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Chicago Detours

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Address: 30 E. Adams St., #425, Chicago, IL 60603
Phone Number: +1 312-350-1131
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Description: Guided tours of architecture, history and culture that bring people to...
Guided tours of architecture, history and culture that bring people to explore stories and places locals don't even know. Tours include Good Times Historic Bar Tour, Inside the Loop Architectural Tour, and Jazz, Blues & Beyond Bus Tour. Guests get to share iPads with media while professional tour guides share forgotten stories from the past and create a fun, interactive dynamic.
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Great Way to Start Your Adventure

Great outing for those just getting to the city in the afternoon - we learned a lot as we got to relax with a few drinks. The tour is extremely well organized and full of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Great outing for those just getting to the city in the afternoon - we learned a lot as we got to relax with a few drinks. The tour is extremely well organized and full of historical, little-known facts - Elizabeth was incredibly passionate about the city and information being shared. The stops for drinks/appies were also great and well timed.... More 

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MISHAWAKA, IN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We really enjoyed our Interior Architectural and Pedway Tour with Vicki. She was a great guide, knew her stuff! She kept us moving, but allowed time for iPad videos as well as questions. We lived in Chicago for many years and walked past some of the buildings without knowing much about them. We now see them with greater appreciation. Would... More 

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Kuernach, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

The Walking Tour through Downtown Chicago to see the Architecture and Pedway is really interesting! It's not just a tour where the guide tells you all boring information about the buildings, they demonstrate the facts and give you another view about modern and old architecture! The size of the group is perfect to hear the guide and to walk through... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015 via mobile

Normally I'm not that in architecture, but it was different at the detours tour! Elizabeth presented tons of interesting facts about people, history and buildings with here kind nature. It was very interesting listen to hear and be an active part of the tour. Due to the ipads there is the possibility to watch a few videos and see pictures... More 

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

My husband and I did the architecture tour of Chicago with Vicky. She was very interesting, knowledgeable and funny. There is so much that you miss in downtown Chicago if you just walk around the streets and don't enter into the fabulous buildings. Learning about the Pedway was a plus also, I intend to take my map and explore it... More 

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Monticello, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Great outing for parents to do with their adult children. The tour is extremely well organized and full of historical, little-known facts. The stops for drinks/munchies are perfectly timed. Our guide (Elizabeth) was super knowledgeable and quite funny! Well worth the price of the tickets!

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Ithaca, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Chicago Detours is a true gem! Bringing together stunning design with carefully researched material, the fun and interactive tours of Chicago Detours delive rare knowledge and a deep history of this fascinating town. The friendly and smart tour script is paired wonderfully with an engaging iPad media component, which offers an in-depth yet playful perspective on the transformations the city... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

A trio of us came to Chicago for the weekend to spend time together and have fune. The Historic Bar Tour was perfect! We visited a few places we'd probably not have seen on our own, enjoyed beverages, met other interesting people and learned some interesting Chicago History. Our guide, Elizabeth was fantastic. She was entertaining, knowlegable and clearly loves... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We took the Interior Architectural Tour with Vickie on a recent trip to Chicago. The tour was very good. It started off at the Chase Building, as it started - we were totally sure how it was going to go, easily blamed on a not very animated group. It took off quickly and was very fun, interesting and informational. The... More 

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sheboygan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

We did the Detours "Inside the Loop" interior architecture tour of which over 90% is inside. Even the locals in our group learned a lot from our guide Elizabeth. The tour was well-researched and presented and the iPads full of videos and photos added a lot to our understanding of the history and culture surrounding the buildings that stand today.... More 

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Staying in Downtown / The Loop

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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.