Virtual Talks and Tours
Instead of the real life walking tours we usually offer, right now you can join us on 20-minute talks as a “Historic Happy Hour for Curious People” on weekdays and 40-minute live, virtual tours on weekends. These online talks and tours are free, with a $5-15 suggested donation to support our small business. Public tours are currently suspended. Past talks are viewable on Youtube for a limited time.
Registration is required. Space via Zoom platform is limited.
“HISTORIC HAPPY HOUR FOR CURIOUS PEOPLE” – 6:00pm-6:30pm
Fri, Mar. 27 – “Da Beers: Chicago Drinking History” – Due to demand, will do this one again!
Wed, Apr. 1 – “Chicago Sports History From Street Brawls to the World Series” – Register now
Thurs, Apr. 2 – “Chicago Parks From the Past to Post-Pandemic” – Register now
Fri, Apr. 3 – “LGBT History of Chicago Before Boystown” – Register now
Mon, Apr. 6 – “Chicago Architecture Crash Course in 20 Minutes” – Register now
Tues, Apr. 7 – “Demystifying the Chicago Pedway” – Register now
LIVE, VIRTUAL TOURS – 1:00pm-1:50pm
Sat, Apr. 4 – “Neighborhood Detour Pt.1: Bridgeport, Bronzeville, Armour Square, Grand Boulevard” – Register now
Sun, Apr. 5 – “Hidden Neighborhood Architecture in Two Blocks” – Register now
About Public Tours
These are not your grandma’s architecture walking tours! Led by passionate, expert tour guides, our fun and educational walking tours will give you new perspectives of Chicago architecture and history. These day and evening tours visit both Chicago highlights and off-the-beaten path tour sites.
Since many of our architectural walking tours stay mostly indoors, they’e great for any kind of weather. Some tours also incorporate food and drink.
Come see why we were voted Best Tour of Chicago 2019!
Reservations are required. Book your Chicago walking tour now!
For groups of nine or more, we suggest our private group walking tours and bus tours.
Indoor Walking Tours
Our Chicago architecture walking tours are great for any time of year! These tours take you inside the buildings to explore Chicago history while staying warm. With Chicago Detours, you’ll explore stories and places locals don’t even know. Beyond dates and names, your professional tour guide will tell the personal and forgotten stories behind Chicago architecture. On these mostly indoor walking tours, you will go off-the-beaten path and stay inside at least 80% of the time.
Loop Interior Architecture Walking Tour with Pedway
Historic Chicago Walking Bar Tour
1893 World’s Fair Tour with Bars
“What a delight… we did an indoor walking tour on a cold, windy day in Chicago. This was a great way to get out & explore without freezing. We utilized the Pedway, lobbies & buildings to walk inside downtown in the Loop.” –marial, TripAdvisor
10th Anniversary Special Events & Tours
Chicago Detours turns 10 this year! Explore Chicago’s culture and history through one-time-only tours and events that share stories and places locals don’t even know. We hope you’ll celebrate this milestone for our small, woman-owned business with us!
Architecture of Money and Power Tour Debut with Free Pizza – Apr 24
“Badass Women of Chicago History” Storytelling Event – June 5
Chicago Jazz, Blues and Beyond Bus Tour – June 6
LGBT Chicago History on the 1893 World’s Fair Walking Tour – June 13
Best Neighborhood Tours in Summer
Offered April to October, our summer season Chicago architecture walking tours are a fun way to learn and connect with like-minded curious people! For our Chicago food tours, you will get a reasonable (not excessive) amount of food and we use food to tell the stories of Chicago history. Plus these off-the-beaten path historical tours integrate a visual experience of architectural exteriors and interiors. These are rated the best neighborhood tours!
Factories to Calories Fulton Market Food Tour
Old Polonia and Wicker Park Tour with Food
Chicago Architecture Crash Course Walking Tour
New in ’20! Century of Contrasts South Loop Walking Tour
New in ’20! Architecture of Money and Power Financial District Walking Tour
All Ages 1893 World’s Fair Walking Tour
PUBLIC WALKING TOUR FAQs
Read our Public Tour FAQs page for questions about booking a tour, distance, mobility, and anything else!