A combination of food and drink with incredible architecture, fascinating historical stories of turn-of-the-century Chicago, and visual scavenger hunts and clue-based games.
This very special walking tour digs into how and why the 1893 World's Fair captures our 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, we dig deeper. We dug through archives, studied photographs, and designed games to devise a fun and insightful walking tour.
This walking tour is much more than just a tour! The food and beer on our tour connect with stories of the 1893 World's Fair. With just intermittent walks outside, the 1893 World's Fair Tour makes for a great walking tour this winter and spring.
We did serious sleuthing to create a downtown tour of the few remaining buildings from the time of the World's Fair. People think that you have to go south of downtown to understand the history of the World's Fair, but it's impact on the architecture and landscape of downtown Chicago is still visible today.
Tours that identify distinctly as ""food tours"" have guests eat a ton of food. On our walking tour we will eat a pleasant amount that can comprise a light meal.
Think of this 3-hour-long walking tour as broken up as 5% outdoors, 95% indoors, 20% clue-based games and visual scavenger hunts, 20% food and drink time, and 100% awesome historical tour time. We know the math doesn't add up - we hope you get the idea!
1893 World's Fair Walking Tour Highlights
*Colorful mosaics in a hotel built for the 1893 World's Fair
*The sweeping grand lobby of the Auditorium Building
*Ride one of the last elevators downtown with a human operator
*Delicious German food at the Berghoff Restaurant
*See downtown Chicago's last remaining pre-Chicago fire building
*The opulent Chicago Athletic Hotel, once an exclusive men's club
1893 World's Fair Walking Tour Stories and Ideas
The rapid changes in culture around the turn of the century
The 1893 Fair's array of foods and food sculpture
Parlor songs in the past
The beginnings of consumer culture and advertising
Amusements on the Midway of the 1893 World's Columbian
Please see meeting location link http://www.chicagodetours.com/wp-content/uploads/1893-worlds-fair-bar-walking-tour-meeting-point.pdf
1893 World's Fair Tour Includes
*Professional tour guide commentary
*Shared iPads with historic photos
*Tastings that can comprise a light meal
*Game prizes and gifts
Walking Bar Tour DOES NOT INCLUDE
* Beer or Wine Package: At check-in, guests have two choices
1. Water ($3 CASH per person) - Covers server gratuities
2. Beer package ($11 CASH per person) - 1 full-size beer + 2 sample-size beers
3. Wine package ($11 CASH per person) - 1 glass of wine + 1 sample-size glass
THESE FEES INCLUDE OUR RATHER HIGH CHICAGO RESTAURANT TAXES AND SERVER GRATUITY.
* Additional optional drink: For our last stop, guests may independently purchase a beer, wine, or cocktail of their choice.
* Tour guide gratuity or giving program donation.
$58 per person
Note: The exact location will be disclosed once the host has accepted your request.
ABOUT CHICAGO DETOURS
Our walking tours and bus tours of Chicago history and culture bring people to explore stories and places locals don't even know. We give tours of interior architecture, historic bars, jazz and blues, and Chicago neighborhoods. Chicago architecture, history and culture intrinsically connect on our walking tours and bus tours of Chicago.
We are proud to be one of few Chicago tour companies with a solid five stars on both Yelp and TripAdvisor. Our passionate, knowledgeable tour guides go beyond trivia to get you thinking about our relation to cities, space, and buildings. We share ideas on how architecture affects us psychologically. We also take moments to simply indulge in the visual experience of architecture.
Because of the cultural angle of our walking tours and bus tours, they are great for anyone from architecture experts to those new to Chicago architecture. All our tours use architecture to tell stories that reflect the human side of Chicago history. You will explore, learn and interact with multimedia, each other, and the city around us.
We work with private groups, student groups and we also offer walking tours to the public six days a week. We hope you will join us on a Chicago architecture tour for an unforgettable cultural experience.