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

Did you ever wonder why Chicago is called the “Second City”? Most people believe that for decades that it was called such because Chicago was in fact second in population to New York City. However, the real reason for this moniker is because we built our city basically from ground up after the Great Chicago fire of 1871, and thus, we are the second version of this great city! If you are interested in learning more about Chicago from its early rising to its current standing as one of the world’s great cities, please join us for an entertaining and informative walking excursion along the city’s River Walk! Did Mrs. O’Leary cow really start the Great Fire? You will find the answer to that question and so many more by joining us Chicago’s Finest River Walk Brunch tour! Check out the rest of our Chicago history tours.


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


“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!"


Ontario, Canada