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Chicago: History, Culture and Architecture Walking Tour

Product ID: 243062
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Join a walking 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!
About this activity
Duration 2.5 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Marvel at the stunning Chicago skyline and discover why Chicago’s architecture is among the best in the world
  • Get around The Loop like a local: at street level, underground, elevated rails, or perhaps even on the water
  • Enjoy a couple of classic made-in-Chicago snacks like Chicago-style popcorn and homemade chocolate
  • Immerse yourself in the best of Chicago culture and 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 and get that photo-op at the world-famous Bean
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, either hop on the ‘L’ train or a water taxi on the Chicago River (depending on the weather and time of year). Each option offers a uniquely Chicago experience! The ‘L’ train is recognized as a Chicago landmark having been featured in movies and TV shows for decades. 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.

Once you’re back on solid ground, 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
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Popcorn tasting
  • Chocolate tasting
  • Water taxi or "L" ticket
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

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

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Important information
Know before you go
• Please dress comfortably and casually in weather-appropriate attire. Wear comfortable shoes for walking.
• You will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Customer reviews
Overall rating
4.8 / 5
based on 6 reviews
Review summary
Service
5.0/5
Organization
4.8/5
Value for money
4.8/5
Safety
5.0/5

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Urban Adventures Americas

Product ID: 243062