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Private Guided Tours of Chicago

Regardless of your group size, we have a tour type to meet your groups needs. Private tours can be scheduled at anytime, rather than confirm to our public tour times. We will work with your group to create the most memorable experience possible. Car tours are designed from up to 6 guests and bus tours can accommodate anything large. And of course, walking tours are available to any group size.

All private tours of Chicago are fully customized to specific customer needs including: content, route, beginning and end time, length, and refreshment options including lunch or dinner – cost is variable based on options chosen. You may choose from some of the following popular themes to see the best landmarks in Chicago or request your own specific theme.

To request a private tour with Chicago’s Finest Tours, call 312-202-0745 or send an email to Dan O’Connell – [email protected]

Check out some of our standards routes and themes below, be sure to reach out if you are looking for something you don’t see! We are prepared to adapt to your specific needs.

  • Chicago Essentials – car or bus tour (most popular)
  • Chicago History – walking or bus tour
  • Chicago Architecture – walking or bus tour
  • Chicago History & Architecture – walking or bus tour
  • Chicago Mansions & High Society – bus tour – new in 2019
  • Chicago River Walk – walking tours plus boat ride
  • Cultural Mile & Historic Hotel – walking tour
  • Chinatown – boat ride and walking tour
  • Magnificent Mile & Gold Coast – walking tour
  • Roaring 20’s Tour – walking or bus tour
  • South Side Tour – car or bus tour
  • North Side Tour – car or bus tour
  • West Side Tour – car or bus tour
  • Chicago Tragedies Tour – car or bus tour
  • Irish Heritage Tour – car or bus tour
  • Ghosts of Chicago “Frightseeing” Tour – bus tour
  • Holiday Lights – bus tour
  • Springfield, IL Tour  – bus tour – 2 days


Check out our private tour guest reviews


  • Chevron down Excellent Tour Guides and Business Practices
  • “I ran into great difficulty booking a tour for 108 people due to the fact that almost every company I contacted wanted payment in advance. This was problematic from the perspective of a lack of recourse if the guides failed to show (which I’ve had happen before). Trip Advisor doesn’t make researching for large groups the easiest, but I finally took a chance and called their highest rated tour company for Chicago. I’m glad I did!

    Mr. O’Connell was incredibly accommodating, and he and his fellow guides did a fantastic job of helping our bus drivers navigate the city while offering trivia (with gift cards as prizes), Chicago style popcorn, and a wide-array of historical knowledge of the city ranging from the humorous to the macabre. They arrived on time and made sure that we saw the sights from the bus as well as from the ground. If I travel with another group to Chicago in the future, there’s no doubt which company I will use!”

  • Chevron down Spectacular!
  • “Dan was amazing. I’ve lived in Chicago for almost 40 years and took a custom private tour with Dan when friends came to visit. I saw and learned so many new things about the city I thought I knew. I can’t wait for more visitors to book again. I highly recommend Dan & Co. You won’t be disappointed.”

  • Chevron down “Family Reunion Private Tour Was Great!”
  • “How lucky I was to find this Tour Company and Dan O’Connell using an Internet search as I planned family reunion activities for July 2016! On the front side, Dan was so easy to work with as we arranged for the size of the bus and the sites to see, focusing on the history of the city. Like most families we have some elderly family members and some with limited mobility so we needed a non-walking tour. Also, we were staying out in Oak Brook so we needed a tour that could pick us up at our hotel and let us off downtown for an afternoon of sightseeing on our own. Dan was very flexible and arranged for all of those needs and preferences. Over the course of our 3 hour tour we saw many sites and learned lots of fascinating information to go with them. Dan was easy to understand and made the effort to connect by eye contact and showed interest in all of our group – which maxed out the bus’s 38 comfortable seats. And with the bus full, this made the price very reasonable per person. Finally, even at the end of the tour Dan was flexible as to our ending point(s) – which were 2 spots because of course like all families, not everyone wanted to eat in the same place. Thank you Dan – and also Juan our very pleasant and safe driver!”

  • Chevron down “Private Van Tour the Best!”
  • “I considered a Hop On-Hop-Off tour for your group of 12 sisters/daughters but wanted something more personable and more suited to a group our size. I called Chicago’s Finest Tours and Dan immediately offered a personalized tour that would meet our timetable and our interests! He and his driver arrived at our hotel early and definitely had their act together! Dan was knowledgeable, personable, and passionate about all things Chicago and mixed together history, culture, a little architecture, sites, life in Chicago and a little trivia game while our driver navigated us through Chicago center and the near North and South communities. I would highly recommend Chicago’s Finest Tours.”

    Private Van Tour the Best!

  • Chevron down "Custom Bus Tour"
  • “Chicago’s Finest Tours was the perfect way for me to show off my beautiful city to family visiting from France. I was hosting about 15 aunts and uncles who were in town for my sister’s wedding and wanted a way to show them around the city without having them walk around too much. Dan worked hand in hand with me to provide a custom tour of the downtown area as well as the north and south sides of Chicago. We had a four-hour tour which felt like the perfect amount of time to see everything. The bus was large enough to see the buildings and we did not feel like it obstructed the views at all. Dan sat with us at the front of the bus and gave us tremendous information and facts about the sights around us, all with letting me enough time to translate all he was saying to my family in French. Dan’s knowledge of the city is unparalleled, he seemed to have answers for all of our ridiculous questions. My family could not stop talking about how wonderful the tour was for the remainder of the weekend. I would not hesitate to book another large tour with him in the future and will definitely be coming back for some smaller and more intimate tours of the city. Thanks again!

    Custom Bus Tour

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