“Taste of the Pedway” Tour

“your body is not a temple, it's an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.” - Bourdain

The "Original Taste of the Pedway" Tour begins at 10:00 am every other Thursday at 111 East Wacker - inside lower lobby. This tour combines an exploration of the Pedway, great stories featuring Chicago history and architecture, trivia games, prizes and the best tastes found only in the Pedway all rolled into one amazing experience!

Guests begin the tour by exploring the Pedway for about 45 minutes to build up a pleasant appetite! Along the way, our tour guides entertain guests with great stories about Chicago's past and present while challenging them to a one-of-a-kind food trivia challenge. Guests compete for prizes so plan on coming prepared to show your stuff!

The tour's first stop is at the incomparable "SNARF's" featuring their famous Chicken Mambo spicy Chili. From SNARF's the tour continues this "Urban Safari" as it winds its way through hidden corridors of the Pedway. Next stop is Chicago's best flavored popcorn at Chicago Kernel located in Millennium Station. This irresistible Popcorn comes in resealable bags so guests can enjoy some right then or they can bring home for a future snack.

After a quick stop at the Chicago Cultural Center for some good storytelling, the tour proceed to Infield's located in the lower level of Macy's Department Store. While guests sit comfortably in their special seating area, they choose between a couple items including Infield's inimitable smoked turkey sandwich on cinnamon bread with cranberry mayo. Yum! As a bonus, guests also receive a taste of their famous brownie for the ultimate sweet treat. Next up is the exceptional tastes found only at Whichwich located in Block 37. This stop includes both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options including their one-of-a-kind Caprese Sandwich.

For a change of pace and another unique taste, the tour's next stop is at the Starfruit Cafe for a frozen Kefir. Guests choose from a variety of flavors that change daily. After quick stops at the Daley Center and City Hall, guests relish their final food taste stop at the unparalleled MBURGER for either a delicious cheeseburger or flavored milkshake.

“Taste of the Pedway” Tour Highlights

  • Tour Duration: 3 hours
  • Guests holding Signature Tour daily deal vouchers (Chicago History, Pedway Explorers or Pedway & Loop) may upgrade to this tour for only $15 per person.
  • Tours are conducted in Chicago’s indoor heated Pedway. Tours begin at 111 East Wacker - inside lower lobby and end at State of Illinois Building - 100 West Randolph.
  • Great family fun!
  • Tours are held every Thursday at 10:00 am - medium walking. Check-in begins at 9:30 am.
  • FITBIT STEPS: 5,200
  • Minimum: 4 guests
  • Maximum: 16 guests
  • Plenty of places to sit and relax while listening to great storytelling.
  • Learn about Chicago’s most fascinating characters including the architects, millionaires, vice figures and politicians (typically both in Chicago)!
  • Refreshingly fun!
  • Trivia contest and prizes along the tour route!
  • 48 hour cancellation policy.

“Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the 'Titanic' who waved off the dessert cart.” - Erma Bombeck

During this exclusive "Urban Safari", guests learn all about the history of the Pedway and by use of our special tour map, navigate nearly 2 miles of this unique urban terrain. And most importantly, along the way guests sample a cornucopia of tastes at some of the following:

  • SNARFs - Yummy Chicken Mambo (Spicy Chicken Chili) or Rotisserie Chicken Sandwich
  • Chicago Kernel - Chicago Mix Popcorn (Cheese and Caramel)
  • Infields (Macy's) - Chicken Chili or Smoked Turkey Sandwich with bacon on Cinnamon Bread and Cranberry Mayo plus a taste of a brownie
  • Starfruit - Kefir (various flavors)
  • M Burger - Delicious Hamburger or Cheeseburger or Milk Shake

Testimonials

“A Tour that won't leave your hungry!”

