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Chicago Culture and Architecture Tour

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Adult Ages 13+
$49
Child Ages 6-12
$44
Child Ages 5 & under
Free

Experience the Unique Parts of Chicago!

Chicago has it all – amazing architecture, great food, and iconic sights both old and new. This tour takes you to some of the city’s best spots alongside a local guide where you’ll get the inside scoop on what makes Chicago so special. Not only that, we’ll throw in a couple of sweet, local treats to keep you going as we explore on foot and via local transportation.

General Itinerary:

Chicago is known as one of the most architecturally striking and culturally dynamic cities in the United States. Join us on a tour of some of Chicago’s greatest hits: incredible architecture both old and new, delicious local treats, a uniquely Chicago transit ride, stunning river views, and much more!

We start our tour under the dazzling marquee of the Chicago Theater (where you might recognize the neon sign from the movie musical Chicago) before heading off into the bustling city. Our first stop is inside one of the best-preserved spaces built for shopping in Chicago, featuring an unforgettable atrium at its core.

We’ll 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 — especially necessary during the Midwest winters. We’ll head back above-ground near City Hall, and on most weekdays, be able to head inside to see the classic interior design and architecture.

Next, we’ll make our way to a spot where we’ll share a sweet treat, and a local tradition: Chicago-style popcorn. Weather permitting, we’ll 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, we’ll either hop on the ‘L’ train or a water taxi on the Chicago River (depending on the weather and time of year). Either option offers a uniquely local Chicago experience! The ‘L’ train is recognized as a Chicago landmark having been featured in movies and TV shows for decades. You’ll enjoy feeling like a local as you zip past buildings and catch even more awesome views. If your guide takes you on a water taxi, you’ll be seeing the Chicago skyline from a totally different perspective, as well as sharing in the daily commute of local Chicagoans late for work.

Once you’re back on solid ground, we’ll make our way to another delicious destination. Along the way, you’ll be able to 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, we’ll take a stroll through the beautiful lakefront parks along Michigan Avenue. We’ll end up in the picturesque Millennium Park, home to the iconic Bean sculpture. Here (or nearby), your guide will conclude your tour and point you in the right direction toward more amazing sights, great lunch spots, or a drink recommendation inside one of the most amazing spaces in the city.

Additional Information:

Inclusions: Local, English-speaking guide, popcorn tasting, chocolate tasting, water taxi or “L” ticket.

Exclusions: Additional food or drinks, souvenirs and personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide.

Notes:
– Please dress comfortably and casually in weather-appropriate attire. Wear comfortable shoes for walking.
– 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.

Why Book a Private Tour?

  • Choose your own start time
  • Add a hotel pick-up
  • Get the tour in another language
  • Customize a tour specifically for your group!
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