The 10 Most Interesting Chicago Tours
Why do the normal, boring old tour of the city when you can do something unique and exceptionally interesting? Check out these 10 tours that offer sightseeing with a dose of fun and adventure.
Known as "The Windy City", Chicago is famous for its iconic architecture and impressive museums. It's the third largest city in The United States and it's a serious sightseeing playground with sites like the Hancock Building, Millennium Park and "The Bean", and The Chicago Building. But why do the normal, boring old tour of the city when you can do something unique and exceptionally interesting? Check out these 10 tours that offer sightseeing with a dose of fun and adventure for your next visit to Chi-Town.
Chicago Food Planet Food Tours
As Steve Carell pointed out, "The best food is in Chicago. There are great restaurants everywhere, from fancy places to burger joints." So it's no surprise some of the best tours of Chicago include food. As the first food tour company in Chicago, Chicago Food Planet Food Tours is a staple in the Chicago food experience. One of the best ways to really learn about a city, its history, its culture, and its people is through its food. Chicago is no different and Chicago Food Planet offers a few options that focus on different parts of this great city's food scene. A helpful hint? Do one of the food tours on your first or second day of your trip so you'll have ample time to go back to any favorites for a second round.
Gold Coast and Old Town Food Tour
These two foodie neighborhoods along Lake Michigan are home to some classic and modern Chicago eats. You'll get to eat Chicago-Style deep dish pizza at the famous Lou Malnati's, chocolate and sweets at the oldest chocolate confectioner, The Fudge Shop, and the world-famous Spice House. Adults tickets are $47 on weekdays and $50 on weekends with tours starting every half hour from 11:00am to 1:00pm.
Bucktown and Wicker Park Food Tour
This tour will take you through the forenamed Chi-Town neighborhoods. Some of the food joints on this urban adventure include the best hot dog stand in the city, George's Hot Dog's, and a brewpub pizzeria combo among others. After trying one of Chicago Food Planet's food tours you might just go back for another. Don't worry, they have four. Tickets run the same as the prices mentioned above for the Gold Coast and Old Town Food Tour.
Bobby's Bike Hike
Walking tours are a great way to see the city but it can be difficult to cover a large distance in just a few hours. If you still want to get those sights in but are running on limited time or want a little more of an active tour, try a bike tour. You'll get to experience more in the same amount of time with the same amount of information but a ton more fun. Bobby's Bike Hike offers a few options and provides guests with information about how far each tour is and the activity level so you can pick the perfect option.
City Lights at Night Tour
It's not everyday you get to see the famous Chicago Skyline, but don't forget to sight see after dark. On the City Lights at Night Tour you get just that -- a unique tour around the city after sunset. As a guide leads you around the city on this three-hour tour, you'll get to see some spectacular sights including the famous Buckingham Fountain light show. During the summer, you'll even get to enjoy a fireworks show. Adult tickets will set you back $40.
Bikes, Bites, and Brews Tour
The name really does say it all. What better way to learn about Chicago than by sampling some of the best food and drink it has to offer? Join an educated tour guide on a bike throughout the city on your way to try some Chicago specialties like deep-dish pizza and Chicago-style hotdogs. Just remember to drink responsibly so you can still bike home. This four-hour tour is offered daily at 11:30am. The cost is $65 for adults.
Tour Through a Lens
Are you an avid or wannabe photographer? Always snapping pictures during your trips of everything from the architecture to the locals and every one of your meals? Then this might be your favorite tour ever. "Tour Through a Lens" is a hybrid tour focusing on both photography skills and sightseeing guided by professional photographers. Since the focus isn't just to hit up the major tourist attractions, you'll get to see a bit of the hidden parts of the city.
Be a Child with Your Child Tour
There are plenty of tours offered focusing on different areas of the city as well as different techniques, but by far the most unique is this one. It's a fun and exciting way to spend quality time with your child while learning about photography and completing a photography scavenger hunt around the city for about 90 minutes.
One of Navy Pier's most popular attractions, Seadog offers a wide range of cruises for every interest and age. One of Chicago's many nicknames is 'The City by the Lake', so you can guess that water plays a big role in the history and culture of the city. What better way to experience it than out in the water. This is an alternative view of the city that some say is incomparable.
This tour offers a riverside view of Chicago's most iconic buildings including Tribune Building and Willis Tower. You'll get to venture up the Chicago River for over an hour guided by tour guides who share stories about The Windy City all while enjoying a speedboat ride. During the season, March through October, Architectural tours run daily.
Lakefront Speedboat Tour
This 30-minute adventure doubles as a thrill ride and a tour. You'll speed past Chicago's skyline and the Magnificent Mile with a few stops for a history and cultural lesson from a tour guide. It's the perfect afternoon excursion for the whole family, especially in the hot Chicago summer. Adult tickets are $22.
Chicago Beer Experience
This company is all about the beer. And Chicago. It's time to get to know Chicago through its best brews with the help of knowledgeable guides who share stories of beer-making and history. You won't be visiting any tourist traps on these tours. Think pubs that only the locals know with friendly service and cool vibes. Besides the two tours mentioned below they also offer private tours for a special experience.
Lakeview and Lincoln Park Beer Tasting and Bar Tour
This tour through two Chicago neighborhoods includes a prohibition punk rock bar, a few cozy Irish pubs, and a micro brewpub. But the best of all? A beer and bacon bar. Yes, you read that correctly. A beer and bacon bar. Take a minute to let that soak in (in all its greasy goodness). At this special bar you'll get to try different beer alongside bacon for the ultimate tasting experience. Tickets are $59 for adults and tours take place on Saturdays from 3:00pm - 6:00pm and 1:30pm - 4:30pm on Sundays.
Bucktown and Wicker Park Beer Tasting and Bar Tour
This tour focuses a little bit more on immigration's impact on Chicago's beer scene but you can expect the same off-the-beaten-path pubs and bars as the previous tour. On this tour, you'll visit a bar that had a famous TV role and a bar from the 1800s. As cool as it is unique, you'll also get to visit Emporium, a bar that combines our alcoholic drink of choice with video games to connect you with Chicago's past in an impossibly fun way. Tickets for this tour are also $59. Tours take place on Saturdays from 3:30pm - 6:30pm.
Underground Donut Tour
If you consider yourself a "donut fanatic" or just a sweet enthusiast, this tour is for you. Skip the boring stuff and head straight for the good stuff -- donuts. This tour will take you around the Chicago Loop where you'll try out donuts at four different donut shops. Sure, there might be a little history about the history of donuts and their role in the Chicago food scene but let's focus on the fact that for $25 you'll get to eat a special sampling of donuts at each Chicago staple. Tours begin on Saturdays at 9:00am.
Now you're ready to hit up "The City by the Lake" for a special and unique vacation with history and experiences you won't soon forget. Whether you try out a food tour or a beer tour or even a tour of Chicago's sweet side, you're sure to enjoy your trip if you stick to one of our 10 most interesting tours.
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