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Chicago: Gangsters and Ghosts Guided Walking Tour

1. Chicago: Gangsters and Ghosts Guided Walking Tour

Discover a different side of Chicago on a family-friendly guided tour and hear the tales of the ghosts, and gangsters, that haunt the city. Explore the Chicago South Loop district with your historian guide, uncovering the many mysteries hidden behind every turn. Meet your guide in the heart of the Chicago South Loop, known as a notorious vice district during the 1920s and 30s. Stroll through his now upmarket area of the city which was once home to underground speakeasies, secret tunnels, and bootleggers. Hear the true stories of Chicago's bloody past and the gangsters who caused havoc in the city. See the places notorious figures such as Al Capone used to party, make deals, and carry out "business". You will also enjoy a short rest stop at a famous former gangster hangout. Discover the legends of the ghosts that are said to lure along the Chicago Riverwalk and the aptly named Death Alley. Stop at haunted locations including Palmer House, and the Chicago Theatre, before finishing with a visit to the Congress Hotel, one of the most haunted places in Illinois.

Chicago: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour by Open-top Bus

2. Chicago: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour by Open-top Bus

Experience the best of Chicago at your own pace from the unique vantage point of a Big Bus tour. Board our open-top, double-decker bus as you take a relaxing ride through the city's most iconic landmarks, from the Magnificent Mile to Millennium Park. Hop on and off at our convenient stops throughout the city to discover Chicago's vibrant neighborhoods and world-famous attractions including 360 CHICAGO, Willis Tower, the Chicago Riverwalk, Museum Campus, The Bean, and more. Spend your day shopping on Magnificent Mile, riding the Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier, or sampling authentic Chicago Deep Dish Pizza. With our flexible and convenient tour, create your own itinerary and explore the city at your own pace. Track bus arrivals in real time with our free downloadable app so you always know when the next bus is coming. Marvel at the stunning skyline as you enjoy professional digital commentary in multiple languages, with earbuds provided. Hear expert insight into Chicago's rich history and culture, as well as tips on the best places to eat, drink, and shop. With comfortable seating and panoramic views, our Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour is the perfect way to see the city. Hop off the tour as many times as you like within the validity period of your ticket and simply hop on again when you're ready to keep exploring.

Chicago: Classic Food Walking Tour with Bike or Kayak Rental

3. Chicago: Classic Food Walking Tour with Bike or Kayak Rental

Combine an enjoyable walk around Chicago's downtown to see some of the city’s top sites with stops to sample some of the city’s famous tastes. On this 2.5-hour guided walk, you'll get to taste the foods Chicago is best known for inventing and doing right. Enjoy deep-dish pizza, the original recipe brownie, a Chicago-style hot dog, and a classic Italian beef sandwich. Enjoy a VIP craft beer sample for an additional $19.99/person fee for 3 craft beer sample pairings (offered upon arrival). Leave the planning to the local experts. Bobby’s Bike Hike was awarded the following three awards just this year: “Top 10 Food Tours in America” by USA Today, “Top 20 Food Tours in the World” by TA, and “Top 15 Vacation Ideas in USA” by Entrepreneur Magazine. Seize the opportunity for the ultimate Chicago fusion of flavors and sights in a single, unforgettable day! Along the way, you’ll see some of Chicago's most iconic spots including the Magnificent Mile, the Wrigley Building, Chicago Threatre, Millennium Park, the Chicago Riverwalk, the Art Institute, and the world famous Bean. By the end of the tour, your stomach will be full of delicious food and your head will be full of fascinating knowledge about Chicago. During the colder months, the tour makes use of the unique underground Pedway system that connects much of downtown and keeps you warm and cozy. On warmer days, you’ll walk at street level to enjoy the large promenades of the loop. The leisurely walking pace is suitable for people of all fitness levels. As a delightful bonus, enjoy a FREE 2-hour Bike or Kayak rental within +/-3 days of your tour date. Glide along Chicago's world-famous 20-mile Lakefront Trail on a comfortable hybrid bike, or paddle the serene waters of Lake Michigan at Ohio Street Beach, a picturesque gem in the heart of Chicago. FREE 2 HOUR BIKE or KAYAK RENTAL INFO: As an additional perk for booking this particular tour, you will get a FREE 2-hour bike or kayak rental (to be used within (+/-) 3 days of your tour booking. Terms below: To be used within +/- 3 days of your tour booking. Bike rentals take place at Bobby’s Bike Hike World Headquarters, 540 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL60611. Bike shop is open year-round (excluding Thanksgiving & Christmas). Kayak rentals take place at Ohio Street Beach, Bobby’s Kayak, 550 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. Kayak shop open mid-May to mid-October, weather dependent. Offer excludes Saturday Bike/Kayak rentals between Memorial Day (end of May) Weekend to Labor Day (early September). Kayaking only available from June-September) No discounts for not using this activity or issues due to weather restrictions.

