Tours in Chicago


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  • Absolutely Chicago Segway Tours
    Absolutely Chicago Segway Tours brings guests within eyeshot of some of the city's most iconic sights?think Buckingham Fountain, Soldier Field, and the commemorate Eternal Pizza Oven?all aboard Segway i2 Personal Transporters. Led by knowledgeable guides, tours touch on landmark sites related to that tour's theme. There's the Chicago Gangster Tour, which rolls by Capone's favorite haunts; the Lincoln Park/Beach Tour, which winds through the Gold Coast and edges Lake Michigan; and the educational Art & Architecture Tour. Betwen the open-air Segways and Chicago's convergence of natural beauty and metropolis sophistication, visitors get an afternoon full of scenic vistas, insider history, and plenty of city-provided eye candy.
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    238 E Monroe St.
    Chicago, IL US
  • Chicago Food Planet Food Tours
    A truly innovative concept, Chicago Food Planet Tours offer a taste of Chicago like none other. If you are on a timeline and can’t decide which incredible restaurant to try, then try a bit of each with Chicago Food Planet. Pay a flat fee and they will escort you on a tasting menu like none other. Enjoy a small plate at every restaurant on the tour alongside demonstrations and explanations from knowledgeable chefs and staff. Tours are themed by Chicago districts from Chinatown to Gold Coast and Old Town. Don’t feel like being social? Book a private tour of your selection! An absolutely fantastic deal (you’re really getting a lot of bang for your buck here, guys) try out a tour with Chicago Food Planet.
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    830 North Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL US
  • Chicago Crime Tours
    Chicago?s beautiful architecture and pristine parks stretch like a thin, deceptively pretty layer of varnish over the city?s storied criminal history. The guides at Chicago Crime Tours peel back the fa?ade to reveal the city?s darkest days, replete with visits to crime scenes and tales of some of Chicago?s most dastardly villains. Groups explore the hideouts of Al Capone left in the wake of mob shootouts. The guides? catalog of criminal knowledge reaches all the way back to city?s infancy in the 19th century and includes such tales as the Saint Valentine?s Day Massacre and the great baby-rattle heist of 1870.
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    163 E Pearson St.
    Chicago, IL US
  • Spice of Life Tours
    True to their name, Spice of Life Tours leads exciting expeditions into the diverse cultural landscape of West Rogers Park, Chicago. Their walking trips take visitors through Devon Avenue, an area rich with South Asian influence. Guests stop at numerous Pakistani or Indian eateries to sample local flavors, and explore boutiques. Along the way, company owner, guide, and teacher Mohammad Ali shares his knowledge about the neighborhood, pointing out unusual architecture and perhaps divulging the name of his favorite historian.
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    2541 W Devon Ave
    Chicago, IL US
  • Nexus Holidays
    How many manmade buildings can you think of that have survived for more than 2,500 years? The Great Wall of China is impressive for many reasons, but top on that list has to be its longevity—some sections date as far back as the seventh century BC, so long ago that a major reconstruction was needed by the time the Ming dynasty rolled around in 1368 AD. Today, much of the wall stands as always has. It courses east to west across the green mountains and running rivers of northern China for some 5,500 miles. You’ll see the monumental Great Wall on Nexus Holidays Toronto’s 10-day guided tour of China, and it’s just one small part of the tour, which stops in five cities and includes round-trip airfare.Click here for a sample itinerary of the trip. Click here for a list of departure dates.Days 1–4: After departing from a gateway city on the West Coast of America on an economy-class flight, you’ll touch down in Beijing. Once on the ground, say nǐ hǎo to your English-speaking tour guide before transferring to the regal Jade Palace Hotel, which is situated in Zhongguancun, known as the “Silicon Valley of China.” The next three days are jam-packed with sightseeing excursions: you’ll see Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven, another relic from the Ming dynasty. A trip to the Great Wall is the highlight of day 4; your tour group will also spend some time checking out the Olympic Village, which includes Bird’s Nest stadium and Water Cube.Days 5–6: The trip moves on to Hangzhou, a city known to Chinese poets as “Paradise on Earth.” You’ll cruise West Lake, renowned for its natural scenery and ancient pagodas, before taking in the pleasant sights and smells of a green-tea plantation. The 3,000-year-old city of Wuxi is your destination on the next day, where you’ll pay a visit to the Grand Buddha at Ling Shan. This iconic statue stands 88 meters high and weighs more than 700 tons, which puts it on the shortlist as one of the largest Buddha sculptures in the world and, whenever anyone places a magazine under it, the world’s largest paperweight. Days 7–10: The last days of the trip are split between the city of Suzhou and metropolitan Shanghai. Suzhou is known as the “Venice of the East” for its 1,500-year-old Grand Canal and interlocking waterways. While here, you’ll take a stroll through the Master of the Nets Garden, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Designed to evoke the peaceful, simple life of a fisherman, it’s a meticulous display of unique water features and nature scenes.Your tour of Shanghai begins with a trip to the Bund, a waterfront district lined with shops and varied architecture influenced by former European occupiers; its building styles range from Romanesque to Gothic to Beaux-Arts. Later, you’ll enjoy more than 120,000 curated treasures on display at the Shanghai Museum. Following breakfast on day 10, you’ll depart Shanghai for your return flight home. Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
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    2145 South China Place
    Chicago, IL US
  • Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust
    It's safe to say that Frank Lloyd Wright is a household name, partly because he put his name on so many houses. The sites overseen by the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust receive nearly 150,000 visitors a year?tangible proof that the visionary's impact on architecture, design, and culture remains alive and well. To ensure that legacy continues, the Chicago-based nonprofit runs tours at several of Wright's buildings and hosts various educational programs. Home and Studio: Unity Temple. Robie House. The Rookery Light Court remodeling. All classic pieces of Modern architecture, and all designed inside the studio at 951 Chicago Avenue in Oak Park. From 1889 until 1909, Frank Lloyd Wright worked out of this residential space, eventually expanding the home to include a proper studio as demand for his services grew. Now an architectural destination in its own right, the Home and Studio welcomes guests seeking a look into the mind (and working conditions) of America's most famed architect. On tours, trained interpreters guide visitors through the space, sharing anecdotes and insights into Wright's work and home life. Frederick C. Robie House: The crown jewel of Hyde Park's residential architecture, the Frederick C. Robie House was designed by Wright for the up-and-coming industrialist of the same name between 1908 and 1910. Widely hailed as one of the finest examples of the Prairie School of architectural design, the house has earned its share of accolades over the years, including a spot on the very first National Register of Historic Places in 1966. During tour, architectural experts guide groups through each of the house's significant features, from the cantilevered roof and prevalence of horizontal lines to the striking leaded glass windows that give the house its inner light. Tours also cover recent restoration efforts, giving guests an inside look at what it takes to preserve a historic home.
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    5757 South Woodlawn Avenue
    Chicago, IL US

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