One of the best ways to see Chicago is to take one of its amazing tours. Whether you’ve lived here all your life or just moved in, there’s something to be gained from each unique experience.
From high above to down below the city, these amazing guided journeys will show you a perspective of the city you’ve never seen. Keep scrolling for more details.
1. Chicago Greeter Tour
This is one of Chicago's finest yet little-known things to do. Register at least 10 days in advance for a two to four hour guided tour of just about any neighborhood(s) in the city. Friday through Sunday, hour-long tours of downtown are available without a registration. All tours are free.
2. History On Tap
This attraction offers themed outings centered around beer. Guests visit various bars and breweries while learning about the history of Chicago. There are sometimes cruises as well, and prices range from $30 to $100.
3. Chicago Elevated
Given by an experienced comedian, multiple different walking tours are available through this service, including one of the Chicago Pedway. Tickets are between $20 and $30. Private excursions are also available for $40 per person.
4. Chicago Film Tour
Climb aboard a charter bus and travel over 30 miles to 50 different film locations around the city. Guests view movie clips and then go past the places they were filmed. Bus trips are available Thursday through Sunday for $30 per person.
5. Chicago Helicopter Experience
Passengers on this trip get to see the city in a way most never do. Day, night, and twilight flights are available and cost between $148 and $178 for group outings while private ones cost over $200.
6. Chicago Pizza Tours
Enjoy the city one slice at a time on this 30-mile trip through Chicago's best pizzerias. You'll discover local favorites you may not know about in different neighborhoods. Tours last about three and a half hours and cost $60.
7. Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise
Costing between $40 and $50, this 90-minute boat tour gives guests a history lesson as well as a look at the city's most beautiful buildings. Both day and twilight cruises are available.
8. Bobby's Bike Hike
These themed tours are centered around either biking or walking. Participants can see the city lights at night, explore old gangster hideouts, or uncover various restaurants and bars for a taste of Chicago. Excursions cost between $20 and $50.
9. Chicago Brew Bus Tours
Running Friday through Sunday, this tour teaches guests the rich history of Chicago and beer. Patrons enjoy samples from three different breweries while partying with other locals and tourists.
10. Frank Lloyd Wright Tours
For architecture fans who have seen enough skyscrapers, this is the attraction you can't miss. For this excursion, you’ll visit the Frank Lloyd Wright home, The Rookery, Bach House, as well as walking tours of parks and day trips around Illinois and Wisconsin. Prices vary depending on the chosen tour.
11. Chicago Segway Tour
This popular tour is very safe and perfect for newcomers. It goes past the most prominent Chicago landmarks and is lead by a highly experienced guide who gives you all the history and details you need. The cost is about $50 per person.
12. Weird Chicago Tours
Learn about ghosts, gangsters, and other mysteries that surround Chicago on this unforgettable outing. Ticket prices range from $25 to $45 depending on the tour. There is a special Red Light District Tour, Roaring 20s Tour, and more.
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