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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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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Walk Chicago Tours is a privately owned walking tour service known for...

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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An Interesting Look at Chicago

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 16, 2015
Columbia, South Carolina

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Wilmette, Illinois
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8 reviews
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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 

Thank Spenser58
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 

Thank Sandra56
Chicago, IL
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11 reviews
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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!

Thank Travel_is_my_life_66
Toronto, Canada
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

We couldn't find a walking tour we haven't done for the week-end we were in Chicago; we happened upon this company while browsing the internet. Terry is hugely devoted to your having a great experience, and was even able to slightly alter the time of our tour so we would miss the rain. Worth every penny.

Thank Mustique_12
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

Fascinating tour led by Judith Hines, a very knowledgeable tour guide. She entertained us with historical facts, interesting stories and details of The Great Chicago Fire, architecture, the advent of department stores and Chicago parks.

Thank Alice K
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

This was a last minute booking. Terry went out of his way to accommodate us on Labour Day weekend. He organized a downtown Chicago tour with Allen. We started at the Chicago Cultural Centre and began our tour in Millenium Park. We've been to Chicago several times before and doing a guided tour is the best way to experience the... More 

Thank Walkers39
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

I went on a wonderful downtown Chicago tour with James. OMG he is the best! I grew up in Chicago and he showed me places and told me about history that I never knew about. There are so many hidden gems that he shows you. He was very enthusiastic, and you could tell that it was genuine and that he... More 

Thank Costaricky
Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

My husband and I did two fabulous tours with Walk Chicago Tours. We moved to Chicago a couple of years ago and were looking for a fun and interesting way to learn more about our wonderful city. Walk Chicago Tours is great! We took two separate tours on two different days - one of Pilsen (with James) and one of... More 

Thank 290anne433
Lake Forest, Illinois
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Wonderful day in Chinatown! James was fabulous - very knowledgeable, very personable, full of energy and enthusiasm. We learned a lot and had a great time doing it. I can't recommend him enough. Thanks, James! PS every Walk Chicago Tour we have been on has been wonderful. This was our 4th tour and we hope to do a 5th very... More 

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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.