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Walk Chicago Tours

#33 of 171 Tours in Chicago
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Downtown / The Loop
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Address: 78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602-4801
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+1 708-557-5400
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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Pilsen Food and History Tour

Last Saturday Judith gave us a wonderful tour of Pilsen and left us so full we skipped dinner that night! I had arranged this tour for two out of town family members who know... read more

Reviewed April 17, 2017

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Reviewed April 17, 2017

Last Saturday Judith gave us a wonderful tour of Pilsen and left us so full we skipped dinner that night! I had arranged this tour for two out of town family members who know Chicago well but didn't know much about Pilsen. They learned a lot and so did we locals who knew the area or so we thought Judith... More 

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

Our most sincere gratitude for your generous remarks. Judith Dunbar Hines is indeed a true Chicago culinary ambassador and one of the strongest of our attractions. She is indeed a "treasure" to us and to the City of Chicago. More 

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Reviewed April 1, 2017

My sisters, mother and I took a walking tour of Pilsen. Our tour guide Jim was wonderful. He was knowledgable and thoughtful. The tour was easy to book and Terry was very responsive. I would highly recommend these tours.

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Benton, Kentucky
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Reviewed March 27, 2017

We scheduled a Spring Break trip with our son and his girlfriend for mid-March thinking that the weather would be mild, especially since Chicago had no measurable snowfall in January and February. Needless to say Mother Nature did not cooperate. The few days before our tour approximately 6 inches of snow fell. Further, the forecast for our tour was a... More 

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Hartland, Wisconsin
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Reviewed February 28, 2017

We took a tour in the loop with Terry with our kids age 9 & 10, and we all loved it. From my initial phone conversation through the end of our tour Terry bent over backwards to customize a great tour that appealed to all four of us. He is knowledgable and gracious, and his passion for his hometown is... More 

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

We are most grateful for your generous remarks. Both of the children were wonderful listeners. And all of you were the kind of clients that sustain us as guides and motivate us to do our best. Knowing that you love Chicago as we do, keeps us going. You have both done an exemplary job of parenting. Please return....anytime. Terry Sullivan More 

Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed February 10, 2017

We took a historical walking tour of Pilsen with Terry Sullivan. It was a birthday gift for my uncle who is a Chicago historian, but Terry was on his game! We started at the Thalia Theater and wandered all over the neighborhood from street art to historic Chicago architecture. Totally recommended for Chicago nerds / history buffs. Definitely adds another... More 

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Keego Harbor, Michigan
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Reviewed January 17, 2017 via mobile

My husband and I were celebrating our 22nd wedding anniversary last Saturday and decided to set up a tour based on the amazing reviews on Trip Advisor. Our expectations were far exceeded for this experience with James. We started at the Chicago Cultural Center, then explored Millennium Park and the architecture along Michigan Avenue. We ended the tour in Lincoln... More 

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Reviewed November 21, 2016

I'd been to Chicago many times, but always either of that airport to hotel, walk to a steak house, then back to the airport and out variety or, when visiting friends or family, limited to one of the unique neighborhoods in Chicago, like Andersonville. All great, but never had I really gotten the lowdown, historically, architecturally, or anecdotally on the... More 

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Reviewed November 10, 2016

First timer to Chicago and visiting to watch a rugby match. I thought a walking tour would give a good sense of the city and also let us see some behind the scenes Chicago you might not otherwise get to see. Terry didn't disappoint. We had quite an early start and got straight into finding out about the city starting... More 

Thank LarKir
Lloydminster, Canada
1 review
Reviewed October 25, 2016

My husband and I had a very informative walking tour. Our tour lasted 2 hours and we heard many interesting stories of how the downtown core of Chicago evolved and how the businesses have kept the history alive. We were truly captivated with the energy and knowledge Judith showed us. A highly recommended tour! Don't miss it! Thank-you Judith.

Thank psylvia2016
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 13, 2016

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.

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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 

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