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Loop Interior Architecture Walking Tour with Pedway

Step inside for another kind of architectural walking tour.

On our signature interior architecture walking tour, you’ll step into magnificent interior spaces and the underground Pedway. We’ve planned a creative route that weaves this mostly indoor tour through buildings and secret short-cuts. On this tour, you’ll get a solid overview of Chicago history, and a new perspective on looking at our famous architecture – both inside and out.

PLEASE NOTE: Our public walking tours are currently on hold. Please contact us about available in-person private tours, or book a private virtual tour.


Highlights of this Chicago architecture walking tour include a church in a skyscraper, a contemporary development, and a historic department store with sparkling Tiffany mosaics.

This is much more than a Pedway walking tour. This creative architecture tour ventures into beautiful lobbies and corridors of both Chicago landmarks and lesser-known historic sites. To be honest, parts of the Pedway just feel like a basement. It’s not very visually enticing! A portion of this indoor tour takes you into the Chicago Pedway, but you’ll get a color-printed map of the Pedway as a gift. That way you can explore the whole Pedway system yourself!

Going beyond the facades you see from the sidewalk means you can truly enter into different worlds of architectural space in downtown Chicago. Outdoor architecture tours, like boat tours, just involve looking at the outside of buildings. That can be a great first step, but you have to go inside to fully experience Chicago architecture.


Most of this walking tour takes place inside, which makes it great for any kind of weather. 

And who wants to listen to a volunteer tour docent rambling a bunch of memorized dates and names? Not us! Our expert tour guides are highly trained, smart, fun and passionate about Chicago architecture and history.

Chicago Detours has been in business since 2010, and we are proud to be a top-rated Chicago tour company with five-stars on both Yelp and TripAdvisor. Many of our Chicago architecture walking tours integrate historic bars, authentic neighborhood restaurants, and Chicago’s music history. We hope you’ll join us to explore stories and places locals don’t even know, both downtown and in Chicago neighborhoods!

This Chicago architecture walking tour is also available as a private group tour for nine or more guests.


1.5 Hours


.7 Miles



  • Days & Times

  • Saturday


  • Church in a skyscraper with stained glass windows
  • The “Chicago Picasso” sculpture
  • Chicago’s underground Pedway system
  • Marshall Field’s department store
  • Sparkling Tiffany mosaics
  • Chicago Cultural Center

Stories & Ideas

  • How to read Chicago’s architecture to understand its history
  • Stories of corruption and generosity
  • Why the ‘L’ is elevated
  • Design psychology behind interior space
  • A surprising history of shopping
  • Religion and social diversity

Tour Includes

  • Engaging tour guide commentary
  • Professionally printed Chicago Pedway map
  • Special Chicago gifts
  • Discounted flat-rate parking at Grant Park North Garage($15)

Tour Location

Walking tour meets inside the Marquette Building, 140 S Dearborn.
We end outside the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington.

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Call: 312.350.1131
E-Mail: [email protected]