To visit Chicago, also called the Windy City, means to always have something new to see and do. The city is the third biggest city in the USA and it offers various and different attractions and activities to its tourists. No matter your interests, in Chicago, you'll for sure find something that suits your taste. And if you are visiting to explore the city, there is no better way to do so by joining some of the best tours that will take you around the city and teach you something you might not know about its culture, history, and architecture. Experiences that you'll be able to join in Chicago are not limited to culture, art and history only, From craft beer to amazing and delicious food tours and exciting events, this city has indeed a lot to discover.
Even if we all know how great it can feel to wonder about a new city and trying to find your way around, if you want to learn something new about a city, you should follow a local guide. Here's a collection of some tours that will help you to get to know Chicago almost like a local.
There are so many things you can do in Chicago and choosing what to do and see can get quite hard. This is why, to make things easier for you, we put together a list of some of the best tours of Chicago that you should not miss.
With good weather, what better way to discover a city than cruising on a relaxing boat while learning about some of the most important phases in the history of Chicago, the architecture of the city and the story behind some of the most legendary buildings in the city?
This tour, led by a guide which will be available to answer all of your questions, takes approximately one hour and a half and you will have the chance to get a sense of the city: you will pass by more than 40 important landmarks and some of the most iconic bridges of the city.
Chicago's crime has inspired several books and films. By taking this 90 minutes bus tour, you'll gain some interesting knowledge about the most infamous gangsters that have made the city's history. Al Capone to The Untouchables and John Dillinger, are only some of the gangsters you will learn more about. This tour will bring you to some iconic sites while informing you about the history of some of the most famous crimes in the city. Sitting comfortably in an air-conditioned bus, you'll be able to follow the footsteps of some of the most notorious mobsters of the country.
If you want to have one of the best views of the city, you should get to the Willis Tower. You'll not only get the best panorama of the city of Chicago but also will have the possibility to visit several exhibitions in the building dealing with the cultural roots of the city and its interesting history. If you are not afraid of heights, you can go into "the Ledge", a famous "glass balcony" from which you'll be able to say you had Chicago at your feet. Literally.
After a day full of activities. wouldn't it be great to discover a bit more about the growing and delicious food culture in this multicultural metropolis? The tour will take approximately 3 hours and you'll be led by locals guiding you around the best food you have to try in Chicago. You'll have the chance to sample some local food in 5 different restaurants, meaning that you'll have plenty to eat. Come hungry to this tour, you won't regret it!
If you like to walk around and want to learn about Chicago's modern architecture, you might be interested to join this interesting tour. It is not only an affordable tour but also an experience that will help you to get to know the city a lot better. This two hours tour is led by an expert guide extremely knowledgeable in architecture (all the guides are from the Chicago Architecture Foundation). You will get accurate information about the most iconic skyscrapers of the city, their history, their evolution and learn about architectural styles in general. You'll also visit some buildings from the inside including the Rookery and the Auditorium Building, among many others.
We've mentioned that Chicago has an extensive food culture. If you want to learn even more about Chicago's best food, there is no better way than joining this delicious tour. You will walk around some of the most iconic areas and learn about the cultural influences that make food in Chicago so great. By visiting six different places in the Loop District of Chicago, you'll get a real taste of the city. It will last around 3 hours and bring you around some important architectural landmarks, making it a great way to start your visit to the city of Chicago, especially if you are hungry.
Here was a list of some of the best tours that we advise you not to miss, to make the most out of your visit to Chicago. Especially as a first-time visitor, we think that it is always best to be guided by knowledgeable guides if you wish to not only "see" a city but also to learn about its history and the culture and really "explore" it.
What are you waiting for? Start planning and organizing your trip to this wonderful city, you'll have a lot of fun!