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Walk Chicago Tours

78 E. Washington St.,, Chicago, IL
708-557-5400
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Ranked #10 of 194 activities in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Tours
Owner description: Walk Chicago Tours is a privately owned walking tour service known for its personal amenities, experience and reasonable rates. Its concierge-like... more » Owner description: 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. . « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

After reading the good reviews for Walk Chicago Tours online, I contacted the company via e-mail to schedule a walking tour as I had family coming to Chicago from out of town. I was personally called back by Terry who politely provided all of the information about possible walking tours for our given date. We were picked up right at... More

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Brantford, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

After reading the rave reviews on Tripadvisor, I contacted Terry, the owner of Walk Chicago Tours, about booking 2 half-day tours for our group of 3 adults and 5 teens. As a result, I now am returning to add my own rave review! From our first phone conversation,Terry was incredibly responsive and keen to create two personalized tours based on... More

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jbs06
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

I brought Mexican graduate students on a tour of Pilsen with James. He was very enthusiastic and genuine in his knowledge and passion of the neighborhood. Although we had gloomy weather, James was so positive and insightful that we hardly noticed. His vast knowledge of the public murals included a wide range of important Mexicans that impressed and excited the... More

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Sidney, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

Walk Chicago Tours was recommended by friends who walked with Terry. He called me back and gave us valuable advice regarding the route and timing of our walk, as we had a tight timeline in Chicago. He dispatched James to our hotel, who arrived promptly, and proceeded to entertain and inform us. He related well to our 12 year old... More

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Starkville, Mississippi, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

The tour was engaging and delightful. No details were missed and every story built anticipation and excitement.I was proud to be standing in the same places as some of America's most iconic (or notorious) people. I would recommend this tour to anyone interested in design or architecture.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

Our afternoon walking tour of the Pilsen neighborhood with Terry Sullivan and Mimi was wonderful. Our conference theme was "Urban Gateways: Immigration and the Global City," and the walking tour was the perfect capstone to our 3-day conference. Our guests, who were professors from Liberal Arts graduate programs throughout the US and Canada, were very impressed with Terry Sullivan and... More

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

We were in Chicago in late September with two couples, one of which had never been to Chicago. We wanted a tour not on a boat and that gave us an upclose view of the city, its beautiful buildings and architecture and, of course, some history and art. Terry set everything up for us with one simple phone call and... More

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Smithtown, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

My wife and I had just went to Chicago for a long weekend trip. Never having been before, we booked a trip thru Terry with our tour guide, James. James gave us an amazing journey through the history, architecture and sights of Chicago. He was knowledgeable, bright and personable. We saw and learned so many things about the uniqueness of... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

A friend and I joined Joe for a walking tour of public art in the Loop. Joe's expertise and obvious love of the city absolutely made my trip. I learned so much about the art, architecture, and history of Chicago, and saw things i never would have noticed or appreciated on my own. And we went at a pace that... More

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Reading, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

This was my first trip to Chicago and a friend arranged for myself and three others to have a walking tour of the city with Walk Chicago Tours. Terry, our tour guide, was fabulous. He pointed out architecture and art of Chicago I would never have seen otherwise. His knowledge of the city is unbelievable. I highly recommend this tour.... More

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