The Chicago Pedway Tour

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ABOUT THIS EVENT
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Event Overview

 


You've heard about it, whispers, hints about something called, "The Pedway."


You've been in it...maybe, you're not sure, but maybe under Marshall Field's/Macy's? 


Come on the Chicago Pedway Tour and bust the myths! This masterclass on the Chicago Pedway will explore this strange piece of urban infrastructure as you go under, around, over and through buildings in the Loop without ever going outside. 


The Pedway winds through office buildings and hotels that during the week are filled with people. But on the weekend, it has an eerily quiet feel to it. We'll wander through "the new Eastside," get lost and found under the Hyatt, see strange art pieces and fake cobblestone streets.


And we'll talk about the Pedway. We'll dive deep into the map. We'll talk about planning (there isn't any) and governance (there isn't any!) and we'll talk about the Pedway as something deeper than hallways connecting buildings. It's a strange piece of city infrastructure, a mystery to even the most seasoned natives. 

What You Can Expect From This Experience
  • An in-depth dive into the Pedway and an experiences (and hilarious!) guide.
  • An off-map, secret Pedway connection
  • Tiffany glass!
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Margaret Hicks

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Margaret Hicks is a comedian, tour guide, author and lover of all things Chicago. She moved to NYC 10 years ago and when she got home, she promised never to take Chicago for granted again.

EXPERIENCE REVIEWS

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    Rosalita J.
    Reviewed on 02/08/20

    Our tour guide, Margaret Hicks, was very knowledgeable with great background information regarding the history of the pedway. She made the tour extremely enjoyable by adding a bit of her improvisational style.

    Our tour guide, Margaret Hicks, was very knowledgeable with great background information regarding the history of the pedway. She made the tour extremely enjoyable by adding a bit of her improvisational style.

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    Cheryl C.
    Reviewed on 04/21/19

    The tour was such fun. It was informative and also very much fun because Margaret Hicks our guide was a joy to listen to.

    The tour was such fun. It was informative and also very much fun because Margaret Hicks our guide was a joy to listen to.

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    Liana B.
    Reviewed on 04/15/19

    Our tour guide Margaret was so great. Not only was she very knowledgeable, but she was also hilarious. This made for a very entertaining tour. I was especially impressed with Margaret's research as it was evident that she had contacted many of the businesses/owners along our pedway route. I am definitely interested in taking her weekday Pedway tour since it takes us through another part of the Pedway.

    Our tour guide Margaret was so great. Not only was she very knowledgeable, but she was also hilarious. This made for a very entertaining tour. I was especially impressed with Margaret's research as it was evident that she had contacted many of the businesses/owners along our pedway route. I am definitely interested in taking her weekday Pedway tour since it takes us through another part of the Pedway.

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    Courtney C.
    Reviewed on 04/13/19

    Loved it! Margaret was fantastic! So energetic and goofy - couldn’t have asked for a better guide. Buckle up because the pedway is a bumpy ride!

    Loved it! Margaret was fantastic! So energetic and goofy - couldn’t have asked for a better guide. Buckle up because the pedway is a bumpy ride!

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    Rachel C.
    Reviewed on 04/07/18

    Margaret is great! I really enjoyed this introduction to the weird and fascinating Pedway system. I'm looking forward to taking another tour with Margaret in the future.

    Margaret is great! I really enjoyed this introduction to the weird and fascinating Pedway system. I'm looking forward to taking another tour with Margaret in the future.

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    Tamar A.
    Reviewed on 02/24/18

    Margaret was super enthusiastic. If you want to learn about the Pedway system from its #1 fan, this is for you! I imagine this tour has a much different feel during the weekdays, since the Pedway is largely used by commuters and is eerily empty for a weekend tour.

    Margaret was super enthusiastic. If you want to learn about the Pedway system from its #1 fan, this is for you! I imagine this tour has a much different feel during the weekdays, since the Pedway is largely used by commuters and is eerily empty for a weekend tour.

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    Emily C.
    Reviewed on 02/04/18

    My friend and I wanted to do something fun and stumbled upon this tour and we had a great time. Margaret is an amazing and funny guide. She shares all the secrets of the pedway and her enthusiasm is infectious. Wether you're a life long Chicagoan or visiting, you will learn and have fun on this tour.

    My friend and I wanted to do something fun and stumbled upon this tour and we had a great time. Margaret is an amazing and funny guide. She shares all the secrets of the pedway and her enthusiasm is infectious. Wether you're a life long Chicagoan or visiting, you will learn and have fun on this tour.

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