This very special walking tour digs into how and why the 1893 World's Fair captures our imaginations more than any other event in Chicago history. Unlike other World's Fair tours and "Devil in the White City" tours, which likely revolve around facts and trivia, we dig deeper. We dug through archives, studied photographs, and designed games to devise a fun and insightful walking tour.
This walking tour is much more than just a tour! The food and beer on our tour connect with stories of the 1893 World's Fair. With just intermittent walks outside, the 1893 World's Fair Tour makes for a great walking tour this winter and spring.
Think of this 3-hour-long walking tour as broken up as 5% outdoors, 95% indoors, 20% clue-based games and visual scavenger hunts, 20% food and drink time, and 100% awesome historical tour time. We know the math doesn't add up - we hope you get the idea!
Walking Bar Tour DOES NOT INCLUDE
- Beer or Wine Package: At check-in, guests have two choices
1. Water ($3 CASH per person) - Covers server gratuities
2. Beer package ($11 CASH per person) - 1 full-size beer + 2 sample-size beers
3. Wine package ($11 CASH per person) - 1 glass of wine + 1 sample-size glass
THESE FEES INCLUDE OUR RATHER HIGH CHICAGO RESTAURANT TAXES AND SERVER GRATUITY.
Robyn S.1893 World’s Fair Tour
I wasn't aware that the class would be with Chicago Detours, so when I was first at the hotel I didn't know where to find the group. Once I figured that out, the tour was great! Very informative and fun, even for a Chicagoan. Would definitely recommend to others!
Sarah R.1893 World’s Fair Tour
Great class! As promised, you do get to see a lot of places in Chicago that otherwise you would miss. (And I should know, as I live here!) The teacher Alex knows his stuff - so be prepared to come with questions. The gist of it? I would highly recommend this class to anyone who has even the slightest interest in the 1893 World's Fair. It's worth the money and the time.
Jennifer B.1893 World’s Fair Tour
This was a great tour! neat trivia and fun games along the way, not to mention the snacks and drinks! Even as a local, I visited places I had never been in before. I highly recommend this one! Also Elizabeth was a great guide!
Rachel C.1893 World’s Fair Tour
So much fun and very informative. The guide was entertaining and well-prepared. Though not so much about the fair itself, I learned lots about the World's Fair from a different perspective.
Susan K.1893 World’s Fair Tour
This was a great tour! Fun and educational! I would highly recommend to locals and out of towers alike.
Kimberly M.1893 World’s Fair Tour
Informative and entertaining with great food and a great guide
Hill R.1893 World’s Fair Tour
Interesting tour loaded with fun facts and likely places you've never seen whether you're a local or just visiting! Bring your walking shoes.
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We are a group of educators, historians, artists and story-tellers. Founder Amanda Scotese launched Chicago Detours in July 2010 after close to a decade of travel in Italy as a Tour Guide and Guidebook Researcher with Rick Steves’ Europe. She decided to bring her travel expertise back home with tour experiences that are fun, educational, and truly make us feel connected with our grand city. Our professional Chicago tour guides are highly trained and educated, and we know how to spark discussions and create a lively group dynamic on our public and private group tours of Chicago. Today we are a community of Chicagoans passionate about sharing the architecture, history, and culture of Chicago through the Chicago Detours blog and our guided walking and bus tours.