Pedway “Explorers” Tour

The Pedway (Pedestrian Walk-Way) spans nearly 5 miles in length and it is an assortment of underground corridors, building concourses, food courts, train stations and sky-bridges. It is the city’s secret weapon against the realities of Chicago’s harsh winter. During this “Urban Safari”, guests learn all about the history of the Pedway and by use of our special tour map, navigate nearly 2 and ¼ miles of this unique urban terrain. In addition, our tour guides take you to some interesting locales like City Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, Macy’s and many more. Along the way, guests hear interesting stories about Chicago’s past, present and future and revel in the stories of many of the city’s most colorful characters!

Pedway “Explorers” Tour Highlights

  • Tour Duration: 2 and 1/2 hours – maximum walking
  • Explore the hidden secrets and mysteries of the Chicago Pedway.
  • Hear entertaining stories featuring the buildings along, below and above the Pedway.
  • Learn about Chicago’s explosive past and hear interesting stories of some of city’s most fascinating characters.
  • Tours begin at the Hyatt Regency Chicago - 151 East Upper Wacker - inside main lobby near the Concierge desk and end at Thompson Center - 100 West Randolph.
  • Tours are held every Wednesday and Friday at 10:00 am - maximum walking.
  • Tour Size Minimum: 4 Guests
  • Learn how the Pedway was impacted by the Great Chicago Flood!
  • Trivia contest
  • 48 hour cancellation policy.

“A Pedway Runs through It”!

The city of Chicago owes its winter existence to the Pedway and the Pedway owes its existence to the city! Come and learn the vital role the Pedway plays in the daily lives of the people who survive here during the city’s long and often bitter winters. Learn how the Pedway began and how it is evolved in one of the great Pedestrian transports in the world.


“Warm When It's Cold”

5 of 5 stars - reviewed January 2016

"One not so cold Friday while visiting Chicago, took the Pedway Explorers Tour. Richard was our guide for the two hour + walk. Used trivia questions to keep us involved. That worked! Learned a lot about the history of the pedway and the City, in general. Followed map to get from the Chicago River at Wacker to Clark and Lake, rarely going outside. I thought the pedway would be less finished or attractive. Not at all. The walk is manageable and doesn't require the participants to be mountain goats. Nice pace."


St. Louis, MO