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Neighborhood Sun Oct 03 2010

Chicago Elevated Pedway Tour

PedwayDown[1] (2).jpg Most Chicagoans who work in the Loop have some familiarity with the Pedway, Chicago's network of (mostly) underground passages and tunnels that transports pedestrians from the E,l to shopping, to work, without having to step foot out into the snow or rain. Many of us, however, use it purely to get to work and back, without ever bothering to find out just where the mysterious bends can actually take us. Let's face it--the Pedway can be downright intimidating. So, both locals and tourists will be interested in local improviser and tour guide, Margaret Hicks', reprisal of her Pedway Tour. The intriguing, 90-minute tour begins again this month, and features some of Chicago's most famous buildings, without stepping outside.

"The Pedway is such a weird and wonderful place," says Hicks. "It's like a whole other world down there. Parts of it are scary, parts of it are beautiful but all [of] it is pretty warm - and that's a big plus," says Hicks.

Hicks, founder of Chicago Elevated and former Chicago Architecture Foundation docent, is highly knowledgeable about Chicago history and architecture. After having taken Hicks' Boystown Tour, I'm sure that a tour through the Pedway would be just the quirky venue for Hicks' one-of-a-kind humor and extensive knowledge of the city to shine through.

To find out just where that crazy maze of tunnels can take you, and to learn more about Chicago architecture, you can join one of Hicks' tours, offered on Mondays and Thursdays at 10:30 am from October 4, 2010, through May 26, 2011. Tours depart from 40 W. Lake near the Chase ATMs, and finish at 323 E. Wacker Dr. Tickets are $15 and cash only. Reservations are required, and can be made by calling 773-593-4873 or emailing Margaret@chicagoelevated.com.

 
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