The Pedway Project – A Week in the Life – A WEEK IN THE PEDWAY

I’ve been giving the Pedway Tour for close to seven years now (January 18, 2010!). I love the Pedway, I really do, I consider it a friend. Somedays? It’s my best friend.

Yes. Yes I did totally just admit that.

Ok, so, Chicago is famous for it’s neighborhoods right? We have 77 distinct and different neighborhoods.

I’m calling it 78 neighborhoods.

The Pedway is totally one of our neighborhoods! It is the unsung hero of Chicago infrastructure, paralleled only by Lower Wacker, IMHO. More than a series of hallways, shoeshine guys, government workers and a homeless guy here and there, the Pedway is an integral part of Chicago, a glimpse into a part of the city that happens under your nose and with little fanfare. Well, I want to pay it back and give it some fanfare.

The Pedway Project

On January 8th, 2017, after my 9AM Winter Tour, I will descend, Persephone-like, into the Pedway and I will not breathe fresh air until I do the Winter Tour the following Sunday.

I am going to live, work and play in the Pedway for one week, proving that the it is indeed, one of our neighborhoods. I’m going to work (I can still give Pedway Tours!), have social engagements, go to the gym, the movies, to dinner – all without going outside.

I am being sponsored by the fabulous Fairmont Hotel, where I will be staying during my experiment. They are awesome to help me and I’m looking forward to my stay there! I will be blogging, video-blogging and Instagramming/Tweeting/Facebooking all of my adventures. You can sign up for the blog here on this page by entering your email if you want updates!

Also, I will be doing FREE 45-minute tours of the Pedway leaving from the Fairmont Hotel Mon-Fri that week. Click the button below to sign up for free tours!

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Chicago Walking Tours

If you’re looking for the best in Chicago walking tours, then you have come to the right place! Please peruse the offerings and if you have any questions, feel free to ask. If you are interested in a custom or private tour, just let me know. I like doing them. I’ll rock it out for you.

Reservations are required for all Chicago walking tours: You can either purchase tickets on the website, or you can call me 773.593.4873 or write me at margaret(at)

The Chicago Pedway Tour

Mondays & Thursdays at 10:30AM

Saturdays at 10:30AM And I just ADDED A 12/10/16  1:00PM TOUR!

The tour is 90 minutes and is 20$ per person.


Your first question may be – what the heck is the Chicago Pedway anyway?

And my answer would be, the Pedway (along with Lower Wacker IMHO) is the unsung hero of Chicago. It’s an all-indoor series of hallways and walkways that keep Chicago warm (and cool in the summer!) and dry.

Sure, some may see only shoe-shine places and convenience stores, but we know better!  When we start to dig into the Pedway and examine it – it reveals itself to be a fascinating study. This tour will talk about the Pedway, the history of it and how to use it, but you also get a really great insight into the city, it’s architecture and it’s history. Plus, we have a ton of fun on the Pedway Tour.

The Pedway is not a well-known part of the city, a mystery to even the most seasoned natives. It will challenge your logic, your senses (it mostly smells good, I promise!) and definitely your sense of direction. There’s art and beauty and life down there,  and the best part is, you are basically getting a full Chicago highlights tour without ever going outside! So good.

START: The Monday/Thursday tour starts at The Thompson Center – 100 W. Randolph – come inside and head DOWN the escalator and meet me in the dead center of the food court. I’ll be in my fancy red baseball cap.

The Saturday Pedway Tour starts at The Fairmont Hotel – 200 N. Columbus – come inside the lobby and I’ll meet you there in my fancy red baseball cap.

FINISH: Tours end roughly at Michigan and Randolph

EXPECTATIONS: About a mile and a half, good amount of walking, ups and downs and escalators, etc.


The BADASS Winter Tour

I LOVE WINTER!!! I’m totally serious, I really do. It’s pretty and quiet and the steel gray of the sky and the steel gray of the buildings and it’s all just so cool and strong and Chicago. And there’s something to going out on a long, brisk, winter walk and then coming inside, rosy-cheeked, getting warm, rubbing hands, sipping tea…

So! I have created a Winter Tour that is all of things I love about the cold, come enjoy winter with me!! Pull on your long-underwear and your warmest undershirts, pile on the cozy sweaters and scarves, zipper up your coat, snap on your mittens and join me on this urban winter wonderland walk.

We’ll head out to see trippy Maggie Daley Park and it’s “why didn’t we think of that before” skating ribbon! Then we’ll head to Millennium Park to check out The Bean (SO cute with a lil pat of snow on the top!) then a lovely heated break as we get ready to head to Lake Michigan! The lake is so pretty in winter and calm and strong and scary and peaceful – it’s just beautiful and it’s a whole different lake than it’s sparkling summer counterpart.

There will be “warming” breaks here and there, but I’m going to be honest with you here, we will not be turning back for cold! Please see this link on What To Wear In Winter In Chicago. No messing around with this stuff, it is important that you give a Chicago winter the respect it deserves. This tour is not for the slightly dressed.

The Winter Tour

**If it is dangerously cold outside, your lovely tour guide will take care of you. We’re still going outside, but we’ll do a lot more warm breaks and the path of the tour may change a bit, but that is only under very extreme conditions. Not much will scare away us away.

Tour Times

Fridays at 1:00PM – 2:30PM

Sundays at 9:00AM – 10:30AM


Tour Prices

The Winter Tour is $20 per person.

What to expect

Cold. Expect it to be cold.

Long underwear
Lots of layers
*Better to have too much than too little*


These Chicago Walking Tours Will Return In 2017, But Can Always Be Booked As A Private Tour!


Private tours are my specialty. If you’re looking for something specific or have an idea, I can totally help! If you’d like me to put something excellent together for you, I’d love to, we can talk and I’ll find out what you’re interests are and we can plan a private tour for the ages! I’ll give you the straight scoop too, not just the standard take on the standard information.

Prices for a two-hour private tour are 30$ per person and a 90$ minimum, so if it’s one, two or three people, it will be 90$!

1-4 people = $150

4-8 people = $200

Groups over 8 people, give me a call or shoot me an email and we can talk price and length, etc. Private tours are a great way to get exactly what you want out of your walking tour, so please feel free to email me at margaret(at) or call me at 773.593.4873. Fun!


BINOCULARS TOUR (Everyone gets a pair of binoculars and we’re looking at gargoyles, etc!)







Fresh off the success of a Second City tour, the 12-year improv vet who’s “done funny” at the Playground, iO and Annoyance, among others, says she’ll break into impersonations, which include urban planner Daniel Burnham, the late Mayor Richard J. Daley (who, she added, “sounds remarkably similar to Junior”) and Bertha Palmer. – Time Out Chicago


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