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The Pedway and Loop History and Architecture Tour
Ranked #6 of 193 Tours in Chicago
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Chicago's Finest River Walk Tour is Chicago’s most dynamic and fun entertainment activity option! We offer our guests highly passionate and energy-packed activities ranging from River Walk Tours to Bus Tours. We distinguish ourselves by providing our guests captivating storytelling, keen visualizations and infectious enthusiasm! Our mission is to ensure each guest walks away with a smile on their face and better understanding of our amazing city!
Reviewed December 4, 2012

Last weekend's Holiday Lights Tour was a wonderful experience. Our guide, Dan, was extremely knowledgeable about the history of Chicago and his presentation very engaging. The tour was interactive as the group enthusiastically responded to Trivia questions related to the tour. The tour route was well planned and well executed with the help of two assistants. A very professional and fun tour. Highly recommended!

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Reviewed December 3, 2012

We went on last weekend's Holiday Lights tour...and could not have asked for a more entertaining and festive tour! Dan was our tour guide and made every minute fun and challenging with the trivia! It was worth every cent and more! We rarely tip tour guides(we are tight) but Dan and his team were different and worth a good tip! This is a treat and should not be missed - we will be signing up for the Pedway Lover's tour next. We love Chicago now- Thanks Dan!

1  Thank Amy S
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Reviewed December 3, 2012

There is so much history and lore about Chicago and its amazing architecture and how this beautiful city came to be. Dan is a wonderful racconteur and historian. This entire experience was so entertaining and informative. I would highly recommend to anyone.

Thank Pam G
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Reviewed December 2, 2012

If you're looking for an abundance of facts and history on Chicago this is the tour for you. If, however, you're interested in learning more about the history or navigation of the Pedway system, or some of the buildings you can access through it, try another tour company. This particular "walking tour" was really more of a standing tour - and ALOT of it. The walking aspect is just so the group can move from one gathering place to the next. Our guide Don was full of information but wasn't inclined to answer questions outside of his script. I realize this was a "history" tour and not an architectural tour but how can you take visitors into a gorgeous building like the Cultural Center and offer so little info on it? The building seemed like an afterthought - somewhere to conduct the history lecture while keeping people out of the winter weather. The same could be said for the Pedway system. We used it to get from point A to point B but there was no description of it's history, how it connects, etc. The tour ended up running 3.5 hrs but if the chorus of yawns was any indication, most of the group gave up interest 2 hrs prior.

1  Thank M G
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Dan O, Owner at Chicago's Finest Tours, responded to this reviewResponded December 5, 2012

We thank this individual for their candid feedback and we apologize for any confusion we might have caused relative to this review. For those interested in taking one of our future tours, please understand we have different tours in the Pedway. The history tour this inidvidual took is exactly as we describe it - Chicago History Pedway Tour. It is a great history tour filled with loads of information about the amazing history of the "Windy City". It is a history tour that takes place in the Pedway due to the winter climate this time of year. For those interested in learning about the history of the pedway, buildings attached to the pedway and how to navigate the pedway, then please join us on our "Pedway Lovers" tour. This inidividual was clearly looking for this tour but unfortunatley signed up and attended our history tour that does not go into much detail about the pedway. As always, if you have questions about our tours, please contact us at 312-202-0745 and we woul love to assist you. Happy Holidays!

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Reviewed December 1, 2012

While we've lived in Chicago the better part of 40 years, we wanted to learn about the Pedway system so my 72 yr old father and I signed up. Well, we got so much more than we bargained for! Our tour guide, Dan, has so much passion for Chicago and its history that it's infectious! He is a gifted story teller, and kept the group of all ages engaged with group and individual trivia challenges along the way for fabulous Chicago-themed gift cards. We attended the day after thanksgiving, so we ran into issues with parts of the Pedway closed for the holidays, but Dan seemlessly adjusted and still provided a top-rate tour! I would highly recommend this tour for visitors and life-long residents alike. My father and I saw things we've never seen, and learned so much that we did not know about our beautiful city. Just be ready to walk, laugh and learn about Chicago!

Thank Ann B
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