Explore the Riverwalk with us and experience its lush green spaces, cafes, and retail spaces. Learn what makes Chicago one of the most unique cities in the world and the vital role the river played…
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.
Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes
Distance: 1.25 Miles
When is the Chicago history tour? Saturday at 1 p.m.
About Summer Tours (June-October)
- Our Chicago history walking tours begin at Peet’s Coffee & Tea – Wrigley Building Plaza – 400 North Michigan Avenue – across from Walgreens.
- 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 walking tours include a tour with a short boat ride down the Chicago River and the opportunity to observe some of Chicago’s most iconic buildings!*
- Explore the newly expanded Riverwalk and its new “rooms” which all promise to make the Riverwalk even more fun and the place to be!
About Winter Tours (November-May)
- Chicago History Tour begins at 1 p.m. sharp on Saturdays at the Hyatt Regency Hotel – 151 East Upper Wacker – inside the main lobby next to concierge
- Watch Chicago’s history come to life with the use of our history archive view book.
- At the Cultural Center, view the world’s largest Tiffany Dome while listening to stories about the Tiffany family of New York.
- Only one block away, we can 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 #1 Chicago’s History Tour concludes in Helmut Jahn’s crown jewel – State of Illinois Building – 100 West
- 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, the Great
Chicago Fire, skyscrapers and architecture, the 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!