Downtown Chicago

If you've stumbled across this blog, you're probably looking for a uniquely Chicago experience - it's not called Chicago Like a Local for nothing. Enter SideTour, a company that offers guided excursions of wonderfully particular Chicago niches. If you're looking to tap into that Chi-Town way of life while, simultaneously, meeting passionate locals, SideTour will introduce you to YOUR Chicago.

The charm of SideTour is that the jaunts are so specific that you'll probably accuse your guide of hacking your iPhone. For example, let's say that you're a structural engineer that's interested in how Chicago's trunnion bascule bridges work. An architectural tour will touch on them, a local might know a thing or two, but you're not going to totally satisfy your drawbridge fix - until now.

Led by a civic engineer, SideTour offers a guided discourse of Chicago's bridges. Your guide is ready to fire truth arrows into your brain until all of your questions about counterweights and rolling lifts have been answered. Bam, a uniquely Chicago experience that you can only get with SideTour.

Other upcoming experiences include:

And that's just a small sample. In fact, SideTour offers more than 35 unique experiences ranging from an exploration of mansions in the Gold Coast to tasting the cuisine of Little India. So what are you waiting for? You're not going to learn about the famous murals of Pilsen just sitting there.

For a complete list of available tours, click here.

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