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Walk Chicago Tours

78 E. Washington St.,, Chicago, IL
708-557-5400
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Ranked #13 of 209 Activities in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Judith was our Walk Chicago tour guide and she had a wealth of knowledge to share. My sister-in-law and I enjoyed her stories about present day Chicago and the history of Chicago. We couldn't have asked for a better guide to the city. It was hard to believe that 2.5 hours had gone by. Our tour was informative and so... More

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Columbia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

My family (two adults and two teenagers) asked for customized tour: mixture of architecture, Tiffany glass, Millennium park. No matter how much you try to choose the best tour during your precious vacation, it all depends on the tour guide :) Oh, my! We got it all! Judith is not just very knowledgeable tour guide, but also very talented story-teller,... More

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Montreal/Quebec
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Thanks to Mimi, we were able to have a fun tour of OLD TOWN, she has lots of information about the area, points out the different architecture of the houses, took us around the hidden corners, without her information we would have missed. We had the priviledge to enter the Japanese Buddhism temple...the tour lasted 2.5 hrs never looked at... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Joe was our Walk Chicago guide sharing his knowledge and love of Chicago with us. Joe's enthusiasm brought Chicago's history alive and we saw the different phases of architecture, as well as decorative bronze insets, Tiffany decorative glass inset is walls, domes and chandeliers. What treasures are inside of buildings that we would have missed had we not taken this... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

C is for the City that is explained by the passionate tour guide Terry Sullivan who was himself a product of Irish City beat cops. H is for the History that comes to life your before your eyes as you trace the haves of the Gold Coast and the have nots or working class of Old Town. I is for... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Terry from Walk Chicago was our guide for two tours -- the Gold Coast and Little Italy. He is a passionate Chicagoan who loves to introduce visitors to the architecture and history of the Windy City. He was delighted to show us some out of the way places and provide us with personal insights into local politics and some colourful... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I always try to do a walking tour in every city I visit as this is generally the best way to see a city, hear its stories and get past the obvious tourist highlights. Mimi Duginger with Walk Chicago Tours proved this principle again - she was excellent as she took us through Old Town, pointing out the hidden corners,... More

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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

The other reviews have already said it. After talking to Terry and arranging the tour we knew it was going to be good, but it was even better than anticipated. Even without the tour we loved Chicago, but Mimi made it come alive and opened our eyes to all kinds of special hideaways, special artwork tucked here and there, glorious... More

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Cupertino, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014 via mobile

WSJ had a review of Terry Sullivan, his company, his guides and their goals. Contact was easy, reservations and suggestions given to fit our ideas by Terry. What an easy process, guides are experts, in the Loop...Tiffany,Chagall,Picasso, many stories told by Alan...then to Old Town with Mimi...she has the knowledge,knows the people and is a master of info. THX for... More

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