5 of 5 stars - reviewed 4-8-16

"My wife and I took the Taste of the Pedway tour yesterday. Dan O'Connell was our guide. This was a completely enjoyable walking tour of approximately 3.5 hours through the fascinating underground of downtown Chicago. We stopped at several food places along the way. We had a lot of food and it was good. Start this tour hungry. I can't say enough good things about Dan. His personable nature, depth of knowledge and his enthusiasm were infectious. This was a tour of constant learning and good exercise at a nice pace. Dan made it point to make the guests feel comfortable, involved and you felt like you were with a family member showing you the sites. I have lived in the Chicago area all my 63 years and learned so many things I did not know before. This tour gave me a much greater appreciation of the city. I highly recommend this tour and we received this tour as a gift from our children. This was a great gift."

Roy A

Chicago, IL

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“Taste of Pedway Tour”

5 of 5 stars - reviewed 3-24-16

"We went on the Taste of Pedway tour on a cold, rainy March morning. The tour lasts about 3.5 hours, all of which takes place indoors along the Chicago Pedway. We walked approximately 1.5 miles, which moves at a slower pace and includes bathroom breaks. We stopped for some great food along the way (approx 5 stops), learned fun facts and had a great tour of the Chicago Pedway system.

Dan O’Connell was our tour guide and was nothing short of phenomenal. I believe that Dan is one of the company owners and has a vested interest in the tour company. He is an endless source of Chicago information, revealing both historical and architectural facts, as well as Chicago folklore. Along with history and architecture, Dan tossed in “food trivia” as well, as this was a “Taste Tour”. He even gave out gift cards for those in the group who correctly answered his trivia questions. I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND to this both tourists and Chicagoans alike.

Be sure to come hungry! The food was quite plentiful. We actually, had to take a doggie bag home, even after all the walking.

Eileen

Chicago

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“Awesome Taste of the Pedway Tour - tons o fun!”

5 of 5 stars - visited January 2016

"A group of my friends and I decided to try the Taste of the Pedway Tour; it sounded like a fun & interesting experience on a cold January day. Everything was seamless to making the reservation, to the directions we were provided on where to find the starting point, to the entire fascinating & enjoyable tour. Dan was our Tour Guide and for 3 1/2 hours we enjoyed the history lesson he gave us, the trivia games he did to make it fun (with gift card rewards for correct answer!), not to mention the abundance of yummy food all along the way to the beauty of Chicago's intricate Pedway system. None of us wanted it to end!! We will definitely be checking out other excursions with these folks & highly recommend their affordable and well-thought-out tours."

Mrs. D

Chicago, IL

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"A tasty Taste of the Pedway Tour"

"February in Chicago is...well...not exactly a traveler's fondest wish. But the city's Pedway is mostly (but not entirely) underground. In any event, it's well away from the weather. Chicago's Finest tours provides more than a taste of this surprising and varied underground realm. Our guide, greeted us with a jumbo hot chocolate to set a sweet tone at Houlihan's Restaurant, a warm, welcoming eating place near the river and Michigan Avenue Bridge. Thus nourished (and warmed), we were off to see the wizardry wrought by the city and its commercial partners. The chili at SNARF's was a zesty, fiery treat; some augmented the heat with a dash or two of various pepper sauces. When is popcorn not just popcorn? Why, when it comes from Chicago Kernel located in Millennium Station! We each received a good-size bag of a favorite blend: caramel and cheddar mixed together. And what's a visit to Chi-town without a Chicago-style hotdog (no ketchup, please!). And that's what was delivered to our merry throng at Infield's Pub, one of the many dining establishments along the Pedway. Totally stuffed, we ended our tour at M-Burger in the Thompson Center and had a choice between a burger or shake!!

Along the way we heard stories about the areas we were passing though, and saw beautiful dome rooms at the cultural center. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and amiable, which made the day more pleasant. Who knew there was so much in the Pedway? And who knew, a cold miserale day could be so transformed into a great experience? I highly recommend this tour!"

Visited February, 2014

Robert N - Chicago, IL