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Walk Chicago Tours

#29 of 164 Tours in Chicago
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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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A highlight of our holiday

One of the best things we did in Chicago. We took a 3 hour guided walk with Jim who's knowledge was superb. We learnt so much and were taken to some great buildings and hidden... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the best things we did in Chicago. We took a 3 hour guided walk with Jim who's knowledge was superb. We learnt so much and were taken to some great buildings and hidden gems. Fantastic. Fully recommend.

Thank keithsarahdavid
Terry S, Owner at Walk Chicago Tours, responded to this review

Most generous of you, arah. We are pleased it was a memorable experience. Jim will be lauded by all of us here. Gratefully....Terry Sullivan...Owner More 

Chicago, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Really enjoyed our tour. Terry was very knowledgeable & interesting. My friend who accompanied me is a wheelchair user and I have a disability myself. The tour was very accessible, no problems at all. We visited the Chicago Cultural Center & Millennium Park. I have lived in the Chicago area most of my life and was able to learn things... More 

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Terry S, Owner at Walk Chicago Tours, responded to this review

The best to all at the Illinois Spina Bifida Association...our most sincere gratitude. Terry Sullivan Owner More 

Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Absolutely fabulous tour! I was looking forward to learning more about the neighborhood that several generations of my family lived in. Terry was able to accommodate my family on short notice, and he is a wealth of knowledge. He took us through the old neighborhood and gave us a deeper cultural and geographical understanding of our roots. I learned things... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Expert friendly guides who have an exceptional knowledge of Chicago. Simply the most informative walking tour that one can do. Even lifelong Chicagoans will learn much about their city that they never knew! No visit to Chicago is complete without a Walk Chicago Tour! J Consolo, London

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

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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Galesburg, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

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 bubbles 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.

Thank Mike D

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