Tours are an ideal way for anyone to learn more about a new city without resorting to drastic measures like running for mayor. Get acquainted with Chicago the easy way with today's Groupon: for $9, you get one ticket to Chicago Detours' newest walking tour, "The Loop: Explore Without Freezing" or "Good Times on the Mag," an upcoming tour (up to a $20 value).
Founded by Amanda Scotese, a former researcher and tour guide for PBS travel celebrity Rick Steves, Chicago Detours caters to curious visitors and locals alike, using curated, archival documents to inform and entertain Chicago's history-hungry. Tours consist of up to 24 people and three iPads, which display photographs, film footage, and Pac Man to provide tour-goers with media-rich, info-taining experiences. During "The Loop: Explore Without Freezing," which runs through March 31, guides will use secret shortcuts and underground passageways to avoid unsavory wintry elements and prevent their flock from being outdoors longer than five minutes at a time. The tour will include famous landmarks, such as Macy's, as well as "shh"-inspiring secrets, such as an unusual church hidden in a skyscraper and the pool of pickled relish lurking beneath Daley Plaza. Tour groups depart every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 a.m. by the southeast entrance of Chase Tower, right near the Monroe Blue Line stop. Extra tour times will be added should those sell out. "Good Times on the Mag" begins in the spring and traces the history of the Magnificent Mile's nightlife, from the Jazz Age to today. Tour-goers visit sites of both elegant and debaucherous soirees, past and present.
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- Hands down the most intelligent and insightful tour of Chicago…Seriously do yourself a favor and take this tour if you are visiting Chicago or if you are a local resident that love's our wonderful city! – Jared S., Yelp
- Very informative and engaging, this girl knows her stuff. All sorts of historical tidbits about Chicago that you don’t seem to hear in the guidebooks… – gopherpride, TripAdvisor