Chicago has sightseeing tours galore, but these tours offer a different twist to the typical introduction to Chicago.
Look further into the architecture, history and culture of the city with Chicago Detours, which uncovers secret tidbits and reveals places even the locals don't know exist. Tours feature interactive, visual elements to enhance the experience, including photos and videos on iPads (for walking tours) or screens (for bus tours). Focus on Chicago's most unique spaces and concepts, with outings like their Interior Architectural Tour that includes the underground Pedway system, the Jazz, Blues & Beyond Tour which includes a harmonica lesson with a live blues musician, and the Historic Bar Tour of eating, drinking and exploring Chicago's entertainment history.
For the budding photographer in you, go on a Chicago Photo Safari. You'll tour top Chicago attractions with a skilled professional photographer who offers tips on composition, lighting, and exposure to make sure you capture terrific images of city sites. Consider making this one of your first activities so you can practice your skills for the rest of your trip.
Step behind the scenes on a Marquee Tour of The Chicago Theatre, where you will discover the glorious French-Baroque architecture of this majestic venue and stand on the famous stage, plus uncover renowned performers' autographs and colorful murals on dressing room walls. Broadway In Chicago also offers tours of some of its theaters on Saturdays, so you can take a tour and then see a show later that night.
Did you know that you can tour Wrigley Field? Well, you do now. Stroll through the legendary ballpark that's home to the Chicago Cubs. Tours may include visits to the clubhouses, press box, and/or dugouts, and possibly even a step out onto the field. On game days or days of special events, some access may be restricted, so it's best to ask when purchasing tickets.
Please note: Some of the above tours are available seasonally and are weather dependent. Please check with each tour company for availability.