Chicago’s #1 History Tour

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The “story” of Chicago is an amazing account of how a swampland located at the intersection of a lazy prairie river and Lake Michigan transformed into one of the world’s leading “Alpha” cities.


Adults: $25.00
Seniors: $20.00
Children 12 and under: $20.00

Duration and Distance

  • 2 hours and 30 minutes Tour
  • 1.25 Miles

About Summer Tours (June-October)

  • Tours begin at Peet’s Coffee & Tea – Wrigley Building Plaza – 400 North Michigan Avenue – across from Walgreen’s.
  • Listen as our tour guides thoughtfully describe those forging events that help shaped the city in to perhaps one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
  • Enjoy viewing the numerous archival photos and listen closely to our guides stories that were each chosen specifically to bring Chicago’s history to life right before your eyes.
  • Summer Tours include a tour with a short boat ride down the Chicago River and observe some of Chicago’s iconic buildings!*
  • Come explore with us the newly expanded River Walk. Opening 2016, 3 new “rooms” (Water Plaza, Jetty & Boardwalk) all promise to make the River Walk even more fun and the place to be!

About Winter Tours (November-May)

  • Chicago History Tour begins at 1:00 pm sharp on Saturdays at the Hyatt Regency Hotel – 151 East Upper Wacker – inside main lobby next to concierge desk.
  • At the Cultural Center, guests will view the world’s largest Tiffany Dome while listening to stories about the Tiffany family of New York. Only one block away guests will view the world’s largest Tiffany Ceiling in Macy’s Department Store. The Daley Center is replete with stories of Chicago’s past and present not to mention the spot leading to the demise of the infamous “Blues Mobile” featured in the “Blues Brothers” movie. City Hall’s lobby is not only breathtaking but hurried and full of bustle as politicians make their way to and from the Mayor’s office or Chicago City Council Chambers located on the second floor. And lastly, the tour concludes in Helmut Jahn’s crown jewel – State of Illinois Building – 100 West Randolph.
  • History stories featured on the tour include some of the following; Marquette & Joliet, Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable,Fort Dearborn Massacre, 1848 – “Annus Mirabilis”, Illinois & Michigan Canal, raising Chicago, Chicago Watertower, Chicago shipping and Sanitation Canal, Union Stockyards, Great Chicago Fire, skyscrapers and architecture, 1893 World’s Fair, S.S. Eastland Disaster, Burnham Plan and so much more.
  • All tours include a intermission restroom stop and treat along the way!

Please call us to make a reservation if you are using a pre-paid voucher or gift card.