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Chicago Walking Tour: Interior Architecture of the Loop and Pedway Tour
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This is not your grandma's architecture tour! Our award-winning guided tours of Chicago’s architecture, history, and culture bring curious people to explore stories and places locals don't even know. With Chicago Detours, you'll explore downtown and our diverse neighborhoods to experience the city’s interior architecture, the underground Pedway, jazz and blues, and historic bars. Founded by a former Rick Steves tour guide, Chicago Detours has designed tours that are fun, educational experiences. Our tour guides are are not just volunteer docents, they’re highly trained and educated professionals who know how to spark discussions and create a lively group dynamic. Rated five stars on both Yelp and TripAdvisor, Chicago Detours is one of the top-rated tour companies in the city. We offer regularly scheduled tours for the public, and private group tours for corporate team-building, student field trips, and convention groups. The public walking tours stay mostly indoors, making them great activities for any time of year. Options include the "Loop Interior Architecture Walking Tour," which explores beautiful building interiors and the underground Pedway System, and the "Historic Chicago Walking Bar Tour," which digs into Chicago's entertainment history of social clubs, jazz music, prohibition, and theater. Other public tours include the "Best Architecture Walking Tour Since Sliced Bread," "1893 World's Fair Walking Tour with Bars," and "Pilsen Spaces and Changes Walking Tour with Food." Private group tours include the outings mentioned above, as well as tours by a luxury coach equipped with screens for presentation of historic images and videos. Many of our private group tour options can operate in the evening, and can include food and drink. Our historic bar tours, both by foot and by bus, are the most popular with private groups. Your group will eat, drink and learn about how Chicago has had fun over its history. The "Big Shoulders Historic Bar and Food Bus Tour" visits Bridgeport, Chicago's oldest neighborhood outside downtown, which was home to workers for the nearby Union Stock Yards. Another popular tour is our "Jazz, Blues & Beyond by Bus." This tour explores Chicago neighborhoods north to south for a fun, up-close connection with the cultural history of Chicago's music. This memorable experience reaches its conclusion when a blues musician comes on board for a performance and harmonica lesson. Other private tours include "Chicago Neighborhoods and Cultural Diversity by Bus" and "Old Polonia and Wicker Park Tour with Food." Step-on guide services are also available for private group tours. Tours include lively guide commentary, an interactive group dynamic, and extras like media presentation and special gifts. Rather than a standard lecture format, these tours actively involve guests in a memorable experience that inspires new perspectives of the city's architecture and history. We annually receive TripAdvisor's "Certificate of Excellence," and maintain five stars on Yelp as well. Our tours have been featured in Frommer's, Lonely Planet, ABC 7, WGN, WBEZ, "Chicago Magazine," the Chicago Tribune, and the Guardian.
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Hours Today: 00:00 - 17:00, 22:00 - 00:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Chicago, IL 60604
Downtown / The Loop
+1 312-350-1131
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We took the interior architecture walking tour with Amanda, who had the most interesting facts about places in Chicago that you wouldn't imagine. It is outstanding the amount of precious details the city has to offer, and sometimes people just walk by, this is a...More

Thank ConnieMartz
Reviewed 5 days ago

Sonny took us on the tour a week ago..the group was small and the tour was interactive amongst the group which was so different - rather than just being lectured too. She took us to some amazing places which made the rest of our stay...More

Thank plum176
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This was a walking tour, but that's loosely used. The tour itself went in and around the downtown "Loop" of Chicago and stopped at interesting and historically relevant places. We were really into the places most tourist don't get to see. The format is walk...More

Thank Joseph C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Elizabeth was a great guide as she showed us so many things in our city that we had no idea were there....and I've lived in the Chicago area for 55 years! The interior of the Intercontinental was a site to see, the little gargoyles on...More

Thank crunch6
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great tour. Out guide Elizabeth was super. Using iPad tablets for historic photos and maps and short videos is inspired way the expand tour experience while keeping it up close and personal. Chicago Temple and Chicago Cultural Center were both particularly facinating as I would...More

Thank Peter R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've lived in Chicago for 13 years, but had a friend visiting and decided to do the tour with them, and glad I did. This tour was a trifecta, I got to see the city, learn things about the architecture and the past, plus taste...More

Thank Angela F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Decided to take this tour on our last day, thought it would be nice to hear about some of the interior design and architecture in the city. The guide was great, well spoken and very knowledgeable and was able to fill us in on some...More

Thank soccermom13
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Did the bar tour a few days ago and LOVED it! Alex was a great tour guide with wonderful stories for all the places we visited. Highly recommend.

Thank RobynAbleson
Reviewed 17 August 2017

REALLY enjoyed this tour. Pavel was so informative...entertaining...courteous...and proud of Chicago. He handled our group with compassion and patience. A couple of people were late and one in particular was unpleasant but he was gracious. His enthusiasm was contagious

Thank Sarah B
Reviewed 15 August 2017

Tour guide Alex was great, very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. You get to see the places you would just walk by in a different light and you suddenly realize how much history is hidden in Chicago. The beers and snacks were really good - a great...More

Thank d0nsch0
Downtown / The Loop
Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a
good starting point to sample the city's energy and
flavor. This central business district boasts
Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier
shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep
your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many
photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of
Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of
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