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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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Outstanding tour with James!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

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 

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Chicago, Illinois
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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 

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Lake Forest, Illinois
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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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Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

So glad I booked this tour for myself, my mom, and eleven year old son. Joe took us through this amazing city and made us fall in love with it. In such an enjoyable, interesting, and relaxed manner Joe educated us on Chicago's history, art, insights, and we even enjoyed a Chicago style hot dog. Thank you Joe and Terry... More 

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Hoffman Estates, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

I brought a group of 72 high school age students for a two hour tour of Little Italy in Chicago. We broke up into four smaller groups, and we were given guided tours of the area churches, buildings, and parks. The tours guides were excellent and kept the students (and myself) interested throughout. If you're looking for an educational Chicago-based... More 

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Marlboro, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

My husband and I just came back from a weekend in Chicago and had the most enjoyable, educational walking tour of a few Landmark buildings with Judith Dunbar-Hines. She was so informative and knowledgeable sharing stories of times long ago. Terry Sullivan went out of his way to make the tour happen when some complications arose. thank you for making... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

My wife and I took the guided walking tour with our guide Judith Dunbar-Hines. Judith was a first rate guide with extensive knowledge of the history and sites of Chicago. Judith worked for the City of Chicago for many years and also had some fun stories about the City's politics. She was extremely generous with her time. We only ended... More 

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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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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.