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Secret Of Chicago Tour


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This tour is an overview of what makes Chicago so fascinating-the neighborhoods, history, architecture, culture, and foods. We will take you beyond the downtown loop to explore some of the great neighborhoods that make up this amazing and diverse city. Did you know that Chicago is home to 77 distinct neighborhoods? Each one has their own personality and vibe that make it worth exploring. The Chicago Tour will help you see the city without worrying about the logistics or the effort of planning. We will explore the Loop, Chinatown, South Loop/Prairie District, and end in Grant Park. Be prepared to walk a lot as we will explore by foot and use the city public transportation to connect us to each neighborhood. Together we will see the city by going off the beaten path for a more authentic experience. Each tour will include all food and drinks (listed in the itinerary below) and an unlimited public transit day pass.

What You'll Get

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Pass By: Palmer House Hilton Historic Lobby, 17 E Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603-5608

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Palmer House Hilton Historic Lobby, 17 E Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603-5608

We will begin our tour in the iconic and historic lobby of the Palmer House. The story of this hotel is one of romance and charm, with a triumphant comeback to story to tell. We will share some of these stories with you before we venture out into the Loop. We will also sample the original brownie recipe from Chicago's 1893 World's Fair, which was created right here in this kitchen!

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: The Rookery Building, 209 S La Salle St, Chicago, IL 60604-1219

After the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, Chicago was devastated. This set the stage for major growth within the city's downtown Loop. We will walk down Lasalle South Dearborn Street and admire the architecture and some of Chicago's earliest skyscrapers.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Chicago Chinatown, 318 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60616-1916

We will head to the vibrant neighborhood of Chinatown. Here we will sit down and taste test the city's BEST dumplings, followed by a tapioca smoothie tasting. You will also have some time to briefly shop in Chinatown.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Prairie Avenue Historic District, 2200 South Prairie Ave South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616

This district is a historic area in the South Loop of the city. After the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, this area became home to some of Chicago's wealthy and elite.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Clarke House Museum, 1827 S Indiana Ave, Chicago, IL 60616-1308

We will admire the gardens outside of Chicago's oldest remaining home, the Clarke House. This Greek-revival home was built in 1836.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Chicago Women's Park & Gardens, 1827 S Indiana Ave, Chicago, IL 60616-1308

This stunning garden honors the contributions women have made to the city throughout its history.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Marquette Building, 140 S Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60603-5202

Named after Father Jaques Marquette, the first European settler to Chicago, this building is an architectural gem. We will admire the rich terra cotta ornamentation and the gorgeous Tiffany mosaics, as well as learn a bit of history behind the Marquette Building.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Grant Park, 337 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601

This 300+ acres park (which includes Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain, "The Bean," Crown Fountain, Pritzker Pavilion, and more) is the heartbeat of our city with a story to tell! We will discuss the urban planning and legal battles that turned this park into what it is today, as well as admire the beautiful gardens.

Duration: 20 minutes

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • Dumplings in Chinatown
  • Dessert in Chinatown
  • Tea in Chinatown
  • Locally Crafted Beer (non-alcohol option also available)
  • Full Day CTA Pass
  • Guide

  • Gratuity
  • Hotel Pickup and Drop-off

Departure Point
Palmer House a Hilton Hotel, 17 E Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603, USA

Departure Time
10:30 AM

4 hours

Return Details
Returns to original departure point

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