Chicago's Midway and Movies

Hear about the Midway's century-long relationship to the movies

Midway Studios

1 hr

15 Guests



On this outdoor walking tour, you'll hit five spots on Chicago's historic Midway Plaisance as you learn about their connections to early cinema and modern movies: 

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

Next, on the Midway's green space, envision the first commercial movie theater. Finally, stand in awe of Fountain of Time, a 126-foot-long sculpture that has inspired both classic and modern filmmakers.

Join Chicago Movie Tours on the Midway, and discover the city's film history in an entirely new way!

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

Tour Specifics

Start/End Points

The tour starts at 6016 S. Ingleside Ave, Chicago, IL. Please arrive at least 10 min. before the tour begins. The tour ends at 6000 S. Cottage Grove Ave.


Guests must initial a digital general waiver of liability with Chicago Movie Tours when they book. 


If available, free parking spots run along the Midway, Best Drive, and Payne Drive. For public transit: the Green Line runs from Chicago's Loop to S. Cottage Grove. Our starting point is about a 10-minute walk from the Cottage Grove "L" station.


All five locations we visit have sidewalks, crosswalks, and ramps. The road we cross to visit Fountain of Time does not have a crosswalk designated for pedestrians.

What to Bring

Please wear weather-appropriate clothing. Tours run rain or shine.


A Jewel-Osco grocery store with a public restroom is near the end of our tour route.


Guests ages 10 and up can attend.


No video or audio recording of the tour, but take as many pictures as you’d like!

Cancellations and Refunds

You may cancel or amend your reservation 48 hours or more before the tour departs. Read more Tour Terms and Conditions.

Private Tours

Yes! You may book this tour as a private or group tour, provided the property and dates are available. Fill out this form for more info.

What's Included

  • Expert tour guide commentary

  • Clips and vintage photos that enhance the Midway's film history

  • Demonstration of 19th-century moving picture devices

  • Plenty of Instagram opportunities

  • Free parking

  • Mini goodie bag!


Available Dates