Tours in Illinois

Running Tours of Downtown Chicago from Chicago Running Tours & More (Up to 55% Off)

Chicago Running Tours & More

Central Chicago

$32 $15

Professional guides lead sightseeing tours at a jogging pace during excursions that emphasize fun and learning over speed

Admission for One or Two to Chicago Sports Tours (Up to 52% Off)

Chicago Sports Tours

Chicago

$42 $21

Saturday sports tours explore Chicago's rich history of football, baseball, basketball, and hockey

True Crime and City Highlights Tour Bundle for One, Two, or Four from Chicago Prime Tours (Up to 61% Off)

Chicago Prime Tours

Chicago

$66 $27

Hear the stories of John Dillinger, John Wayne Gacy. and H.H. Holmes during crime tour, and visit Willis Tower and other sites on city tour

75-Minute Sailing Tour on Tall Ship "Windy" (Up to 33% Off). Three Options Available.

Tall Ship Adventures of Chicago

Navy Pier

$30 $20

A 148-foot-long, traditional four-masted schooner sails throughout Lake Michigan for about 75 minutes

75-Minute Sailing Tour on Tall Ship "Windy" (Up to 33% Off). Three Options Available.

Tall Ship Adventures of Chicago

Navy Pier

$30 $20

A 148-foot-long, traditional four-masted schooner sails throughout Lake Michigan for about 75 minutes

Discover the Kinetic Art of Chicago's Moving Bridges

Moving-Bridge Walking Tour

Chicago

$15 $15

Walk the streets of the Loop with civil engineer Jim Phillips and watch the Chicago River's movable bridges in action

Haunted-History Walking Tour for Two or Four with Ghost-Hunting Equipment from Spirit Expeditions (50% Off)

Spirit Expeditions

South Loop

$50 $25

A two-hour walking tour covers most haunted areas and allows guests to conduct their own paranormal investigation

Grass Skirts & Hawaiian Shirts Bar Crawl on Southport Ave for One, Two, or Four on Sat., August 9 (Up to 51% Off)

Grass Skirts & Hawaiian Shirts Bar Crawl

Multiple Locations

$25 $13

Tour Southport Avenue bars wearing Hawaiian shirts, leis, and grass skirts during a Hawaiian-themed bar crawl; catered lunch buffet included

Grass Skirts & Hawaiian Shirts Bar Crawl on Southport Ave for One, Two, or Four on Sat., August 9 (Up to 51% Off)

Grass Skirts & Hawaiian Shirts Bar Crawl

Multiple Locations

$25 $13

Tour Southport Avenue bars wearing Hawaiian shirts, leis, and grass skirts during a Hawaiian-themed bar crawl; catered lunch buffet included

Three-Hour Historical Bus Tour for Two or Four from Weird Chicago Tours (Up to 38% Off)

Weird Chicago Tours

Near North Side

$60 $39

(96)

Travel by bus to the former crime scenes, red-light districts, gangster hangouts, or ghost-sighting spots of Chicago's storied past

$25 for Entry to Chicago Challenge: The Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race on Saturday, July 12 ($55 Value)

The Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race

Lizzie McNeills Irish Pub

$55 $25

Teams race to solve clues and strategize to win cash prizes and awards during urban race; music and drink specials at post-race party

Loop Interior Architecture Walking Tour for Two or Four from Chicago Detours (Up to 47% Off )

Chicago Detours

Chase Tower

$52 $29

(155)

Featured in the Chicago Reader, guides lead groups through architecturally striking interiors and share photos and videos via iPads

$37 for a Two-Hour Segway Tour of Downtown Chicago from Segway Experience of Chicago (Up to $65 Value)

Segway Experience of Chicago

The Loop

$65 $37

(43)

Atop a latest-generation Segway PT, guests coast past Buckingham Fountain and Millennium Park, occasionally pausing for photo ops

Sunset Segway Tour from Millennium Park or Hyde Park Tour for Two from Bike and Roll Chicago (50% Off)

Bike and Roll Chicago

Multiple Locations

$138 $69

(270)

Segways effortlessly glide through the city streets, allowing riders to breeze by Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House or Soldier Field

Sunset Segway Tour from Millennium Park or Hyde Park Tour for Two from Bike and Roll Chicago (50% Off)

Bike and Roll Chicago

Multiple Locations

$138 $69

(270)

Segways effortlessly glide through the city streets, allowing riders to breeze by Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House or Soldier Field

Downtown Foodie Walking Tour for One, Two, or Four from Food Tank (Up to 70% Off)

Food Tank

Art Institute

$65 $25

Explore downtown Chicago's food scene and local landmarks on a walking tour that starts at Millennium Park and ends at the Field Museum

Haunted Walking Tour for Two or Four from Voices From Beyond Tours (Up to 51% Off)

Voices From Beyond Tours

Elmhurst College's Mill Theater

$40 $20

Haunted-history blogger and former criminal investigator partner with paranormal investigators to lead tours of Elmhurst’s haunted spots

Helicopter Tour of Chicago for Two or Four from Chicago Helicopter Express (Up to 51% Off)

