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Inside Chicago Walking Tours

1,032 reviews
About Inside Chicago Walking Tours
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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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We really enjoyed our tour with Hillary. She is friendly and her enthusiasm for the history and architecture of Chicago is infectious. It was great to see the lobbies and interiors of some of the earliest skyscrapers, we never would have known where to look...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Jac B
Reviewed 1 week ago

A really interesting way to explore the city. Well paced, guide "Adam" was entertaining, full of fantastic facts, highly recommended!! We only wished we could have done them all!!

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was wonderful getting to be a part of this tour. We were enlightened with the details of the buildings and their architecture in the Loop. This experience left us in awe of the history and details that went into the construction and inspiration behind...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Sonia Q
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We often participate in walking tours. You should put this on your list of things to do when you visit Chicago. Hilary is a great guide. The tour is informative and insightful. A most enjoyable 2 hours discovering the jewels and vaults of the city....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank BarkerSJ
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Today we participated in a small walking tour of Chicago and saw a side of the city we never expected to see. Our guide Hilary was both enthusiastic and well informed opening a door to the jewels of the city and indeed the vaults. We...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank stephenbW5580KE
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hillary took us through interiors of several lobbies that we would never have seen or known about. She is a delightful guide that, as far as I can tell, knows everything there is to know about these buildings. My favorite was the Board of Trade...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Brooks G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very nice walking tour, interesting spots you otherwise would not have found. Very nice guide. Small diverse groups make it personal. An architectural tour is a must for Chicago. Easy and fast online booking.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Pfendt
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hillary is a great tour guide and this is an excellent tour. She is engaging, knowledgeable, and made the tour interesting and fun. It's definitely different from the usual tours. We saw several "secret" things and hidden treasures that I never knew existed, despite them...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Michelle M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This tour is mostly inside various interesting buildings, with a short amount of walking in between each other. It's a rather good tour for a rainy day, as most of the time you'll be out of the rain. Some really fantastic architecture and history here.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Daniel K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Another fantastic walking tour with this small. wonderful company. Our guide was Adam and he was enthusiastic, personable and knowledgeable.

Date of experience: December 2018
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seeversa
June 23, 2018|
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Response from Hillary M | Property representative |
Hello! I actually just had a woman on my tour yesterday who had a baby strapped to her back the whole time, and it was not a problem. Every once in a while I'll get a guest using a stroller, which is not a problem (though... More
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Response from jbutlerriskmanag2018 | Reviewed this property |
If it will fit in with her/his eating schedule and you have her/him in a carrier. I don’t think you’d enjoy pushing a stroller around on this. There are some stairs involved.
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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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