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Historic Chicago Walking Bar Tour provided by Chicago Detours

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Historic Chicago Walking Bar Tour

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2 adults
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Discover downtown Chicago’s legendary nightlife on this evening walking tour which mixes sightseeing and socialising. Explore historic sites and architectural landmarks along the Magnificent Mile, see sights including the Tribune Tower and the Wrigley Building, and visit three popular bars, where you can tuck into tasty appetizers (included) and purchase drinks of your choice.
You'll start at
343 N Michigan Ave
343 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60602, USAMake your way INSIDE Fannie May Candies at 343 N. Michigan Ave., and look for the guide with a name tag, clipboard, and iPads. Please arrive approximately 10 minutes early for check in.
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  • Pass by Tribune Tower
  • 1
    The Magnificent Mile
    Stop: 2 hours -
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    Pass by Michigan Avenue Bridge
  • 2
    InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile
    Stop: 20 minutes -
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  • 3
    Billy Goat Tavern
    Stop: 20 minutes -
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  • 4
    Lawry's The Prime Rib
    Stop: 20 minutes -
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You'll end at
505 Michigan Ave
505 Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USATour ends inside the InterContinental Hotel, 505 N. Michigan Ave.
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  • Magnificent views of downtown Chicago by night
  • Visit three bars including the famous Billy Goat Tavern
  • Insider tips and recommendations from a local guide
  • Personalized small-group tour with a maximum of 8 people
Important Information
Departure Point
343 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60602, USA
2h 30m
Return Details
505 Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
  • Local guide
  • Appetizers
  • Shared use of iPads with historic photos and videos
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Minimum age is 16 years
  • Must bring additional cash to cover 2.5 servings of drinks and server gratuities: beer ($23), wine ($29), or water ($3).
  • A maximum of 8 people per booking
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Mary A wrote a review 6 Mar
18 contributions
5 Stars for Alex, our guide! This tour brought us to spots we had never seen and spots we had, but for each, we learned a great deal about the history in Chicago! Alex was very knowledgeable about the history of each site we visited. A lot of information about the history of
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Response from AmandaDetoursOwner, Manager at Historic Chicago Walking Bar Tour
Responded 3 weeks ago
Wow, thanks so much for this review! Saying you'd give it 10 stars means a lot. Glad you had fun and learned a lot about Chicago's historic places.
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Raymond T wrote a review Feb 2020
Chesterfield, Missouri6 contributions1 helpful vote
Learned a lot of interesting facts about Chicago history and architecture. Right size group so easy to hear and move through the tour. Really liked the use of iPads in group of three or four to provide more facts and pictures. Guide was professional, kept it interesting and did
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Date of experience: December 2019
ChicagoTourist wrote a review Dec 2019
1 contribution2 helpful votes
This was probably the weakest tour I've experienced in Chicago. Make sure you bring cash because the first thing they do is hit you up for add'l money ($23 per person) so you can have a cheeseburger split 4 ways at Billy Goat's and a 5 oz serving of light beer. Waste of time,
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Date of experience: December 2019
Ryn24 wrote a review Dec 2019
New Bremen, Ohio22 contributions5 helpful votes
We had a fun time with Alex as our tour guide on this tour. The very interesting facts and places we saw and experienced were awesome. Alex also gave us some good advice on other places to visit or see on our trip to Chicago. He ran the tour very efficiently and made it fun.
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Date of experience: December 2019
Corb2000 wrote a review Dec 2019
Yorkshire, United Kingdom734 contributions348 helpful votes
I thought this would be fun thing to do while spending a few nights in the city and there were ten of us in all, with quite a mix of ages. The stops are very varied and each has been chosen to illustrate a particular aspect of the city's history. Several of us stayed on at the
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Great little tour
My wife and I arrived into Chicago yesterday, as ALL the bars & restaurants prepared to close semi-permanently due
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Ghost tour
I have lived in Chicago my entire life and still learn things on these tours. Cheap and interesting for tourists o
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Linda B
Excellent Chicago Tour with Italian-speaking Guide!
I booked a private Chicago Highlights tour with only 2 days notice. We were with friends who speak only Italian, a
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Entertaining and Educational Tour
My husband and I did the Loop Interior Architecture Walking Tour yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed it. Our guide wa
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Great Tour for Locals and Out of Towners Alike
My 2 daughters live in Chicago, so when I visited last weekend, I thought it would be fun for all of us and it was!
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A great tour!
Elizabeth was fantastic! This tour was a great way to spend an afternoon and was truly an interactive experience wi
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Always something new to learn.
This was very interesting. We had a life-long Chicagoan in our party and even he was surprised how much he learned
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I’m not much of a history person, but this tour was amazing and very informative about the various architectural fe
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Great tour on a cold day
We had a delightful tour with Ellen yesterday. Her knowledge of the city, the architecture, architects and history
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Different in a Great Way
This was our first visit to Chicago. This tour was our second of the trip with the boat tour being our first. We
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Nice tour by a small, privately-owned company that focuses on engaging visitors with rich local history; this featu
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Interesting Tour
Enjoyed the tour. Guide was knowledgeable and interesting Diverse group added to the fun. Love learning about th
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Chicago Walking Tour: Interior Architecture of the Loop and Pedway Tour
Alex Bean was a fantastic tour guide. He is knowledgeable and it is evident that he is passionate about what he doe
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Informative and Interactive
Being a Chicago native I don’t think too much about going on these tours, but having experienced one has changed my
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Fantastic Time
This was a fantastic tour of downtown Chicago, connecting it to the famous 1893 World's Fair tour. There's always s
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  • Duration: 2h 30m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English
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