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Chicago 1893 World Fair Walking Tour with Bars

Product ID: 61934
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Grab a few drinks while experiencing incredible architecture, hearing fascinating historical stories of turn-of-the-century Chicago, and trying out visual scavenger hunts and clue-based games.
About this activity
Duration: 2.75 hours
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  • Retrace the steps of Chicago's 1893 World Fair
  • See colorful mosaics in a hotel built for the 1893 Expo
  • Discover the grand lobby of the Auditorium Building
  • See the Monadnock Building, a landmark early skyscraper
  • Admire the opulent Chicago Athletic Hotel, once an exclusive men's club
  • Ride one of the last elevators in Downtown Chicago with a human operator
Full description
This very special walking tour digs into how and why the 1893 World's Fair captures imaginations more than any other event in Chicago history. Unlike other World's Fair tours and Devil in the White City tours, which likely revolve around facts and trivia, this tour digs deeper. 

It's much more than just a tour. You'll visit some of the few remaining and spectacular buildings from the time of the World’s Fair, also known as the World's Columbian Exposition. It's been created to reveal the few remaining buildings from the time of the World's Fair. People think that you have to go south of downtown to understand World's Fair history, but the impact on the architecture and landscape of downtown Chicago is still visible today, nearly 125 years later. 

On this fun and insightful walking tour, you’ll venture into beautiful architectural spaces from the era, and you'll play a few thoughtfully designed games, like visual scavenger hunts. Along with guide commentary, your guide will show you photos and archival materials via shared iPads that illuminate this historic event of the 1893 World's Fair. 

On this walking tour, you will eat a light snack and play a few educational games with prizes for the winning team. Plus, you can opt to get drinks (on you), too.

You can think of this 2 hour and 45 minute-long walking tour as being 5% outdoors, 95% indoors, 20% clue-based games and visual scavenger hunts, 10% drinking time, and 100% awesome historical tour time. We know the math doesn’t add up but we hope you get the idea.
  • Guide
  • Shared iPads with historic photos
  • 1 small snack
  • Games, with prizes and gifts
What’s Not Included
  • Drinks ($8 for beer, $10 for wine, including gratuity)

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Meeting point

Meet inside the main lobby of the Congress Plaza Hotel, 520 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605.

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• Please note, it is possible that vegetarians may be catered for. However, individuals with gluten-free, dairy-free or allergies cannot be accommodated
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Product ID: 61934