Tour Company Mission

To bring curious people to explore stories and places locals don’t even know through guided tours of Chicago architecture, history and culture.

chicago detours tour company philosophy

Our Philosophy

We believe that the primary role of a tour guide is to educate, so we create an interactive group dynamic and share educational tools and new perspectives for you to connect with the architecture of Chicago.

We are committed to responsible travel, so our tour company uses green practices and immerse you in a truly local experience.

We know that history is best told with a creative approach, so we use different media, like historic quotes, old photographs, and documentary film clips, to stimulate your imagination and present various perspectives.

We believe that a city like Chicago is more than “highlights,” so we share forgotten stories about both famous city landmarks and lesser-known attractions.

We understand that business is about building community, so our tour company likes to connect with tour operators, conventions, destination management companies, non-profits, community groups, senior groups, universities, cultural organizations, and Chicago businesses.

We treat all our tour guests like a new friend, because we believe in the importance of hospitality, and we love when tour guests have chosen to tour Chicago with a small business.

What We Do

Chicago Detours offers guided walking and bus tours of architecture, history and culture to public and private groups.

We blog about overlooked or forgotten stories of Chicago architecture and history.

We custom-design new theme-driven tours and day trips for private groups.