We are excited to bring you three new private Chicago neighborhood tours. Chicago is, after all, a city of neighborhoods. Each of these private group tours explores the history, architecture, and food created by the people who live in these distinct, yet also ever-changing, areas. Think outside of downtown. Think outside of deep-dish and Italian beef. Heck, think outside of your grandmother’s tour!
Private group tours of Chicago are excellent experiences for corporate groups, family outings, and birthday parties. The following neighborhood tours have different minimum and maximum group sizes. Call us for more details at 312.350.1131.
Don’t call it a comeback–Bridgeport’s been here for years. We are excited to share stories of old Chicago on a new route. After the closure of Schaller’s Pump (RIP) we had to rethink our tour of Chicago’s oldest neighborhood, Bridgeport. We are excited to re-release this popular bus tour for groups.
This private group tour includes three drinks at historic bars paired with food that help tell the tumultuous story of this blue-collar neighborhood and Chicago itself. From Upton Sinclair to Da Mayors Daley (to only name a couple), Bridgeport is chock full of characters. Historic bars, new cuisines to the neighborhood like bao, and old favorites like the intense mother-in-law sandwich, make this a complete, authentic experience for locals and visitors alike.
Pilsen is at the heart of some of the most interesting conversations happening in Chicago. For decades Pilsen has been a working-class neighborhood, first as a Czech enclave before developing into the heart of the Mexican community in Chicago. Now it exemplifies the contentious process of gentrification that is changing our cityscapes. Guests on this private tour consider these changes while viewing politically-charged community murals juxtaposed with trendy street art, and contemplating the irony of “gourmet” tacos, which were once considered working-man’s fuel.
Experience this South Side story for yourself on this Chicago neighborhood tour by foot. We’ve particularly been doing this tour for university student groups. With this private walking tour, you’ll dig into the history, architecture and culture one of Chicago’s most vibrant neighborhoods while tasting authentic Mexican dishes..
The Future of Cities in Avondale & Logan Square Tour
Major U.S. cities are changing, and Chicago’s neighborhoods provide clear examples of this. This bus and walking tour invites Chicagoans to consider how recent changes in city living–particularly in Logan Square and Avondale–can provide insight into Chicago’s future as a “creative” and “experiential” city. We briefly de-board to get up-close with street art and consider how Instagram and tourism in Logan Square have contributed to these changes. We’ll also discuss the not-so-popular designs of some controversial, contemporary developments of Logan Square. Private groups also have the option to upgrade to include a delicious home-style Polish meal. Then this private tour concludes the same way many good experiences in Chicago do–with a stop at a neighborhood bar for drinks and discussion.
Our private group neighborhood tours can be booked by giving us a ring at 312.350.1131! Or if you want to try a tour individually, come on a public tour with us. Many of these public walking tours go into neighborhoods, too.
– Morgan Lott, Private Tour Coordinator and Tour Guide