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Chicago Pedway
Chicago Pedway

Chicago Pedway

Free admission
Chicago

The Basics

Built beginning in 1951, the Chicago Pedway provides a safe, convenient, and cozy way to navigate the city’s Central Business District—particularly when inclement weather strikes. The Pedway is accessible from many of the Loop’s most important locales, including the Richard J. Daley Bicentennial Plaza, Chicago Cultural Center, City Hall, and major downtown hotels, stations, and shopping centers. Numerous walking tours feature the Pedway. Use the network to easily access restaurants, shops, and other landmarks.

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Chicago Favorites Ultimate Food & Walking Tour
Chicago Favorites Ultimate Food & Walking Tour
$69.99 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Do it - but don’t eat beforehand
Pizza stop was awesome. Robert our tour guide new his Chicago history and he had a great sense of humor
Melvin_D, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Chicago

star-5
Great way to spend a day!
Susan_D, Nov 2021
Chicago in a Day: Food, History and Architecture Combo Tour
Our group of 5 enjoyed a great day with Kevin. His enthusiasm for Chicago is infectious. He was super personal and kept the tour moving at a great pace. It was well worth it to see so many interesting places and learn so much about the beautiful city of Chicago in just a few hours. Highly recommend. Thanks Kevin!!
star-5
Loved it! Highly recommend
John_M, Nov 2021
Chicago in a Day: Food, History and Architecture Combo Tour
This was such a great tour. Kevin was so fun and informative and the hours flew by. I highly recommend. The food was delicious and I really enjoyed the walking tour portion as well.
star-5
Rich in entertainment!
Deborah_D, Nov 2021
Chicago in a Day: Food, History and Architecture Combo Tour
Thank you, Rich for a great tour!! It was fun and informative. I'm glad I was not part of a big tour group or else I probably wouldn't have gotten to see all the awesome sights that you took us to. I'll definitely be back Chicago!
star-5
Mother Daughter take Chicago
Teesha_B, Nov 2021
Chicago in a Day: Food, History and Architecture Combo Tour
Rich was an amazing guide very knowledgeable of his surroundings and tourist sites. The food was excellent
star-5
Chicago food&history in a day.
Josephus_B, Nov 2021
Chicago in a Day: Food, History and Architecture Combo Tour
There were 8 of us in the tour including our guide Chicago Dave..very knowing and engaging guy..have all supporting pictures from his phone as the tour progresses on the history of Chicago...the food tasting was good too with a bit of history on all of them...very wonderful Dave...thanks a lot. Joe&Miles
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Chicago in the Fall
Julia_M, Nov 2021
Chicago in a Day: Food, History and Architecture Combo Tour
Kevin was the tour guide. He did an excellent job. Very informative and provided comic relief along the way. Keep up the great work. The only thing I would like to see added is another dessert option (i.e. ice cream sample). Otherwise we had a wonderful time walking around the city.
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Truly a taste of Chicago!
Cheryl_M, Nov 2021
Chicago in a Day: Food, History and Architecture Combo Tour
My first visit to Chicago, we learned a lot about the history in our walk. The food sampling was great and our tour guide shared the history on Chicagoans favorite foods! I would highly recommend for first time visitors!
star-5
Richard did a great job
Norman_W, Nov 2021
Chicago in a Day: Food, History and Architecture Combo Tour
Richard did a great job! The food stops were well organized. Very knowledgeable. Perfect weather for the walks.
star-4
Rich was very kind and...
Leslie_B, Nov 2021
Chicago in a Day: Food, History and Architecture Combo Tour
Rich was very kind and took good care of us. Nice tour, good food. Very accommodating. Wear comfy shoes!
star-5
Bravo Chicago Dave
William_R, Oct 2021
Chicago in a Day: Food, History and Architecture Combo Tour
Dave was very informative and enthusiastic. His love for the city of Chicago was evident throughout his tour. He also contacted us when we missed the start of the tour due to a lapse on our part, which he didn't have to do. We would highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Wonderful way to experience Chicago
Audrey_S, Oct 2021
Chicago in a Day: Food, History and Architecture Combo Tour
Amazing tour with fantastic guides! Wallach and Kelly made this a great experience and were both super knowledgeable about the history, architecture, and local food scene of Chicago. I love food tours and this was one of my personal favorites, I highly recommend it!
star-5
Great job!
Catherine_C, Oct 2021
Chicago in a Day: Food, History and Architecture Combo Tour
Wallach and Kelly were great. Both fun and very knowledgeable when it came to explaining both the architecture and the history of the foods we ate. Highly recommend this tour!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Chicago Pedway connects roughly 60 buildings and more than 200 businesses.

  • The Pedway is a wide-ranging network of individual sections rather than a uniform system; it’s best for newcomers to explore it with a map in hand.

  • Look for the 22 stained-glass windows opposite the Macy’s food court; they’re one of the highlight art installations to be found along the Pedway.

  • Not all areas of the Pedway are accessible via elevator; wheelchair users and those with limited mobility may have difficulties in exploring it.

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How to Get There

The Chicago Pedway can be accessed from numerous points in the Loop neighborhood. It connects to several major transit hubs, including Millennium Station and the Washington and Lake L stations. To find it, look for signs with a distinctive compass symbol. The Pedway itself is best explored on foot.

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When to Get There

The Pedway includes a number of different sections, each of which has its own opening hours. Typically, the Pedway is open to visitors Monday–Friday, 7am–7pm, though hours of individual segments and businesses vary.

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Highlight Pedway Eateries

The Pedway is home to a number of popular cafes and restaurants. You can dig into traditional barbecue dishes like pulled pork at Blackwood BBQ, visit a storied Chicago eatery at the circa 1905 Walnut Room located in Macy’s, and indulge in fancy brunch food at Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe open for breakfast and lunch.

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