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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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Description: 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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This tour was very informational, interesting, and memorable. It was very interesting to understand what the definition of a mural is and how the images are meant to be... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 13, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

This tour was very informational, interesting, and memorable. It was very interesting to understand what the definition of a mural is and how the images are meant to be interpreted by the artists. The tour guides gave meaning and significance to the history of the Pilsen neighborhood in the past, present, and future. I believe when my students go on... More 

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Elk Grove Village, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Had a wonderful experience with Terry, our tour guide. He was very knowledgeable, interesting, and enthusiastic about the Chicago experience. We were met at Union Station and walked the downtown area while getting an informed overview of architecture, politics, and community. There were 6 of us in our group, including my 12 and 14 year old grandchildren, and our guide... More 

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Freehold, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

My husband & I were in Chicago for Memorial Day weekend. We did a tour of Millennium Park & the surrounding neighborhood. Judith was our tour guide. She was very knowledgeable & a lot of fun. We have learned so much from doing these tours that it makes us keep coming back. We have done a tour with Terry before.... More 

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Lombard, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Cannot say enough on how wonderful our Chicago tour was with Terry Sullivan! I have lived in the Chicago area my entire life but learn soooo much more when you take this tour. Can't wait to share with my family over the holidays. Thank you Walk Chicago Tours can't wait for our next tour.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We had a delightful tour led by Judith Dunbar-Hines. It was entertaining and informative. Since there were just two of us on our tour, Judith geared her presentation to our interests. I've visited Chicago many times, and have never seen Chicago like I did yesterday. The next time I'm in Chicago, I will definitely book another trip with Walk Chicago... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

We had a fantastic tour of Chicago , with Terry as our tour guide. He is clearly passionate about his city, and loves to show it to its visitors. With fascinating stories and amusing anecdotes ,he made the city " come alive" to our small group. Now we love it too! . At lunch afterwards , at a wonderful restaurant... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Terry Sullivan is the best. He helped us plan our trip, choose our restaurants and chose Mimi to lead our tour. It was fantastic. Go no further----- this is the site you want. All of fantastic Chicago is available to you through walk Chicago!!!! Do it. And Mimi rocks

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Glendale Heights, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

I use Walk Chicago Tours for my high school students every year for a walking tour of the Pilsen (Mexican) neighborhood. There is NO other tour like it! Most tours my colleagues have used in the past only have 1 guide, and it's really hard for 45 students to hear everything and stay focused. Walk Chicago Tours has about 1... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

We had a fantastic experience with Mimi, our guide walking us through Chicago, showing us Tiffany gems, Chagall mosaics, Millennium Park sculptures. What a treat. She was so knowledgeable, so full of stories and we felt like we were walking with a long time friend. This is a tour not to miss. If you want to get a true feel... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We highly recommend to take a tour with Walk Chicago. The guide Mike was excellent, he first provided us with some background information on the history of the city and then took us on a tour which was tailored to our interests. This tour made our visit to Chicago complete. Try it yourself and you won't be disappointed.

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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.