Chicago Detours’ Map of the Pedway
Chicago Detours offers guided walking and bus tours of architecture, history and culture to public and private groups throughout the year. Our mission is to share stories and places locals don’t even know– including the Chicago Pedway!
Ours is the most-up-to-date map of the Pedway System that we know of. Now you can tour the underground passages on your own. No tour guide needed! The map shares the Pedway’s operating hours and has tips on navigating Chicago from underground. For a guided tour of the heated passages of the Pedway any time of year, join us on our Loop Interior Architecture Walking Tour.
Why Tour the Pedway with Us?
You’ll get a great introduction to the Pedway System on our Loop Interior Architecture Walking Tour. We emphasize “introduction” because we want to give you the tools to explore for yourself. The Chicago Pedway is not the most visually stimulating, so this walking tour goes inside beautiful interior spaces beyond the Pedway, such as magnificent lobbies and a church in a skyscraper. Tour guests receive a professionally printed copy of our Pedway map as a gift.
What is the Pedway?
We tour guides at Chicago Detours are big fans of the Chicago Pedway. The Chicago Pedway System connects buildings in downtown Chicago via ground-level walkways, “skybridges,” and underground passages. Most of the Pedway System is underground, and the climate controlled passages make for a comfortable way of navigating the city during the cold of the winter and the heat of the summer.
Why Use the Chicago Pedway?
Avoid the elements on a snowy, rainy or hot day. It’s interesting to navigate downtown Chicago like you’re in a human maze. You can also explore various styles of architecture from below. The old underground freight train tunnels are a different system, in case you were wondering. You can learn more about all the layers underneath Chicago here.
DOWNLOAD THE CHICAGO PEDWAY MAP
Register with us and we will automatically email you our Pedway map, complete with Chicago Pedway hours.
We will send you occasional mailings. You’ll be the first to get our updated map versions!
Chicago Pedway Hours of Operation
The different sections of the Pedway all have different hours. Some are regular business hours only, Monday through Friday. Other parts of the Pedway are open 24/7. Download our Pedway Map above for details on the Chicago Pedway hours.
Chicago Pedway Tours
To be honest, parts of the Pedway just feel like a basement. It’s not very visually enticing! Our Loop Interior Architecture Tour uses a portion of the Pedway to introduce guests to this element of our infrastructure and to talk about its history and importance. It is much more than a Pedway-only tour. We venture into beautiful lobbies and corridors of both Chicago landmarks and lesser-known historic sites, and using the Pedway keeps the tour cozy in all kinds of weather. Plus, guests on the tour get a color-printed map of the Pedway as a gift. That way you can explore the whole system yourself!
We hope this Pedway Map contributes to having a lovely experience in downtown Chicago architecture, whether you live in the Loop, work in the Loop, or are just visiting Chicago.