Chicago, Illinois

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Time2 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
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Offered in: English

Overview

Explore downtown Chicago on a pub crawl with an educational twist! Your expert guide shares entertaining facts about the history of jazz, theater, social clubs, and the Prohibition era in the Windy City as you take in historic buildings and architecture. Use iPads to view historic photos and videos that accompany your guide’s stories as you stop in both famous and hidden bars for drinks and appetizers. A short walk allows plenty of time to see Chicago’s famous architecture and pubs on this tour – great for visitors and locals alike!
  • 2.5-hour walking tour of Chicago history, architecture and bars
  • Sip drinks and nibble on appetizers at three pubs as you learn about the city’s history
  • See secret spots from the entertainment world of 20th-century Chicago, including a former speakeasy and jazz club from prohibition times
  • Take in landmark buildings including the Intercontinental Hotel on the Magnificent Mile
  • Admire the architecture that has made the Windy City famous

Meet your guide to begin your pub, architecture and entertainment history tour. Start in the heart of Chicago’s legendary Magnificent Mile — or Mag Mile — a slice of Michigan Avenue packed with high-end shopping and landmark buildings, located between the Chicago River and Oak Street. Famous sites including the Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, the Chicago Water Tower, and Allerton Hotel are found on Mag Mile.

Outside the neo-Gothic style Tribune Tower, note the bricks at the base of the building. In the early 1900s, the eccentric owner of the Chicago Tribune newspaper asked reporters to send rocks from famous buildings around the world; resulting in the display of more than 140 bricks that hail from the Taj Mahal, Westminster Abbey and World Trade Center, among other places.

Continue to the Intercontinental Hotel, where your guide explains its mixture of architectural styles. Marvel at large exterior carvings in Assyrian style; a Moorish-inspired gold dome; and learn about the mysterious motivations behind the exotic ornamentation of this skyscraper. 

Visit the original Billy Goat Tavern, a legendary bar that was immortalized in a Saturday Night Live sketch, and is also known as a favorite watering hole of local newspaper reporters.Your guide illustrates the tour with video and photographs on iPads provided for the tour and shared among your group. 

As you discover more historic architecture and stop into other bars, you'll learn more about jazz history, Chicago breweries, and the prohibition era's legendary mobsters such as Al Capone, part of Chicago's notorious crime syndicates. Have fun socializing and getting to know your group in a game learning about nightlife and entertainment in the neighborhood during the 1960s to win a prize! 

Expect to walk at a leisurely pace, covering a half mile in about 2.5 hours, with plenty of time to stop for drinks and appetizers at three historic bars. Appetizers are included. All guests must choose a beverage for the walking tour and bring cash to cover 2.5 servings of beer ($23), wine ($29), soda ($8) or water ($3).

Reviews

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M
, Jul 2018

This tour is a must do if you are visiting Chicago. Elizabeth our guide was very informative and had a great sense of humour. We started at the Tribune Tower which was very interesting. Highlights Billy Goat Tavern, the stories about Jazz and Prohibition. The food and drink were perfect.

p
, Apr 2018

I really enjoyed this tour. Our guide did a great job of keeping the whole group engaged and having fun while also learning a lot about Chicago history. I'm a bit of a history buff, but even I learned a lot that I did not know. It was a great experience to see some off-the-beaten-path places like the Billy Goat Tavern and the beautiful lobby area in the Intercontinental Hotel. I never would have gone to these places on my own.

J
, Mar 2018

Actually 4.5 stars if available. Alex was definitely a great guide for this tour. Definitely loves history and Chicago and knew his stuff. The pictures on the I-Pad were fun. We were lucky to be in an intimite group of just 4 couples. Being in the tour made it comfortable to observe at a leisurly pace inside buildings and safe when outside looking at architecture. Definitely saw and heard things I would not have even considered on our own.
I was ready to pay cash up front to the guide for the drinks not included - it is in the tour information but a few were caught off guard and had to use an ATM. Also know if you want beer, red wine, white wine or soda or water. One choice for all three bars. I wish there would have been a choice of beer IPA or RED or any other type of beer. The appetizers were good. The pace was leisurely and relaxed and a very pleasant evening. Ended early enough to feel safe walking back to our hotel.

A
, Nov 2017

We had a great time and learned so much about Chicago. Our tour guide Elizabeth was excellent!!

D
, Oct 2017

Morgan was great and we had a fun night. Made new friends and continued the party after the tour!

n
, Oct 2017

Some of the stops seemed a little disjointed. We stopped at the Marriott with no real explanation of why the stop was on the tour or the historical significance. Our tour guide was knowledgeable, but it seemed like we had to ask a lot of questions to get the full story. The use of the ipads almost seemed to take more time than it was worth.

T
, Oct 2017

Morgan was great. We learned a lot and had a fun group. Would highly recommend.

C
, Sep 2017

This was the perfect way to learn about the city of Chicago, its architecture, prohibition and some histkory of Jazz.

M
, Mar 2017

We had an awesome time on our walking tour of Chicago. The guide was friendly, professional, and knowledgable and the food/drink was perfect. I would recommend this tour 100.

K
, Dec 2016

Pawel was an awesome tour guide! He was fun and made history fun. He was full of fun facts and historical details and while I typically am not at all interested in history, I found myself very interested. The wine and beer at the Billy Goat Tavern was blech!, but cheeseburger was great. The other bar stops The Marriott's Rush and the Intercontinental were all very tasty, including the beer and wine. We look forward to taking another Chicago DeTour again when we are back in town.


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