“Chicago – it’s not just Navy Pier!” Tours. For visitors and locals to really understand the depth and greatness of the “Windy City” then they must explore Chicago beyond the “Tourist Triangle “, Navy Pier to the east, Millennium & Grant Park to the south and Magnificent Mile to the north! Chicago is a city of over 200 vibrant neighborhoods and much of what has happened or will happen in this city takes place here – not at Navy Pier! Please join us on one of three “Exclusive” and very limited bus tours exploring Chicago’s compelling neighborhoods and discover what is truly “Essential” about Chicago.
1. South Side – (dates offered: 3-20, 5-15, 6-19, 7-31 & 10-16) – On this tour, we promise our guests that they will experience and sense the varied texture and diversity only the south side offers to its visitors. Guests will learn about and view some of the following sites: birthplace of Gospel Music, Sunset Café, President Obama’s home, site of 1893 World’s Fair, University of Chicago and home to the first sustained nuclear reaction, Union Stockyards, Bronzeville, Kenwood, Hyde Park, Bridgeport, Greektown, Chinatown, Little Italy, Ground Zero – Great Chicago Fire, Hull House and so much more!
2. North Side – (dates offered: 2-14, 4-3, 7-10, 8-7, & 9-11) – On this tour, we promise our guests that they too will experience and sense the varied texture and diversity of this great city and discover what is truly “Essential” about Chicago’s North Side. On Chicago’s unequaled North Side Essentials Tour, guests will learn about and view some of the following; Magnificent Mile, Gold Coast, Original Playboy Mansion, Old Town, Great Fire Cottages, Lincoln Park, Lincoln Park Zoo & Conservatory, Bucktown, Wicker Park, Humboldt Park, Logan Square, Graceland Cemetery, Wrigley Field, Essanay Studios (motion pictures including Charlie Chaplin), Green Mill, Lakeview, Lake Shore Drive, site of St. Valentine’s Massacre and so much more! Essanay Studios Wrigley Field
3. West Side(New) – (dates offered: 4-10, 5-8, 8-28, 9-25 & 10-23) On this unparalleled bus tour, we promise our guests that they too will experience and sense the varied texture and diversity of this great city and discover what is truly “Essential” about Chicago’s West Side. On the West Side Essentials Tour, guests will learn about and view some of the following; Garfield Conservatory, Illinois Medical District, United Center, Maxwell Street Market, Little Italy, Greektown, Haymarket Riot, S.S. Eastland Disaster, Sears Complex, Douglas Park, “Skid Row”, University Village, South Water Market and so much more!
“The White & Rainbow City Tour” is the only tour in Chicago to feature the best of both Chicago World’s Fairs (1893 & 1933) for the price of one! Take “Devil in the White City” and multiply that by a “Century of Progress” and the result is one amazing tour experience! As guests walk along both fairgrounds, they will relive what people saw for the first time during these exciting fairs including; oBurnham’s architectural wonders illuminated at night with Edison’s incandescent bulbs. oSitting atop the 25-story tall Ferris Wheel overlooking the world’s first “Midway”. oSally Rand’s alluring fan dance capturing the desires of men from all over the world. oRacers in “rocket cars” traveling between 628-foot towers overlooking today’s Northerly Island. During the tour, guests will view guide books filled with carefully selected archive photos that help bring to life the glory of these wondrous feats!
Pullman National Monument Tour – New (offered: 3-6, 4-17, 6-5, 8-21 & 11-6)
Far into the second half of the 20th century, the south side of Chicago was an industrial powerhouse. Meatpacking, luxury trains and steel production were three of the great economic engines driving what seemed at the time, the city’s endless prosperity. Pullman National Monument is the story of American opportunity. The diverse people whose stories intertwine here all sought opportunity. Some succeeded; others found opportunity limited by race, gender, economic status, or position. Their stories came together in the town of Pullman, a planned community famed for its urban design and architecture. It was designed as a utopia—a place to provide workers with a safe community, a better standard of living, and an environment free of social ills.
For many, the name Pullman is synonymous with luxury train cars. While this is accurate, the Pullman legacy extends well beyond these elegant mansions on wheels. As guests will discover, Pullman became a doorway to Civil Rights, Unionization, Planned Communities and so much more. This 3 hour tour will journey to the city’s far south side and immerse guests into a thoughtful discussion of Chicago’s inimitable past and endless contributions to the American way of life. It promises to be informative, fun and above all, entertaining.