Amazing Lakefront Segway Tour of Chicago

4. Amazing Lakefront Segway Tour of Chicago

Glide around the streets and parks of Chicago on a leisurely guided Segway tour. Perfect for Chicago newbies and veterans alike, the tour uncovers quirky facts about one of America’s most energetic destinations. Begin with a training session to become familiar with the unique self-balancing Segways, before exploring the Windy City in a fun and futuristic fashion. Start your Segway experience at Millennium Park and continue to Grant Park to stop and admire the famous Buckingham Fountain Ride to Museum Campus to soak up spectacular views of the Chicago skyline and beautiful lakefront. Capture pictures to share of the expansive views of the sea-like Lake Michigan. Return to your meeting point at the end of your tour.

Chicago: Private Helicopter Tour of Chicago Skyline

5. Chicago: Private Helicopter Tour of Chicago Skyline

Take in the Windy City from the air and feel the thrill of flying on this panoramic helicopter ride. Admire the best views of Chicago's major landmarks, including its famous skyscrapers, the Chicago River, and Navy Pier. Choose from a 10 or 20 minute flight option. Climb aboard a private helicopter and allow your professional pilot to take you to Chicago's major landmarks, such as Downtown Chicago, Willis Tower, The United Center, Navy Pier, and Soldier’s Field. Bring your camera along to capture these mesmerizing sights. Experience the city in a unique way and feel what it's like to soar through the sky. Celebrate an anniversary, enjoy a special date night, or create beautiful memories with family.

Chicago: City Minibus Tour with Optional Architecture Cruise

6. Chicago: City Minibus Tour with Optional Architecture Cruise

Start with a pickup from most downtown Chicago hotels. Board your climate-controlled minibus and embark on your guided sightseeing tour. Begin in the heart of downtown Chicago, at The Loop. Here you'll see incredible architecture, including the world's first skyscrapers. You'll even go inside one that features a beautiful lobby designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.  The stop also includes views of The Chicago Board of Trade and the Willis (Sears) Tower. After The Loop, head through Grant Park, which is known as the city's front yard. The centerpiece of the park is the Buckingham Fountain. Museum Campus is up next, with three museums, Soldier Field, and the most spectacular skyline views in the city. After a 10-minute photo stop, travel past Millennium Park, featuring The Bean, before heading up north along Wacker Drive, which parallels the Chicago River. Arrive in the fancy Gold Coast nightlife area and residential neighborhood - one particularly interesting sight here is the original Playboy Mansion.  Then, take a trip through part of Lincoln Park, and end the tour by zipping along Lake Shore Drive, past beaches, and old mansions, before being dropped off at your hotel. For those wanting the ultimate Chicago experience, add on the option of the world-famous architecture cruise of Chicago. After your minibus tour and a short break, climb aboard a state-of-the-art cruise vessel for a 75-minute cruise of all three branches of the Chicago River. Marvel at the architecture that has made the city so legendary. Gain insights into the buildings and engineering of a city that gave birth to the skyscraper and is the spiritual home of modern American architecture. An expert guide will lead you down the Chicago River to uncover hidden gems, as well as the city’s most renowned landmarks, such as the John Hancock building and more.

