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Walk Chicago Tours

#32 of 164 Tours in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Downtown / The Loop
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Address: 78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602-4801
Phone Number: 708-557-5400
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 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 was a great tour. In our group of 6 we had 2 Chicago natives, 2 that had never been to Chicago before and 2 that had visited once or twice. We all learned something while... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was a great tour. In our group of 6 we had 2 Chicago natives, 2 that had never been to Chicago before and 2 that had visited once or twice. We all learned something while enjoying a beautiful afternoon. Terry, our guide (and owner) was knowledgeable, friendly and had a great sense of humor. His communications when setting up... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We were in Chicago with 30 of us and Terry gave us an awesome walking tour of the loop area. We went into the pedway system, saw awesome architecture, and toured the magnificent Chicago Cultural Center. Would highly recommend Terry and his team

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Coordinating the private tour couldn't have been easier with Walk Chicago Tours quick email response. We confirmed a few weeks in advance since we wanted a Sunday afternoon tour. Our guide, Judith, met us with a smile on her face and she appeared ready to go. She shared fascinating stories of Pilsen history, stories that made us want to run... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Sometimes you do something that you will never, ever forget. That is exactly what happened to us when we were fortunate enough to take a tour with Terry Sullivan of Walk Chicago Tours. Our tour focused on the architecture of downtown Chicago both exterior and interior. Terry's knowledge of the history of Chicago,not only its beautiful buildings but its people,... More 

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Arlington Heights, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We live in the northwest suburbs of Chicago but wanted to learn more about the Pilsen area so we arranged a walking tour through Walk Chicago Tours. Terry was our tour guide and did a great job. It was a very interesting and informative tour and we felt like we now better understand the Pilsen area, both the history and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2016 via mobile

Alex was excellent and very knowledgeable, we enjoyed the tour a great deal and would certainly do another next time.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

Just got done with a walking tour of the Loop and our guide Jim was absolutely amazing! He is incredibly knowledgeable of the buildings and art, not to mention very friendly! I highly recommend this company, you will not be disappointed!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

In early July my college-aged son and I took a walking tour of the Pilsen neighborhood on the southwest side of Chicago, organized by Walk Chicago Tours. I was extremely impressed with this company. Prior to my visit to Chicago I had several emails with Walk Chicago Tours concerning the cost, description of the tour, and reservation process. WCT was... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

Had a great time with mimi. she was knowledgeable and flexible on the tour agenda to meet our groups needs. would definitely (and will) be a repeat customer.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016

I have lived in the Chicago area my entire life and was looking for a new experience for me and my children who had been "downtown" several times. I wanted them to get the feel of Chicago neighborhoods and being Italian ourselves, I was happy to find Walk Chicago Tours does a tour of Little Italy. Terry Sullivan was full... 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.