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Inside Chicago Walking Tours
Ranked #1 of 217 Tours in Chicago
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Owner description: 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!"
Reviewed May 4, 2015

This was an outstanding tour! Our guide, Hillary, was so knowledgeable and entertaining. She took inside buildings we'd normally just walk past and we saw the most amazing spaces, but the best part was how she explained WHAT we were seeing. We will definitely take other Inside Chicago Walking Tours and definitely recommend this one! Even if you live and work in the Loop -- maybe especially if you do -- you should take this tour!

Date of experience: May 2015
Thank Barbara C
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Reviewed May 3, 2015

Hilary was such a great tour guide, she definitely seems to love what she does and you can tell when she delivers the tours. It is very interesting how she has split up the different tours into specific sections each aimed at different parts of Chicago's Architectural history and within walking distance of the 2 hour time-frame. Though we got a lot of information about our specific tour, it still left us wanting to find out more about other areas of Chicago, which is great as she made it very interesting for us, and so we will definitely come back for another tour with Hilary when we visit next. The Architecture was beautiful, and varied also. Our tour focused on Chicago's immigrants and what was lovely was that there was a Polish festival going on around the City; great to hear about the history and see the celebrations of the Polish community too. I highly recommend this tour and this guide as it is also such a reasonable price for what you get!

Date of experience: May 2015
Thank Emma D
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Reviewed May 3, 2015

We really enjoyed our walking tour with Hillary, it was a pleasure meeting her and taking this tour. She was very knowledgeable about Chicago history and architect in the city!! I highly recommend taking this tour as you will not be disappointed!!

Date of experience: May 2015
Thank Sandy G
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Reviewed April 28, 2015

This tour will let you experience Chicago architecture in a fun and educational manner. Our tour guide Hilary has obviously worked hard to discover and share with us the most important, revealing and sometimes surprising aspects of the architecture surrounding the city. The pace of the tour is perfect. I felt like I was looking at buildings and structures that I had seen many times before, but had not taken the time to really understand . This was a great tour.

Date of experience: April 2015
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Reviewed April 27, 2015

Hillary knows her stuff and is very funny. We got to see some really interesting buildings and everything my husband and I were interested in after the tour we took her advance in "Just try to go in. They worst that can happen is the door is locked or you get kicked out".

Date of experience: April 2015
Thank sarah b
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