Chicago Pedway Tours: Explore Scenic Views and Rich History
Chicago Pedway Tour
Located in the Loop, the Chicago pedway connects buildings below the ground, a warm refuge especially during the colder winter months. The pedway is also a popular place to enjoy local flavors with lots of places to eat, enjoy a beer or cocktail, and simply hang out. During the Pedway Tour, you start at the Block 37 Shopping Mall, located at 1 W. Randolph across from Macy's. Spirited tour guide Margaret from Chicago Elevated greets tour-goers at the elevators in a red baseball cap. Margaret has been doing this for a while, as evidenced by her glowing reviews from Yelpers who took the tour.
Wander along the underground walkways, a metropolitan matrix with strange spaces and sights worth seeing. Stroll into some of the landmark buildings in the Loop, and learn more about their history and architecture. Admire the lobbies illuminated in fine Tiffany glass. The walking tour is about a mile long with your fun and knowledgeable guide leading the way and answering questions. Thanks to the heated pedway, you'll have the opportunity to take shelter from the city's well-known winter winds.
Even locals have commented that this tour was a surprising exploration of this unexpectedlyexpansivesystem. You'll also gain access to the Chicago Cultural Center, a beautiful building with interesting, free exhibits. Hear anecdotes, pick up some fascinating historical facts, and see a whole other side of Chicago's skyline, winter sculptures and local landmarks. The 90-minute tour is $20 for adults, $10 for kids.
Sign up for one of the popular walking tours at http://www.chicagoelevated.com/. While Margaret greets her guests at 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays, this tour and others are also available throughout the week. Look online to plan ahead for your adventures.