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“Chicago History Tour”

Chicago's Finest Tours, Inc.
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Chicago River Walk Tours
Ranked #7 of 171 Tours in Chicago
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Chicago's Finest River Walk Tour is Chicago’s most dynamic and fun entertainment activity option! We offer our guests highly passionate and energy-packed activities ranging from River Walk Tours to Bus Tours. We distinguish ourselves by providing our guests captivating storytelling, keen visualizations and infectious enthusiasm! Our mission is to ensure each guest walks away with a smile on their face and better understanding of our amazing city!
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“Chicago History Tour”
Reviewed June 22, 2013

A slow paced, 2 1/2 hour walk covered about a half mile, but proved very informative. The guide, Daniel O'Connell, regaled us with facts, stories, and jokes throughout the journey. He provided a book of photos for each of us that enhanced the presentation, quizzed us on Chicago trivia, and even provided umbrellas for everyone when it rained. A delightful afternoon.

Visited June 2013
Thank Jerry G
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Would not recommend”
Reviewed June 20, 2013

I bought this 1/2 off through an internet deal thank god, because if I would have paid full price I would have been even more unhappy. You think when you read "walk tour" you will be walking quit a bit. We made it about 1/4 of a mile in an hour. LONG lectures with too much information (not quick fun facts, felt like more of a history lesson involving specific dates), standing/sitting for 20 mins at a time in the hot sun, and again hardly any walking. I admit we didn't stay for the whole time but I have a feeling it didn't get much better. Not to say that our tour guide wasn't knowledgeable, but his loud, long delivery wasn't much fun to listen to. Would definitely not recommend for children either. Also, he gave out big, leather, outdated, poor quality notebooks that in my opinion were useless. Update your materials! Very disappointed overall.

Visited June 2013
Thank Abbie B
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Dan O, President at Chicago's Finest Tours, Inc., responded to this review, June 21, 2013
For our future guests benefit, Chicago's Finest Tours provides different tours with different levels of walking. This guest chose to attend a tour that is clearly described - minimal walking. We do offer tours with maximum walking. Thank you.
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Glen Ellyn
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“June 19 Tour”
Reviewed June 20, 2013

Rick lead our tour. He was very personable, knowledgeable and funny. I was concerned that we would be able to hear the commentary but Rick projected so well, we never had an issue. I took the tour with my wife and daughter and my daughter wants to take the same tour again. The price was well worth the tour. We learned a lot about our city. Looking forward to taking the Pedway tour later this year.

Visited June 2013
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Mokena, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“A Fabulous Way to See the City!”
Reviewed June 17, 2013

We thought we knew Chicago...we've done the tours and read the books, but this tour showed us Chicago as we haven't seen it before. Our tour guide, Daniel K O Connell, a seasoned story teller and guide held our attention through two and a half hours of walking the riverfront...no small feat! He pointed out details we had never noticed, told stories about buildings we thought we knew, and led us into nooks and crannies that contained hidden gems along the river. We found intimate, shady eateries that we didn't know existed; statues, busts and landmarks we've walked past a million times but never noticed, and heard stories that brought the city to life. This tour is like no other in the city...even if you've already done them all, take the time for this one too. You will be happy you did. An added bonus: Daniel stops the tour several times for trivia games, giving his audience a chance to win gift cards for local eateries! We won $15 for Giordano's Pizza and $5 for Starbucks!

Visited June 2013
Thank Diane B
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Michigan City, Indiana
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed June 16, 2013

Not knowing what to expect....I was wowed by this tour. Dan's enthusiasm and sharing his long-time love for the history of Chicago made it so exciting and interesting. His little games of True and False kept everyone on their toes hoping for a wonderful prize! I'm hungry for more information on this wonderful city. We were fed great food at our brunch and Dan kept on feeding our minds during this also. So much was shared with our group you couldn't possible retain it all. I'll have to go back for another Chicago River Walk Tour....soon! Thank you so much Dan.

Hoosier Kathy

Visited June 2013
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