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3-Hour Walking Tour: Chicago World's Fair of 1893

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  • 3-hour Chicago walking and food tour
  • See traces of the 1893 World’s Fair in modern Chicago
  • Learn about Chicago at the end of the 19th century
3-Hour Walking Tour: Chicago World's Fair of 1893
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US$49.00 Save US$7.00
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Friday 1pmMost Popular
Tour departs at 1:00pm
Wednesday 5:45pm
Tour departs at 5:45pm
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Tour departs 4pm; Saturday only
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Discover the lasting influence of the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago on a 3-hour walking and food tour of downtown. See the historic Auditorium Building, the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel and other examples of Chicago’s fine architecture. You’ll also sample fresh–brewed beers and some tasty German fare among other refreshments, with enough food for a light meal. Your guide provides informative commentary and entertaining games during your Chicago walking tour, which mostly takes place indoors, making it ideal for all seasons.
What to Expect

This very special walking tour digs into how and why the 1893 World’s Fair captures imaginations more than any other event in Chicago history. Unlike other World’s Fair tours and Devil in the White City tours, which likely revolve around facts and trivia, you’ll dig deeper on this downtown tour. You'll visits some of the few remaining and spectacular buildings from the time of the World’s Fair, also known as the World's Columbian Exposition. The fairgrounds themselves were south of downtown, but you can best see the impact of the fair in the Loop. Here the architecture and landscape still show the World’s Fair imprint even today, nearly 125 years later. Beyond just looking at buildings from outside, this mostly indoor walking tour sees the beauty of architectural details within.

On this fun and insightful walking tour, you’ll venture into beautiful architectural spaces from the era. You will play a few thoughtfully designed games, like visual scavenger hunts. Along with guide commentary, your guide will show you photos and archival materials via shared iPads that illuminate this historic event of the 1893 World's Fair.

You will eat a couple light snacks and play a few educational games with prizes for the winning team. Plus, you can opt to get drinks (on you) at two stops. You will end in a building from 1893 that has numerous drinking options!

You can think of this 3-hour long walking tour as being 5% outdoors, 95% indoors, 20% clue-based games and visual scavenger hunts, 10% drinking time, and 100% awesome historical tour time. We know the math doesn’t add up – we hope you get the idea!

With just intermittent walks outside, the 1893 World’s Fair Tour makes for a great walking tour in all seasons. This tour makes the World’s Fair’s lasting impact come to life. We hope you’ll join us!

Drinks are not included in the cost of this tour. At the tour meeting spot, you are welcome to get a drink at the bar before check-in. To streamline the tour, your order will be taken, along with cash for your second drink at check-in ($6 for beer, $8 for wine, includes gratuity). At the third drink stop, you may independently purchase a beer, wine, or cocktail of your choice.
Two small snacks are included. Occasionally, vegetarian options will be available, otherwise, any other dietary restrictions will not be accommodated. If you are gluten-free, dairy-free, or have other allergies, we cannot make substitutions.

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Reviewed 3 days ago
Excellent Historical Walking Tour

Elizabeth was very knowledgeable and personable. Through architecture, narrative, strategic walking routes, and even some fun games, she did a great job of conveying the sense of Chicago in the 1890's and the fair itself. The fair truly lives on. After this tour, I decided...More

Thank Mark M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Really wonderful tour!

I'd read the Devil in the White City and during my first time to Chicago was excited to do something where I could experience more of that era. Our wonderful and very informative tour guide, Elizabeth, did a fabulous job of transporting us into the...More

Thank TealTeaCups
Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Great tour

We're always looking for different things to do when we visit Chicago and this tour was perfect. We were lucky enough to have a very small group, Elizabeth was an excellent guide, and the interactive aspect added a little fun to the mix. We will...More

Thank Shelley I
AmandaDetoursOwner, Manager at Chicago Detours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Shelley, We're so glad you enjoyed the interactive elements of the tour! We pride ourselves on leading tours that are fun, educational, and make us feel connected to the city. We can't wait to see you again for another tour with us.

Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile
Always fun and easy

History and fun facts galore.. Chicago Detours is on point with small groups, personal interactions. Personable, knowledgeable guides. A great way to learn about Chicago.

Thank Kathy F
Reviewed 5 June 2018
Cool Tour, Different From Expected

I finished "Devil in the White City" right before our trip to Chicago so I was anxious to get some of the good history of the city in the time period I had read so much about. This is definitely a different kind of tour....More

Thank Victoria K
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