Chicago Helicopter Express

Wheeling

$360 $199

Helicopters cruise 800 feet above the Chicago skyline past such famed sights as Willis Tower, Wrigley Field, and Navy Pier

$25 for Admission for One with Collector's T-Shirt and Parking at Disturbia Screams in the Park ($58.50 Value)

Disturbia Screams in the Park

MB Financial Park at Rosemont

$58.50 $25

H.H. Holmes–themed haunted house features macabre scenes such as torture chambers, cannibalized victims, and the living dead

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Chicago Elevated, run by effusive improv veteran Margaret Hicks, leads curious charges on eclectic group, private, and custom tours of the city. Jaunts lead natives and tourists alike through the city’s oft-overlooked nooks and crannies as Hicks’s jovial voice narrates every step, shedding light on secret areas and easily overlooked historic sites. Her pedway tour sojourns into Chicago’s tiled subterranean antecity, where retailers, restaurants, and mole people mingle. Tours explore sites of famous disasters, visit the ghostly red-light district that once stretched below what is now Printer’s Row, and gaze at downtown’s ornate architecture from the riverwalk.

Stationed in Wrigleyville after college, Hicks accrued the healthy sense of humor and comedic timing that pepper each tour at Second City, iO, and other theaters. Though she attempted a move to New York City, Hicks soon discovered she couldn’t stay away from Chicago’s majestic skyline or the skyscrapers’ subtly receding hairlines. A stint in the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s docent program, as well as acting as a tour guide for six years, arm her with insider’s knowledge that soon transfers to listeners’ brains.

4870 N Paulina St
Chicago,
IL
US

Paranormal investigator Kevin Frantz, author of Naperville, Chicago's Haunted Neighbor, has led visitors through spooky Naperville settings while dispensing historically accurate yarns for eight years. As they make their way through these eerie locales, Kevin invites guests to snap their own photographs in the pursuit of a keepsake paranormal portrait.

50 South Washington Street
Naperville,
IL
US

Legend has it that Mark Twain once called Alton a "dismal little river town," perhaps referencing the area's propensity for disease, disaster, and Civil War?era violence?some of which radiated from a Confederate POW camp. Roughly a century later, another author, Troy Taylor, wrote an entire book about Alton's dark history. He also created Alton Hauntings, a company that hosts walking and bus tours that explore malevolent stories from Alton's past, as well as the supernatural happenings that have been rumored for decades. Guides lead groups to various locations throughout the town, summoning the past through their storytelling.

110 E Third St
Alton,
IL
US

After undergoing a complete overhaul for the 2013 season, Eleventh Hour Haunted House swallows visitors in 30,000 square feet of strobe lights, fog, and theme park-quality sets—some of which loom over patrons at 20 feet high. Such epic scale has earned the indoor labyrinth a coffin full of accolades, including the title of "Best Overall Halloween Event" from ChicagoHalloweenGuide.com last year. But despite the ominous environments and bloodcurdling characters, Eleventh Hour actually eliminates the scariest part of the season: long waits. Instead of making guests stand in line or rake invisible leaves before heading inside, the haunted house invites them to kill time in a festival area with food and refreshments for sale.

1940 George Street
Melrose Park,
IL
US

In December 1803, Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark set up the Camp River Dubois, right where the Mississippi and Missouri rivers meet. There, they and a crew of 30 men spent five months preparing for their legendary three-year expedition to chart America's newly acquired Louisiana Purchase territory. On May 14, 1804, they finally set sail on a 55-foot-long keelboat, named for its habit of keeling over in fear when it passed a shark.

To commemorate the bicentennial of its namesake's journey, the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower opened on May 14, 2010, the 206-year anniversary, to the day, of the expedition's embarking. Tower is a slight misnomer—the structure is actually two parallel towers, connected by viewing levels 50, 100, and 150 feet above the ground.

The platforms afford panoramic views of Lewis and Clark's departure point, as well as the rivers' intersection, and, 25 miles north, the union of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers. Downtown St. Louis and the Gateway Arch are visible on clear days, and during evening events, sunsets and fireworks reflect gorgeously on the water. Back on the ground, the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway, complete with educational plaques, accommodates visitors interested in following the rivers' convergence on foot.

435 Confluence Tower Drive
Hartford,
IL
US

Chicago Hauntings' "ghost bus" whisks passengers away on interactive trips to the second city's spookiest locales. Founder Ursula Bielski and her crew of paranormal researchers split their signature tours between historical yarns on the bus and time exploring supernaturally active sites on foot. The rotating itinerary of stops includes the site of the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre, the location of the Fort Dearborn Massacre, and the spot where Resurrection Mary met her fateful end.

Along with her primary routes, Ursula leads specialty tours including daytime trips based on The Devil in the White City, Erik Larson's bestseller about serial killer H. H. Holmes, and strolls down one Chinatown block where every building is allegedly haunted. She also hosts private tours, pub crawls, and kid-friendly excursions during which youngsters hear toned-down tales and learn about ghost-hunting equipment more advanced than their dog Sherlock.

600 North Clark Street
Chicago,
IL
US

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