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“Northwest Side Neighborhood Bar Crawl - Another great company outing with Chicago Detours”
Review of Chicago Detours

Chicago Detours
Ranked #2 of 582 Nightlife in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This is not your grandma's architecture tour! Our award-winning guided tours of Chicago’s architecture, history, and culture bring curious people to explore stories and places locals don't even know. With Chicago Detours, you'll explore downtown and our diverse neighborhoods to experience the city’s interior architecture, the underground Pedway, jazz and blues, and historic bars. Founded by a former Rick Steves tour guide, Chicago Detours has designed tours that are fun, educational experiences. Our tour guides are are not just volunteer docents, they’re highly trained and educated professionals who know how to spark discussions and create a lively group dynamic. Rated five stars on both Yelp and TripAdvisor, Chicago Detours is one of the top-rated tour companies in the city. We offer regularly scheduled tours for the public, and private group tours for corporate team-building, student field trips, and convention groups. The public walking tours stay mostly indoors, making them great activities for any time of year. Options include the "Loop Interior Architecture Walking Tour," which explores beautiful building interiors and the underground Pedway System, and the "Historic Chicago Walking Bar Tour," which digs into Chicago's entertainment history of social clubs, jazz music, prohibition, and theater. Other public tours include the "Best Architecture Walking Tour Since Sliced Bread," "1893 World's Fair Walking Tour with Bars," and "Pilsen Spaces and Changes Walking Tour with Food." Private group tours include the outings mentioned above, as well as tours by a luxury coach equipped with screens for presentation of historic images and videos. Many of our private group tour options can operate in the evening, and can include food and drink. Our historic bar tours, both by foot and by bus, are the most popular with private groups. Your group will eat, drink and learn about how Chicago has had fun over its history. The "Big Shoulders Historic Bar and Food Bus Tour" visits Bridgeport, Chicago's oldest neighborhood outside downtown, which was home to workers for the nearby Union Stock Yards. Another popular tour is our "Jazz, Blues & Beyond by Bus." This tour explores Chicago neighborhoods north to south for a fun, up-close connection with the cultural history of Chicago's music. This memorable experience reaches its conclusion when a blues musician comes on board for a performance and harmonica lesson. Other private tours include "Chicago Neighborhoods and Cultural Diversity by Bus" and "Old Polonia and Wicker Park Tour with Food." Step-on guide services are also available for private group tours. Tours include lively guide commentary, an interactive group dynamic, and extras like media presentation and special gifts. Rather than a standard lecture format, these tours actively involve guests in a memorable experience that inspires new perspectives of the city's architecture and history. We annually receive TripAdvisor's "Certificate of Excellence," and maintain five stars on Yelp as well. Our tours have been featured in Frommer's, Lonely Planet, ABC 7, WGN, WBEZ, "Chicago Magazine," the Chicago Tribune, and the Guardian.
Reviewed December 6, 2018

This is our fourth time using Chicago Detours for company outings. And their new Northwest Side Neighborhood Bar Crawl was a great way to explore some hidden gems. With so many neighborhoods changing -- there is still so much history to learn.

Of course, there was a dose of team building and competition along the way to some beers -- and some great pizza at Marie's Pizza & Liquors.

If your company or team is looking for something to do together outside of the office -- I highly recommend Chicago Detours.

Date of experience: November 2018
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AmandaDetoursOwner, Manager at Chicago Detours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for joining us for a private tour of Chicago's neighborhoods! We're so glad you had a good time and found the Northwest Side Neighborhood Bar Crawl to be a cool team building event as well. We enjoy making memorable team outings for corporate groups and a private tour that involves a bar crawl is a great way to do that! We hope we'll see you again on another tour in the future.

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Reviewed November 28, 2018 via mobile

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Reviewed November 26, 2018

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Reviewed November 24, 2018

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Reviewed November 23, 2018

2 hours walking architecture tour was very ,very interesting .2 h wasn’t enough ,there was so much to see.I would do it agin

Date of experience: November 2018
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AmandaDetoursOwner, Manager at Chicago Detours, responded to this reviewResponded December 1, 2018

Thanks for coming on the tour and sharing this review! Come back for another tour and explore even more of the city with us some time!

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