Savvy guides not only keep their groups informed, they make sure no one gets lost and accidentally discovers that the city grid is powered by former mayors running in giant hamster wheels. Get informed on a need-to-know basis with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get an interactive, two-hour indoor walking tour of the loop district for two from Chicago Detours (up to a $52 value).
Kids ages 5–12 are regularly admitted for $18, and kids 5 and younger get in free.
At Chicago Detours, named one of Chicago's best tours by readers of the Chicago Reader, knowledgeable guides lead two-hour, indoor walking tours that engage minds with a media-rich interactive element. During the Inside the Loop: Explore the Unexpected tour, hosts lead guests through underground passageways en route to a department store, skyscraper church, the Chicago Cultural Center, and the city’s cigarette-butt depository. Tour guides brandish insights into the thought process behind urban design and architecture, explain the confusing network of underground Pedway passages, and expound upon broader themes such as commerce and development.
Founder Amanda Scotese, an avid traveler and freelance writer for Rick Steves's renowned travel guides, delegates sure-footed guides to lead sightseers to iconic landmarks and down the back alleys and lesser-known nooks of the Windy City. Tours probe the ins and outs of the Chicago's neighborhoods, such as the Loop, where they fill eyes with the sights of world-renowned architecture and minds with the secrets of the Pedway, an underground walkway that connects buildings throughout the business district with the Ninja Turtles' lair. The Historic Chicago Bar Tour, born of Chicago Detours' desire to spread knowledge of the city's entertainment history, takes tour-goers to three historic bars in an exploration of how the city had fun. Private group Jazz, Blues & Beyond tours explore historic neighborhoods on the North and South sides, and include diversions such as harmonica lessons from a bona fide blues blower. Chicago Detours also offers private-group tours for birthdays, family reunions, and corporate team-building exercises. Private group tour options also include Meat History of Fulton Market and Chicago Neighborhoods and Cultural Diversity.