Chicago and Movies Walking Tour: Historic Midway

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 60 minutes

Departs: Chicago, Chicago

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Join the only walking tour in Chicago that explores the Midway's century-long relationship to the movies!

Stroll Chicago's historic Midway and part of the University of Chicago campus as you learn about the first cinema, vintage moving picture devices, a murderous cinematographer, and the first female action star.

Movies and TV series featured: Flatliners (1990), The Package (1989), Sunset Boulevard (1950), Chicago the Beautiful (1948), Sue (1915), The Hazards of Helen (1914–1917), and The Horse in Motion (1880).

Guests must digitally sign a general waiver of liability either before or when they arrive. Guardians must sign waivers for children under the age of 18.

NOTE: This tour is available as a public tour and a private guided tour. Please check available dates, prices, and registration options when you are booking.

What's Included

Clips and photos that enhance the Midway's film history

Demonstration of 19th-century moving picture devices

Expert tour guide commentary

Mini goodie bag!

Plenty of Instagram opportunities

What's Not Included

Private transportation

Traveler Information

  • CHILD: Age: 10 - 17
  • ADULT: Age: 18 - 100

Additional Info

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Service animals allowed
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Experience may be cancelled due to Insufficient travelers
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

Lorado Taft's Midway Studios
At Midway Studios and Taft House, get acquainted with Lorado Taft: sculptor, teacher, writer, and early adopter of moving pictures. And in the presence of 'Recording Angel,' see Hollywood's first female action star in motion.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Midway Plaisance
On the Midway's green space, hear about the amusements arm of the 1893 World Columbian Exposition, including the first commercial movie theater!

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Fountain of Time
Stand in awe of 'Fountain of Time,' a 126-foot-long sculpture that has inspired both classic and modern filmmakers.

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

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