Multiple Guides at Chicago Detours
Our Philosophy We believe that the primary role of a tour guide is to educate, so we create an interactive group dynamic and share educational tools and new perspectives for you to connect with the architecture of Chicago. We are committed to responsible travel, so our tour company uses green practices and immerse you in a truly local experience. We know that history is best told with a creative approach, so we use different media, like historic quotes, old photographs, and documentary film clips, to stimulate your imagination and present various perspectives. We believe that a city like Chicago is more than “highlights,” so we share forgotten stories about both famous city landmarks and lesser-known attractions. We understand that business is about building community, so our tour company likes to connect with tour operators, conventions, destination management companies, non-profits, community groups, senior groups, universities, cultural organizations, and Chicago businesses. We treat all our tour guests like a new friend, because we believe in the importance of hospitality, and we love when tour guests have chosen to tour Chicago with a small business.
Chicago Detours's Reviews
Maeve R.Historic Chicago Walking Bar Tour
This was an excellent tour for tourists and locals alike.
Kateland G.Historic Chicago Walking Bar Tour
This was such a fun way to be a tourist in my own city! :) I think whether you are out of town or a lifelong Chicagoan, you could have a great time and learn something from this class! It was fun, interactive, entertaining, and I learned some really cool stories about some Chicago staples (and a couple off the path places). I'm not the typical history buff who wants to learn the details and facts and years, but I do love hearing stories. While Elizabeth did know the facts, she also told them in an engaging way. :) I would definitely recommend checking this out!
Hill R.1893 World's Fair Tour with Bars
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.
Kimberly M.1893 World's Fair Tour with Bars
Informative and entertaining with great food and a great guide
Susan K.1893 World's Fair Tour with Bars
This was a great tour! Fun and educational! I would highly recommend to locals and out of towers alike.
Rachel C.1893 World's Fair Tour with Bars
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.
Jennifer B.1893 World's Fair Tour with Bars
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!
Sarah R.1893 World's Fair Tour with Bars
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.
Robyn S.1893 World's Fair Tour with Bars
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!
Amelie V.Loop Interior Architecture Walking Tour
Elizabeth did a great job giving us insight into architectural trends and cultural forces shaping Chicago's cityscape. She kept our attention throughout the tour and we enjoyed it very much. The iPads added an extra dimension to the information presented. I would recommend this tour to a friend, and already have to the Macy's employee who asked about it. Nice job!
Jaime P.Loop Interior Architecture Walking Tour
Elizabeth did a great job showing us around the loop, the tour was fun and informative!
Katie R.1893 World's Fair Tour with Bars
Tour was so awesome and fun. We were all local chicagoans but really enjoyed learning new things about the fair. Super fun games too.
Cheryl B.Loop Interior Architecture Walking Tour
This tour was awesome!! Alex knocks it out of the park! You are transformed to different time periods while touring hidden gems throughout the Loop. Alex was not only able to provide historical context about each spot but also included not-so-well-know facts and tidbits about each stop. I am completely hooked on Chicago Detours now. I can't wait to do another tour with them!
Miriam G.Historic Chicago Walking Bar Tour
Do it a warmer day because you do spend a lot of time outside. Even if you're a local, you'll learn some interesting things you never knew about Chicago history.
Kate M.1893 World's Fair Tour with Bars
This was a lot of fun! Really enjoyed what we learned as well as all the team play.
Maris B.1893 World's Fair Tour with Bars
I had a great time on this tour. I learned a lot of things about Chicago even though I live here as well as about the World's Fair and the lasting impacts. I will definitely do another tour with this group but there is a fair amount of walking so I'd sign up when the weather isn't subzero.
Brittany W.1893 World's Fair Tour with Bars
We had a wonderful time on this tour!! Our guide, Elizabeth, was fantastic in every way. Not only was she knowledgeable about the historical aspects of our tour, we threw her questions about Chicago history in general and she caught them all. She also did a wonderful job navigating our XL group through the streets of Chicago, and she elegantly handled a run-in with a heckler. I will definitely recommend this tour to friends and look for other Chicago Detours to attend!
Melissa M.1893 World's Fair Tour with Bars
This was a fun and informative tour. Learned lots of new facts and it made for a good time despite the rain. Nice alternative to the usual date night.
Gale B.Loop Interior Architecture Walking Tour
Great time! The guide was fantastic. We went to the Cultural Center and a church within a skyscraper, two hidden gems downtown that I didn't even know existed! Highly recommend.
Zane T.Loop Interior Architecture Walking Tour
Great tour highly informational even for locals
Arianna C.1893 World's Fair Tour with Bars
Alex is a fantastic and very informative tour guide! The stories and sights were fascinating and left much to reflect upon! I would highly recommend this tour!
Sam M.1893 World's Fair Tour with Bars
This tour was sooo fun! I used to be a tour guide so I wasn't sure I would learn anything but I definitely did, and it was even super fun beyond that. We took it a while ago and now we love showing visitors around to all the fun little spots we discovered on this tour. Plus the food is delicious!