Walking backward while talking is useful for leading a tour, demonstrating a moonwalk, or retreating from a room full of ominously staring toddlers. See the reverse saunter put to good use with today’s Groupon for a Winter Wonder Walks tour—either the Magnificent Mile/Gold Coast tour or The Loop Art & Architecture tour—from Joyce Walks Chicago. Choose between the following options:
- For $25, you get two tickets to a walking tour (up to a $50 value).
- For $49, you get four tickets to a walking tour (up to a $100 value).<p>
This holiday season, as the city decks its halls with twinkling lights and candied canes, Joyce’s Winter Wonder Walks slip walkers past festive decorations and protruded tongues catching snowflakes. The jaunt along the Magnificent Mile and Gold Coast, which departs every Friday this month, begins just north of the Michigan Avenue Bridge at the statue of Marilyn Monroe striking her famous Heisman Trophy pose. From there, Chicago-savvy guides take toes on a 2.5-mile tap along a golden-brick path that twists through the city’s famous shopping district and offers glimpses of sights such as Water Tower Place, the Wrigley Building, and famous 19th-century mansions along Astor Street.
The two-hour The Loop Art & Architecture tour dips curious guests into Chicago’s public art and architectural waters. After meeting on a December Thursday at the Picasso sculpture in Daley Plaza, guides lead amblers around the Loop, stopping at points of interest such as Marc Chagall’s Four Seasons mosaic and The Rookery’s lobby, which was redesigned by astronaut-turned-architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
Joyce Walks Chicago
Led by a team of knowledge-packed guides, Joyce Walks Chicago introduces out-of-towners and natives alike to the Second City's historic hoods during a full schedule of weekly walking tours. Each unique jaunt showcases a variety of hidden gems and well-known attractions, such as the Lincoln Park and Old Town tour, which weaves along the lakefront, or the Loop Art & Architecture tour, which lets participants examine The Picasso and solicit autographs from famous skyscrapers. The company's well-researched repertoire also includes seasonal treks that unveil some of the city's most decorated dwellings, affording tour takers the chance to absorb winter's twinkling lights and summer's stickball games between neighborhood pigeons.