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Walk Chicago Tours

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Address: 78 E. Washington St.,, Chicago, IL
Phone Number: 708-557-5400
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Walk Chicago Tours is a privately owned walking tour service known for its...

Walk Chicago Tours is a privately owned walking tour service known for its personal amenities, experience and reasonable rates. Its concierge-like treatment of all of its guests, and the ability of its experienced guides to engage visitors through skillful story-telling have set standards in Chicago. It offers a "no-gimmicks" product delivered in an engaging and professional style. Personal treatment for guests begins at the outset of their day. If you are staying at a Loop area hotel, your guide greets you in the lobby to begin your tour experience. If you are a disabled tourist or have special needs to be addressed, Walk Chicago Tours devises a completely accessible itinerary at no extra cost. There is also no combining of groups or joining groups with strangers. Each tour reservation is a private promise...only your group with your own private guide(see FAQ page of their website). Guides at Walk Chicago Tours have been carefully chosen based upon their natural ability to engage visitors and to narrate historical facts,culture and urban lore. The company motto, "A Story on Every Corner", is typical of the ownership's insistence that Chicago's history,its neighborhoods,its culture and urban lore be delivered to visitors in an entertaining and informative manner that appeals to a wide array of groups. In fact,several of the guides are former teachers with years of experience at engaging listeners. The result has been the reputation that Walk Chicago Tours is Chicago's most competent story telling ambassador. No service is more zealous about wanting you to leave Chicago loving Chicago as much as they do. And, they attempt to do this at a price that fits the budget of every visitor. Large groups are accomodated by the use of multiple guides. See their website and visit their FAQ page for answers to most of your questions. Email or call and they will respond immediately. .

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our family of 5, 2 adults and 3 young adult children did 2 tours with this company. they were both excellent. The first was a tour of "the loop" with Jim a retired teacher. He did... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Adelaide, Australia

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Adelaide, Australia
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75 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

our family of 5, 2 adults and 3 young adult children did 2 tours with this company. they were both excellent. The first was a tour of "the loop" with Jim a retired teacher. He did a great job in trying conditions, it was -15C on the day. He gave an overview of the architectural history of the city and... More 

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West Lafayette, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

When visiting Chicago don't miss this gem of an opportunity to take a walking tour with Walk Chicago Tours. This is by far one of the most informative and entertaining tours of Chicago that I have been on in the past 15 years. This time we visited with a family group of 4 adults and 5 children and each of... More 

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

Our Tiffany glass tour was excellent! We not only saw the magnificent glass mosaics in the historic buildings in the loop but discovered the pedway system, and learned so much about the architecture and making of Chicago as well as the art in Millenium Park. We certainly could have taken more than two hours to see it all. Walking shoes... More 

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Normal, Illinois
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015 via mobile

Wonderful tour with Allen. The Tiffani mosaics are treasures. We now see all the buildings and skyscrapers in a different way. Can't wait to come back to Millennium Park in the summer. The art on the streets is amazing. Such a beautiful city!! Thank you for opening our eyes!!

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

Our Asian food tour with Judith Dunbar Hines was marvelous! We learned the history of the Argyle Street area, sampled food at several restaurants, and shopped at an Asian market. Judith patiently answered our endless questions. She is very knowledgable and took detours off her "script" based on our interests and questions. This is the second tour we've had with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015 via mobile

Awesome tour. Absolutely beautiful views of the Tiffany domes in the municipal library. Super sad it had to end. The tour guide Terry was full of knowledge and really funny.

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Wilmette, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

We had a great tour of the Pilsen neighborhood with Walk Chicago Tours. Mimi, a former teacher, was our tour guide. She did a great job sharing the history of this neighborhood which has evolved over the years from the hub of one ethnicity to another. She also gave us a wonderful overview of the many beautiful murals that tell... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

Judith provided us with an insider's look at Chicago. She provided a great deal of information in an interesting manner that combined history and personal knowledge. Our tour lasted around two hours and covered much the downtown area and Millennium Park. Part of the appeal of this tour was that Judith took us into several buildings so we could see... More 

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Claremont, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Anyone can walk along a street, see things, and think "How pretty, how interesting, etc." But without knowledge, we don't know what we are looking at. Walk Chicago Tours changes all of that. This walking tour company is a made-to-order experience whereby bright, energetic, fun Chicagoans from many walks of life share their love and knowledge about their beloved city--its... More 

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Chicago, IL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

As a born and bred Chicagoan, it is wonderful to learn new things and see architecture through more expert eyes. I thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Terry as our guide. I would do this tour again and I am sure learn more new history!

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Downtown / The Loop
Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a good starting point to sample the city's energy and flavor. This central business district boasts Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. A stunning skyline coupled with cultural attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago present a Downtown where work and play peacefully coexist.