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Chicago: Underground Pedway & Downtown Secrets Walking Tour

Chicago: Underground Pedway & Downtown Secrets Walking Tour

From US$ 35 per person

Explore downtown Chicago through its famous underground tunnels, known as "The Pedway," accessing beautiful architectural interiors from both above ground and below. Find hidden buildings and gardens, and the "secrets" of famous art in plain sight.

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  • Access beautiful architectural interiors through secret passages
  • Discover the secret meanings behind world-famous public art from Picasso, Kapoor, and more
  • Walk through filming locations of famous scenes from movies like "The Blues Brothers," "The Fugitive," and "The Untouchables"
Full description
Come experience Chicago's famous "Pedway" – the mysterious underground tunnels downtown that keeps us all warm & dry in bad weather. Wandering the Pedway, through hidden corridors of stained glass and even underground swimming pools, you'll access interiors that seem to come up out of nowhere. In the first part of our 2-hour walk, on weekdays, you'll see beautiful and historic government building interiors, learning not only about the design and history of the buildings, but also about the movies filmed there. On weekends, as government buildings are closed, we instead explore a couple stunning interiors with stained glass mosaics that will leave you awe-struck. You'll walk under full blocks of buildings, up and down staircases, accessing these buildings through the Pedway's secret passages. In the second part of our walk, you'll discover some of the other "secrets of the Loop" hidden in plain sight. What is the meaning behind "The Bean"? What is the significance of Chicago and Route 66? How can someone walk right by a garden and not even SEE it -- or walk by a building and not see it, for that matter? You'll find so many secrets, packed into a leisurely 2-hour walk with your expert Chicago guide. Ending with a fabulous “secret” interior near the Art Institute, you’ll be in the perfect central spot for continuing your exploration of downtown Chicago on your own after the tour!
  • Expert guide
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with claustrophobia
  • Wheelchair users
  • People with low level of fitness

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Meeting point

Meet your guide (who will have a name tag and binder) in front of 120 N. LaSalle St. There is a giant mosaic mural over the front door. Please make sure to give yourself time to find the starting location, as tours begin promptly on time. Check-in with your guide as soon as you arrive.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Know before you go

  • This tour has a moderate level of physical activity: a few short staircases, and about 1.5 miles of walking. Tour takes place rain or shine, with plenty of indoor stops to warm up in the case of cold or rainy weather.
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The tour was interesting and informative. We saw a ton of beautiful places that we would have never seen on our own!

June 20, 2022

This was a very nice and informative tour off the beaten track. We saw things we would never have seen otherwise. Frankie was very dedicated.

May 27, 2022

Frankie was an excellent guide and gave us a great tour. Lots of little gems around the city hidden in plain sight. Highly recommended!

May 12, 2022

Product ID: 414815