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“Coolest Teacher in School”

Chicago's Finest Tours
Ranked #3 of 213 Tours in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 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!
Reviewed July 23, 2013

We visit Chicago frequently and have found taking the many interesting tours all over the city can really enhance a trip. This has to be one of the most informative and entertaining tours ever, as Tour Guide Dan was truly like the coolest teacher in school that everyone rearranges schedules to get into his class. It was hotter than hot and no doubt we were all moving pretty slowly, but Dan took frequent stops in shady spots and then regaled us with fantastic (and true) stories of Chicago riverfront history. An extra bonus was the opportunity to see some sketches of the future expansion of the riverfront area. What a wonderful way to heighten interest for a return trip! Every tour we take I always find myself saying that I want the tour guide's job, but Dan has raised the bar for all tours to come. The lemonade stop made it a perfect hot summer day tour!

Thank kmn11157
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

On a very hot summer morning we met our guide in the coolness of the lobby of a building on East Upper Wacker drive. Everything had carefully been taken care of, including a bottle of cool watter for everyone. And then the tour started, walking up and down the bridges and paths around the Chicago river. The guide knew a short story about every corner and showed us places we would otherwise never have seen. And to literally bring the tour to a height, she showed us up onto the terrasses at the top of one of the Marina towers, from where we had a magnificent view over the whole centre of the city. Definitely to be recommended !

1  Thank WimVds
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

We had a great tour with our tour guide Dan. We all agreed that he was an exceptionally knowledgeable guide. He gave us information that was entertaining and educational. Really can't say anything bad about the tour other than it was a very hot day- heat index of 100 - so Dan kept us in the shade as much as possible. And we took it slow and stopped for a lemonaide ( included in tour), Got my tour for discount on Living Social so even better. I highly recommend this tour.

Thank TravelerColumbus_OH
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

What a great tour for natives and visitors! Our guide, Rick, told us the history of Chicago through a series of entertaining stories. You walk a bit, talk a lot, and learn. As a world traveler that has done this type of tour far and wide I have learned the success of a tour is in the details and this tour is spot on. First, the guide is where he is supposed to be on time and organized. Love it! Armed with a cold bottle of water off we went in a small group. Rick is very cognizant of the group crossing streets and sitting in a comfortable area. A picture book is provided as a visual supplement, nice!

Tips: This is a 2+ hour tour in English all about the HISTORY of Chicago. The walking is minimal with a few stairs so non-walkers this is a good one for you. For walkers like me, very easy. I would not recommend this for children unless they are interested in the subject. That being said, this is a great company for those school groups that are studying Chicago. I am sure the company would adapt to student schedules and curriculum.

Bottom line: A winner of a tour for Chicagoans and our guests...thanks Rick! Job well done.

1  Thank 2fromChicagoIL
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

Rich was our tour guide for the Chicago history tour. He was great and very attentive. There were fun facts and true history all throughout. There were even prizes and I won at t-shirt at the end! It was awesome! Oh and a free water bottle was included for the walking tour.

Thank Yosoymarian
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