Guided tour

Chicago: History, Culture and Architecture Walking Tour

4.9 / 5

19 reviews

Chicago: History, Culture and Architecture Walking Tour

From US$ 49 per person

Join a walking tour of some of Chicago’s greatest hits: incredible architecture both old and new, delicious local treats, stunning river views, and much more.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Small group
Limited to 9 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Marvel at the stunning Chicago skyline
  • Get around The Loop like a local: at street level, underground, or perhaps even on the famous elevated rails
  • Enjoy classic made-in-Chicago snacks like Chicago-style popcorn and homemade chocolate
  • Discover why Chicago’s art, food scene and architecture is one of a kind
  • Feel the energy and buzz in one of Chicago’s beautiful lakefront parks
Full description
Start your tour under the dazzling marquee of the Chicago Theater (which you might recognize from the movie-musical Chicago) before heading off into the bustling city. Your first stop is inside one of the best-preserved spaces built for shopping in Chicago, featuring an unforgettable atrium at its core. Then head towards the Chicago Pedway, a uniquely Chicago feature used by locals and commuters daily to move about the city in a network of underground tunnels. Afterward, head back above-ground near City Hall and head inside to see the classic interior design and architecture. Next, enjoy a sweet treat, and local tradition: Chicago-style popcorn. Weather permitting, take a stroll along the Chicago Riverwalk while taking in views of several soaring buildings, including Marina Towers, the Britannica Building, and the Willis Tower. From there, make your way to another delicious destination. Along the way, enjoy views of the world-famous Wrigley Building and the incredible Chicago Tribune building, the heart of Chicago’s thriving and historic journalism industry. Your second tasty confection is locally made chocolate from a Chicago staple. Finally, take a stroll through the beautiful lakefront parks along Michigan Avenue. Round up your tour in the picturesque Millennium Park, home to the iconic Bean sculpture. Here, your guide will conclude your tour and point you in the right direction toward more amazing sights, great lunch spots, or drink recommendations.
Includes
  • English-speaking guide
  • Popcorn tasting
  • Chocolate tasting
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Meeting point

    The Chicago Theatre (underneath the marquee), 175 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601

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    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Weather-appropriate clothing

    Know before you go

    • This tour runs year-round and will proceed rain or shine unless such weather constitutes a dangerous situation
    • In the event of road or attraction closures, your guide will do their best to work around the obstacles or take your tour to alternate locations
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.9 /5

    based on 19 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      5/5
    • Value for money
      4.8/5
    • Service
      5/5
    • Organization
      4.8/5

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    I had an amazing time on this tour! In my opinion, the walking tour allowed me to see so much more of the city, up close and from my own personal viewpoint. The tour guides were very friendly, funny, and knowledgeable. We were even given "Garrett's Popcorn" and "Fannie May Chocolate" as some sweet treats. I highly recommend this tour, and I'm so glad that I did it!!

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    September 22, 2021

    Small group, only 10 on our tour. Our guide was Kevin and he did a great job. Very fun and informational. I highly recommend a smaller group.

    October 4, 2021

    September 19, 2021

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