch the actual scene from the movie! Then we'll wrap up in my favorite lobby in the city, it is a doozy. We'll see about 9 different buildings, all without leaving the warm and dry. If you like strange infrastructure, being in the know and staying warm and dry on the coldest of days, come on this tour!

Your host

Margaret

Margaret

I'm Margaret, tour guide, improv comedian and a life-long Chicagoan who loves this city just about better than anything. I've lived in other cities, but I always come home. Chicago is the greatest city in the world. I have my own tour business and I've been giving award-winning walking tours in Chicago for eight years. I do it all, architecture, history, culture! But I do have a specialty, around here I'm known as "The Pedway Lady," yes, that's right, I am a Pedway nerd and the best one to show you this weird piece of Chicago infrastructure.

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Where you'll be

The Chicago Pedway runs primarily under downtown Chicago or "the Loop." We'll be wandering our great tourist spots, BUT, we'll be underneath it all! Most of the people walking above ground have no idea that we're even under their feet. We'll wander under the Picasso, Millennium Park, we'll hang out under Marshall Fields/Macy's (there's a surprise down there, a good one! I swear) all from inside!

Availability

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.

Communication policy

Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside the Airbnb website or app.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend. This is about a mile of walking, with lots of stops in between. Keep in mind there are lots of escalators, a few stairs and revolving doors.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

More tips

This tour is all-indoors and will sometimes be warm, layers are good! If you are running late I won't be able to get your messages or calls, so make sure to be on time for this one. These are not drippy tunnels, the Pedway is nice! And mostly pleasant, nothing to fear.
Margaret
Discover Chicago's Underground City
107 reviews
From €22/person
107 reviews
From €22/person