River Walk Brunch Tour

An entertaining walking tour and delicious brunch all rolled into one!

Join us on our highly acclaimed weekend Brunch tour that features a little of everything; history, architecture, spectacular views, great storytelling and of course, a delicious brunch. For one price, guests receive a fascinating walking tour and scrumptious brunch at Houlihans! Guests begin by embarking on our highly rated walking tour and hear fascinating stories of the city’s jubilant and at times, tragic past. While listening to entertaining anecdotes about many of Chicago’s colorful characters, they view some of the city’s architectural gems. As we often say. “Every building in Chicago has its own story”!

After building up a hearty appetite for the first hour, guests stop at Houlihans for a fabulous brunch buffet. The brunch features everything a traditional brunch buffet has to offer including; fruit, eggs, omelets, toast, muffins, bacon, sausage, French toast and so much more including coffee and soft drinks. After brunch, guests return to the river walk for a second hour of entertaining storytelling and calorie burning!

River Walk Brunch Tour Highlights

  • Tour Duration: 3 hours – minimal walking - 1 mile
  • Tours are conducted along scenic Chicago River
  • Tours begin on June 6 and end October 31 and are offered every Saturday and Sunday morning at 9:30 am
  • Tour Size Minimum: 10 Guests
  • Spectacular views of Chicago’s iconic skyline.
  • Please note that while our tours are leisurely strolls, there are numerous stairs along the tour route. Unfortunately, we do not recommend the use of wheel chairs, strollers, canes, walkers etc.
  • Entertaining stories featuring the Great Chicago Fire, S.S. Eastland Disaster and Chicago’s early history
  • Tours begin at 221 North Columbus - inside main Lobby - Radisson Blu Hotel and end near Wrigley Building - 400 North Michigan
  • Plenty of places to sit and relax in the sun or shade.
  • Learn about Chicago’s most fascinating characters including the architects, millionaires, vice figures and politicians!
  • Trivia contest

History, buildings, stories, pop culture and brunch all rolled into one

Testimonials

“River Walk and Brunch Tour”

Reviewed July 26, 2015 5 out of 5 Stars

"Went on the the Sunday 7/26/15 tour with guide Richard Zieman and it was a fantastic 3 hours. The tour is very well planned with benches and shade in the locations the guide stops to talk. Lots of interesting information even for native Chicagoans, beautiful river views, and gift card giveaways for Chicago trivia questions. At the halfway mark brunch is included at Houlihan's and the omelette bar was yummy! 1 hour walk, 1 hour brunch, 1 hour walk.Would recommend for either out-of-towners or Chicagoans."

Visited July 2015

L.C.

Chicago, IL

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“June 20 Brunch Walking Tour”

Reviewed July 1, 2015 5 out of 5 Stars

"Our 3 hour walking brunch tour from Chicago's Finest Tours was outstanding. Mr. Dan O'Connell led our group. Mr. O'Connell was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the city of Chicago and the landmark structures. Although this was not an architectural tour, Mr. Dan provided many insights into the designs and history of a multitude of buildings. He left us wanting more! Mr. Dan has a great sense of humor, which is evident in his storytelling. The brunch was perfect and unhurried. Chicago's Finest Tours byline is "Come ready to learn and be entertained." They did not let us down. Without question - 5 Star!!"

Visited June 2015

Bob G.

Chicago,IL

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The Riverwalk Brunch Tour - is an excellent way to start your day in Chicago”

Reviewed October 31, 2014

"Our Chicago tour guide Sharon was very knowledgeable and a lot of fun. She made the tour breezy and enjoyable while still getting a lot of information in. Using a headset and meeting up in a quiet hotel lobby made this tour convenient. I hate having to strain to hear a tour guide, and that wasn't an issue here. The brunch part was fine, with quick service and everything you could hope for on the buffet. I was surprised how quickly the time flew on this tour, and I would love to try any of their other tours out.

We took this tour our first morning in Chicago, and it was great. We ended up at 1:00 with full bellies in the middle of downtown Chicago with broad background knowledge on the town and lots of ideas of what we wanted to see next. I wish more cities offered walking/brunch tours like this."

Nicole M.

Atlanta, Georgia

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“Riverwalk Brunch Walking Tour”

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 8, 2014

"My friend and I took the the Riverwalk Brunch tour on Sunday October 5. Having travelled from balmy Toronto, we were ill-prepared for the cold temperature in Chicago that morning. Our guide, Dan, was not only a well-informed and charismatic story-teller, he was also a kind soul who produced a spare jacket from his bag, and a second jacket he kept at Houlihan's where we stopped for brunch. This was much appreciated.

The brunch was a buffet with something for everyone, including plenty of fresh fruit, pastries, yogurt, bacon, ham, sausage, home fries, scrambled eggs, grits (I think? I'm Canadian, not totally sure), made-to-order omelettes, coffee, tea and juice. Alcohol was extra, and a pair of mimosas rang up at $13.

Overall, we were very pleased with the tour. I'd already taken the Wendella Architecture boat tour on a previous trip, and this was a nice complement, with many historical anecdotes and bits of trivia interspersed. Dan described political scandals, engineering feats and foibles, pop culture -- truly interesting throughout, and gave me ideas for things to see and do on my next trip. Thanks for a great tour, Dan!"

Richard

Ontario, Canada