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Walking Tour: Open Your Eyes (Chicago’s Underground Pedway & Other Secrets of the Loop)

Come experience Chicago’s famous “Pedway” – the mysterious underground tunnels downtown that keeps us all warm & dry in bad weather. Walking in the Pedway, through hidden corridors of stained glass and even underground swimming pools, we’ll access interiors that seem to come up out of nowhere as you’re exploring the tunnels. We’ll explore the hidden passages, overlooked details, rich symbolism, and quirky stories that add wonderful bits of color and texture to the overall narrative of the city. The details people walk by every day will amaze you, and you’ll feel like you’ve truly seen a hidden side of Chicago by the end of this walking tour. This is not a typical “must-see” tour for typical tourists – it’s a “must see” experience for travelers who want something BEYOND what’s typical. Is that you?

In addition to our underground wanderings to stunning architecture interiors, we will cover some “secrets” above ground, in plain sight. What are those giant green gargoyles on the library — and are they really gargoyles anyway? Did Picasso intend for his famous Daley Plaza sculpture to look like something — or someone — specific? Ending with a fabulous “secret” interior not far from the Art Institute, you’ll be in the perfect central spot for continuing your exploration of downtown Chicago on your own after the tour!

NOTE: Weekday and weekend offerings of this tour route vary slightly according to buildings’ hours of operation. But every tour explores main stretches of the Pedway, and treats guests to fabulous interiors and hidden secrets!


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