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Chicago History and Architecture Tour

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    What to Expect
    Get to know the history of Chicago on this educational and entertaining walking tour.

    Beginning on North Michigan Avenue in the Wrigley Building Plaza, enjoy a beverage at Peet’s Coffee and Tea while listening to the history of the Windy City. Learn how this once-swampland became one of the world’s leading cities — in just under 200 years.

    Find out more about Marquette and Joliet and Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable — plus the Fort Dearborn Massacre, the Great Chicago Fire, the 1893 World’s Fair, the Union Stockyards and much more.

    See some of Chicago’s architectural monuments along the Chicago River. Walk across the famous Michigan Avenue Bridge to the pedestrian waterfront Chicago Riverwalk, with newly expanded options for dining and entertainment. Also, see the Wrigley Building, Mather Tower, Wolf Point, Lyric Opera of Chicago and much more.

    Then, learn to navigate the Pedway, a system of underground tunnels and overhead bridges in the heart of the Windy City, connecting over 40 blocks in the Loop. Learn to navigate these winding passages and discover some of the city’s first skyscrapers.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    400 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
    Departure Time
    1:00 PM
    Return Details
    209 S LaSalle St, Chicago, IL 60604, USA
    • Local taxes
    • Snacks
    • Professional guide
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Operates in all weather conditions; please dress appropriately
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    Dan was an excellent tour guide who easily captivated the group. Knowledgable and funny-- the tour flew by because it was so interesting. He was able to read the group well and made it enjoyable for everyone present. His delivery is exceptional and I would...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Lindaaa321
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

    I'm a travel agent from the UK and decided to book a guided walking tour so we would know all about the fascinating buildings and their history. Oh my goodness I really cant rave about it enough. Our guide Rick was fabulous. He painted such...More

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    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank terilaine
    Reviewed 6 September 2019 via mobile

    We enjoyed learning about the history of Chicago and about the different architectural styles of the buildings that make up Chicago. Our tour guide Rick was highly informative, funny, and interesting! This tour is a great value for anyone wanting to learn more about the...More

    Thank O9658SCnicoler
    Reviewed 31 August 2019 via mobile

    Rick was a great and caring guide giving us loads of interesting information about Chicago 's history and architecture.

    Thank larsgunnarn2015
    Reviewed 20 August 2019

    Mr. O’Connell’s tours are not to be missed whether you’re a tourist or a lifelong Chicago resident. He is extremely knowledgeable about the area, history and architecture. Mr. O’Connell has a plethora of fascinating tales to tell about the subject. His stories bring history to...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Penrg50
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