Chicago: Food, History and Architecture Tour

7. Chicago: Food, History and Architecture Tour

Start the tour under the dazzling marquee of the Chicago Theater. Explore the bustling city where the first stop is inside one of the best-preserved spaces built for shopping in Chicago. Then, head towards the Chicago Pedway. This unique feature of Chicago is used by locals and commuters daily to move about the city in a network of underground tunnels. Make your way above ground at City Hall, and admire its classic interior design and architecture. Next, visit a spot for a tasty sweet treat, and a local tradition, Chicago-style popcorn. Take a stroll along the Chicago Riverwalk while taking in views of several soaring buildings, including Marina Towers, the Britannica Building, and the Sears Tower (now known as the Willis Tower). From there, visit another delicious destination for locally made chocolates from a Chicago staple. Meander through the beautiful parks along Michigan Avenue, finishing at picturesque Millennium Park, home to the iconic Bean sculpture. Travel by ‘L” train or ride share with your guide from Millennium Park up to the River North neighborhood, the original Chicago foodie destination. Your food tour starts with a very well-known Chicago fare, the Chicago-style hot dog. Every Chicagoan has his or her own preference as to how the dog should be made, and you’ll get a chance to try your guide’s favorite version. Next up is the world-famous Chicago deep-dish pizza. An entire meal unto itself, this staple of the Chicago food scene originated in River North in the 1940s when workers and families needed filling dishes at low prices. Your guide will take you to a pizza place that’s an icon to Chicago natives to try the real deal for yourself. After you’ve filled up on pizza and hot dogs, continue your tasting journey with a classic Chicago sandwich, the Italian beef. Sample this sandwich in a real Chicago institution with no-frills decor. Our tour ends here, and your guide will be happy to direct you back to your accommodation or share tips for what else to see in the city.

Must-See in Chicago: Architecture, History & Culture Tour

8. Must-See in Chicago: Architecture, History & Culture Tour

Start your tour under the dazzling marquee of the Chicago Theater (which you might recognize from the movie-musical Chicago) and 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 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. Along the way, enjoy views of the world-famous Wrigley Building and the incredible Chicago Tribune building. Your second tasty confection is locally made chocolate from a Chicago staple. 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.

Eastside Chicago: Outdoor Escape Game

9. Eastside Chicago: Outdoor Escape Game

Start the adventure at The Art Institute of Chicago. It will take you between 1.5 to 2 hours to complete and you can also explore at your own pace. Pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. You will finish at the Fountain of the Great Lakes. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. So, are you up for an exciting city game? After your booking, you will receive an email on how to download the game to your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game. For larger groups, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to download and play the city game on their phones. Alternatively, each person can make their own purchase.

Chicago: Small-Group Night Tour w/ Skydeck & Skyline Cruise

10. Chicago: Small-Group Night Tour w/ Skydeck & Skyline Cruise

Immerse yourself in Chicago’s distinct skyline with bold skyscrapers and incredible views of Lake Michigan illuminated at night on this city tour. Enjoy convenient hotel pickup and drop-off, entry to Willis Tower, and a scenic Chicago skyline cruise. After getting picked up from your Downtown Chicago hotel, hop in your Mini van and travel to your first stop, Willis Tower, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Take the elevator all the way up to the 103rd floor of the tower, where you can enjoy 360-degree views spanning 50 miles and 4 states. Get your adrenaline pumping at The Ledge – a glass balcony extending 4.3 feet outside the building which provides a thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Once your feet are back on solid ground, take to the water for a skyline cruise to see the beauty of Chicago's world-famous skyscrapers lit up by the moonlight and bustling city lights. Enjoy a boat tour passing by over 40 Chicago iconic landmarks. You will also get to see the infamous Chicago Bean (also known as Cloud Gate), Anish Kapoor’s first public outdoor work installed in the United States. At the end of your tour, your guide will take you back to your downtown Chicago hotel.

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We enjoyed the tour very much, learned a lot. Karinna was knowledgeable and friendly. We stopped half way through for a break at Palmer House which was a plus.

Taka was a fantastic tour guide, we loved her stories about the city. It was a fantastic way to kick off our trip and get some of our bearings.

Loved the tour! Fun cute way to get to know the city :) And Sarah our tour guide was super informative fun and engaging!

Ty was an exceptional guide! They were very knowledgeable and funny! My group had a great time and learned a lot!

It needs to have more stops, like go yo the zoo, "beach" sights