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TOUR SPOTLIGHT: CHICAGO MUSIC TOUR

See why Chicago rocks.

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It’s a fact: Chicago rocks. Whether your groups are into alternative icons like the Smashing Pumpkins or soul legends like Sam Cooke, they’ll hear fascinating stories about music stars and local favorites on one of four fun — and very different — music tours from Chicago Music Tour.


CHICAGO ROCKS: 1980–2005

Group cost: $40/person (4 or more people)
Tour length: 4 hours
Begin and end: Kerryman's Pub

Send groups on a mini pub crawl as they learn about Chicago's alternative rock history and the music clubs, bars, record labels and recording studios that are vital to the story.


CHICAGO-BOUND BLUES TOUR

Group cost: $35/person (4 or more people)
Tour length: 2.5 hours
Begin and end: Buddy Guy's Legends

Tour guide and retired booker for the Chicago Blues Festival for 27 years, Barry Dolins leads groups through surviving landmarks and tells the tale of how the blues brought together blacks and whites, defined African-American culture on the South Side and changed pop music forever.


RAISED IN CHICAGO JAZZ TOUR

Group cost: $30/person (4 or more people)
Tour length: 2 hours
Begins: Across the street from the legendary Jazz Showcase
Ends: Green Mill Cocktail Lounge or Jazz Showcase

Here, groups discover how Chicago became the major center of jazz during the music's most vital period, visiting the famous — and infamous — homes, clubs and dances halls of Chicago jazz from the early to mid-20th century.


MICHIGAN AVENUE SERENADE SOUL

Group cost: $30/person (4 or more people)
Tour length: 2 hours
Begin and end: Bus stop at 401 N. Michigan Ave.

Chicago soul music wrote several chapters in the histories of soul, rhythm and blues, doo-wop and pop. This tour features the clubs, studios, labels where the magic happened.


To book, contact Phil Rockrohr at chicagomusictour@gmail.com.

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