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Walk Chicago Tours

#32 of 158 Tours in Chicago
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Downtown / The Loop
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Address: 78 E. Washington St.,, Chicago, IL
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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Walking Architecture / Art Tour

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Chicago, Illinois

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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St. Louis Park
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank mbsonline
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Saint Joseph, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I imagine I could take this tour every day for a month and still learn new things about Chicago. My first instinct is to say our tour guide, Judith Dunbar Hines was a walking encyclopedia. But that would be cutting her short. She breathed life into the stories she told and the knowledge she shared. Judith has a passion for... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

We had an excellent walking tour of public art from Millennium Park to State Street from Walk Chicago Tours. Our guide was well-organized, knowledgable, enthusiastic and gave us an excellent history of the city as well as its public art. This was one of the high points of our stay in Chicago!

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Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

I had never spent any time in Chicago and have been meaning to, so in late April I scheduled a visit for a few days of sightseeing. I enjoy walking so a walking tour was in order. A few months back there was an article in the Wall Street Journal about Terry Sullivan, a retired school teacher who started Walk... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016

Two ladies from Norway visiting Chicago for the first time. We visited early in the season – mid-April - but even with just two customers to tend to at our desired dates, Terry organized walking tours for us: Pilsen Neighborhood/Eating Tour and Architecture walking tour. Our guides were well informed and knowledgeable. We were also pleased that they had ample... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016 via mobile

I highly recommend WCT. Our guide Alan Schwartz was most knowledgeable and did a wonderful job of showing the treasures of Chicago. The tour was a great blend of achitecture, art and history. We had a great time.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016 via mobile

Five friends who got together for a weekend in Chicago thoroughly enjoyed an extended walking tour of Chicago's amazing architecture. Despite the very chilly, damp weather, our guide Terry was well versed in Chicago's rich history and shared lots of inside information and stories. We loved the personalized nature of this company's tours and recommend it for any visitors and... 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.