Chicago Mansions & High Society Bus Tour

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Visit some of Chicago’s truly elegant existing mansions, explore some of the lavish lifestyles of the denizens of Chicago’s elite neighborhoods, and experience “High Society” at its best by partaking in the Drake Hotel’s legendary Afternoon Tea Service!

Duration: 3 hours

When: June 20th, August 29th, and October 3rd

Cost: Tour only, $40; Drake Afternoon Tea Service, $49

Meeting Point: McDonald’s – 600 North Clark Street; tour concludes at the Drake Hotel

Tour Includes: Luxury bus with restroom, snacks, and drinks

A minimum number of guests is needed to offer our Chicago Mansions & High Society Bus Tour

Chicago’s Gilded Age past might seem a distant memory but not on this tour. Today, the city still boasts many impressive residences dating from before the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 through the early 20th Century, from Prairie Avenue on the south to the Gold Coast on the north. Some look backward, evoking the grandeur of an idealized Europe in Chateauesque and Baroque styles while others look forward to the dawn of Modernism.

In addition to visiting some of Chicago’s truly elegant existing mansions, this tour explores some of the lavish lifestyles of the denizens of Chicago’s elite neighborhoods. Listen carefully to our guide’s tales of the “rich & famous” and how they spent their money frivolously on themselves. Did Marshall Field really spend almost $2 million on his children’s birthday parties in 1 night?

Lastly and most importantly, our guests experience “High Society” at its best by partaking in the Drake Hotel’s legendary Afternoon Tea Service!

Guests may choose to attend tour only or upgrade to tour plus Afternoon Tea Service at Drake Hotel.