This tour takes you to some of the city’s best spots alongside a local guide who gives you the inside scoop on what makes Chicago so special.
- Marvel at the stunning Chicago skyline and discover why Chicago’s architecture is among the best in the world.
- Get around The Loop like a local: at street level, underground, on elevated rails, or perhaps even on the water.
- Enjoy a couple of classic made-in-Chicago snacks, including Chicago-style popcorn and homemade chocolate.
- Get a taste for Chicago’s most famous food in one of the city’s most historic neighborhoods.
- Discover why locals have so much passion for their Chicago-style classics.
- Adult Ages 13+
- Child Ages 6-12
- Young Child Ages 5 & under
Chicago River Architecture Tour
Ready to discover some of the best Chicago has to offer with a local by your side? Join us on an epic tour of some of the city’s greatest hits: incredible architecture both old and new, delicious local treats and iconic Chicago dishes, a uniquely Chicago transit ride, stunning river views, and much more!
Inclusions: Local, English-speaking guide, popcorn tasting, chocolate tasting, water taxi or “L” ticket, transportation between tour halves, and a variety of food samples (such as a Chicago-style hot dog, deep dish pizza, and Italian beef)
Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, tips/gratuities for your guide
- Duration: 5 hours
- Meeting point: The Chicago Theatre (underneath the marquee), 175 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601. View on Google Maps.
- Starting time: 10 a.m.
- Ending point: A central location in the River North neighborhood near the Chicago Brown Line “L” Station
Ready for the ultimate day out in Chicago? This tour combines two of our favorite Chicago experiences (Chicago Culture & Architecture and Chicago Food Tour: The Classics in River North) for one epic Chicago adventure!
We start our tour under the dazzling marquee of the Chicago Theater, where you might recognize the neon sign from the movie musical Chicago. We then head off into the bustling city, where our first stop is inside one of the best-preserved spaces built for shopping in Chicago, featuring an unforgettable atrium at its core.
We then head toward the Chicago Pedway, a unique feature of Chicago used by locals and commuters daily to move about the city in a network of underground tunnels. We head back above-ground near City Hall, and on most weekdays, we’re able to head inside to see the classic interior design and architecture.
Next, we make our way to a spot where we share a sweet treat and a local tradition: Chicago-style popcorn. Weather permitting, we take a stroll along the Chicago Riverwalk while taking in views of several soaring buildings, including Marina Towers, the Britannica Building, and the Sears Tower (now known as the Willis Tower).
From there, we hop on either the “L” train or a water taxi on the Chicago River (depending on the weather and time of year). Both options offer a uniquely local Chicago experience! Once we’re back on solid ground, we make our way to another delicious destination for locally made chocolates from a Chicago staple.
Next, we take a stroll through the beautiful lakefront parks along Michigan Avenue. We end up in the picturesque Millennium Park, home to the iconic Bean sculpture.
We hope you’ve built up a good appetite by now because we’re on our way to an unforgettable food experience. Travel by “L” train or ride share with your guide from Millennium Park up to the River North neighborhood, the original Chicago foodie destination.
Your food tour starts with a very well-known Chicago fare: the Chicago-style hot dog. Every Chicagoan has his or her own preference as to how the dog should be made, and you get a chance to try your guide’s favorite version.
Next up is the world-famous Chicago deep-dish pizza! An entire meal unto itself, this staple of the Chicago food scene originated in River North in the 1940s, when workers and families needed filling dishes at low prices. Your guide takes you to a pizza place that’s an icon to Chicago natives to try the real deal for yourself.
After you’ve filled up on pizza and hot dogs, we take a stroll through two more establishments, each one essential to Chicago’s food culture. We then continue our tasting journey with a classic Chicago sandwich: Italian beef. Sample this sandwich in a real Chicago institution — no-frills decor included!
Our tour ends here, and your guide is happy to direct you back to your accommodation or share tips for what else to see and do in the city.
Dress standard: Please dress comfortably, casually, and in weather-appropriate attire. Wear comfortable shoes for walking.
Your trip: For your Urban Adventure, you are in a small tour group of a maximum of 12 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. See you at the starting point! If you have any concerns or require more information, get in touch via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Additional information: This tour runs year-round and proceeds rain or shine unless the weather constitutes a dangerous situation.
Closure of sites: In the event of road or attraction closures, your guide will do their best to work around the obstacles or take your tour to alternate locations.
Child policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed here. Please select “child” when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour for free. Please inform us at the time of booking if you are bringing a child under the age of 6 in the special request box on the checkout page.
We can accommodate vegetarians and other dietary restrictions. Please notify us in advance if you have any dietary request by noting it in the “Additional information” box at checkout or by emailing us at [email protected].