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Inside Chicago Walking Tours

109 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603-6110
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Walking tours that delight visitors with the "second side of the Second City," with gorgeous, fascinating, and often hidden details behind many doors. Get to know Chicago through its real-life stories: the explorers, settlers, architects, business people, laborers, immigrants, and revolutionaries who developed the area from its beginnings as a marshy outpost to the beating heart of America that it is today. Walk your walk through modern architectural history, all the way to plans for the future look of Chicago! Inside Chicago Walking Tours is a young walking tour company founded by Hillary Marzec, an experienced tour guide and product development director for a major sightseeing company in Chicago. Given the freedom to research and construct her own tours, she used her years of experience as a teacher, writer, improv comedian, and tour guide to create tours that tell the story of Chicago in an engaging, educational, and always entertaining way. We know that the best way to get information to "stick" with people -- and to be interesting to people -- is to convey it like a story, with a logical beginning, middle, and end. Most architecture tours of Chicago -- boats, walks, segways, etc. --present you the city like an overwhelming laundry list of information that you'll likely forget. For us, there is a reason we are exploring a certain area, or following a certain path: the architecture that we explore is like the vocabulary of the larger story we are telling. What makes us different? It's our ability to find the hidden and fascinating details of buildings and areas that people pass through or pass by every day. It's our passion for showing visitors, whether they be out-of-towners or Chicagoans, a side of Chicago that they haven't noticed before. We love to focus on the stunning interiors of buildings throughout downtown Chicago - including many of the buildings along the river - and we even provide you with an "insider's scoop" on lots of the exterior architectural elements that most guides won't show you. Your guide, Hillary, will delight you with a side of Chicago you've never seen. Take it from a past tour participant: "Imagine your favorite teacher when you were growing up - engaging, charismatic, and really made you love learning. That's Hillary. Don't miss her tours!"
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109 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603-6110
Downtown / The Loop
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Adam, our tour guide was very knowledgeable and clearly passionate about his hometown of Chicago. Joked that he was our "rent-a-local" for the day. Was fun to go into a few buildings that most tourists don't usually go.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

As we were spending just 2days in Chicago we booked this tour online so we could do it as soon as we arrived. It was a great introduction to Chicago and Adam was a brilliant guide -very knowledgeable and great fun. We would highly recommend...More

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Hillary our guide and owner of Inside Chicago walking tours gave us a wonderful tour through the city. She is fluent in 4 or 5 languages if I recall. She was extremely knowledgeable and was even able to surprise some locals who belonged to the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We are visiting Chicago for a few days as we are often here, with a child in college on the south side. Today We did a walking tour with Adam of Inside Chicago Walking Tours. A 2 1/4 hr tour of the upper loop and...More

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Excellent tour! Hillary was a very knowledgeable and fun tour guide. We got a behind-the-scenes look at some of Chicago’s most beautiful buildings, and a great run down of the history of the city and its architecture. We saw some things we would never even...More

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When researching what we wanted to do during our three day trip to Chicago this was the most highly rated walking tour. This is a do not miss tour. While some of the building were briefly mentioned in passing on the boat tour, actually going...More

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We loved our tour guide so much! She was so knowledgeable about Chicago architecture and history. She did a great job of combining interesting information with humor. We were engaged and entertained the entire time and left feeling like we had learned a lot. Cannot...More

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enpeeg33
March 13, 2018|
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Response from Donna W | Reviewed this property |
I found the tour on Groupon. There is a fee, $20.00 for seniors. Check out their website at insidechicagowalkingtours
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C1264GVsandrah
October 8, 2017|
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Response from Harriet11C | Reviewed this property |
Hello! Walking tours are always available but please inquire about it one day prior if possible to ensure you don't get disappointed.
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molly883
April 12, 2017|
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Response from Hillary M | Property representative |
Hi! You can sign up for any tours that will be running when you're here via our website, or by calling our Call Center. Please see our website's Tour Calendar.
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