Join us for the ultimate foodie adventure in Chicago’s historic River North area alongside a local guide who can show you the best spots for some of the city’s best-loved dishes.
- 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, like Chicago-style popcorn and homemade chocolate.
- Immerse yourself in the best of Chicago culture and discover why Chicago’s art, food scene, and architecture is one of a kind.
- Feel the energy and buzz in one of Chicago’s beautiful lakefront parks, and get that photo-op at the world-famous Bean.
- Adult Ages 13+
- Child Ages 6-12
- Young Child Ages 5 & under
Chicago City & Riverwalk Tour
Chicago has it all — amazing architecture, great food, and iconic sights both old and new. On this tour, a local guide takes you to some of the city’s best spots, where you get the inside scoop on what makes Chicago so special. We also throw in a couple of sweet, local treats to keep you going as we explore on foot and via local transportation.
Inclusions: Local, English-speaking guide, popcorn tasting, chocolate tasting, water taxi or “L” ticket
Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, tips/gratuities for your guide
- Duration: 2.5 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 near Millennium Park and Michigan Ave
Chicago is known as one of the most architecturally striking and culturally dynamic cities in the United States. Join us on a tour of some of Chicago’s greatest hits: incredible architecture both old and new, delicious local treats, a uniquely Chicago transit ride, stunning river views, and much more!
We start our tour under the dazzling marquee of the Chicago Theater (where you might recognize the neon sign from the movie musical Chicago) before heading off into the bustling city. 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. This unique feature of Chicago is used by locals and commuters daily to move about the city in a network of underground tunnels — especially necessary during the Midwest winters. 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 either hop on the “L” train or a water taxi on the Chicago River (depending on the weather and time of year). Either option offers a uniquely local Chicago experience! The “L” train is recognized as a Chicago landmark, having been featured in movies and TV shows for decades. Enjoy feeling like a local as you zip past buildings and catch even more awesome views. If your guide takes you on a water taxi, you get to see the Chicago skyline from a totally different perspective while you share in the daily commute of local Chicagoans late for work.
Once you’re back on solid ground, we make our way to another delicious destination. Along the way, you’re able to enjoy views of the world-famous Wrigley Building and the incredible Chicago Tribune building, the heart of Chicago’s thriving and historic journalism industry. Your second tasty confection is locally made chocolate from a Chicago staple.
Finally, 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. Here (or nearby), your guide concludes your tour and points you in the right direction toward more amazing sights, great lunch spots, or a drink recommendation inside one of the most amazing spaces in the city.
Dress standard: Please dress comfortably and casually in weather-appropriate attire. Wear comfortable shoes for walking.
Your trip: For your tour, you are in a small 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. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information 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 such 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 on this page. Please select “child” when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so 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 requests. You can do so in the “Additional information” box at checkout, or by emailing us at [email protected].