Along with hearing your tour guide’s energetic commentary, you and your kids get to look at shared iPads with visuals of archives and photographs. The pictures help paint a picture of the time of the World’s Fair. Guests on this tour by foot also divide into teams and play interactive, educational games, such as a visual scavenger hunt with historic clues. You’ll even get a chance to ride in a human-operated elevator, one of the last left in the city!
This downtown walking tour visits and enters into some of the few remaining and spectacular buildings from the time of the World’s Fair at the turn of the century. The fairgrounds themselves were south of downtown, where today very little remains intact from the fair. You can best see the impact of the fair right in downtown Chicago on this tour with us! Here the architecture and landscape still show the World’s Fair imprint even today.
Did you read the Devil in the White City book? Either way this tour will take your understanding of the World’s Columbian Exposition to the next level. And for the record, the tour does not delve into the sensationalist serial killer part of the story as we want to focus on the dramatic changes happening to American culture around the turn of the century. We regularly offer a version of this 1893 World’s Fair Tour with Bars for adults. Special for spring break, we will not go into the bars. Instead, this tour focuses on the educational games and architectural explorations.
This walking tour is designed to appeal to both kids and adults. We recommend bringing kids ages 6 and up. Tour groups are limited to 14. Last year’s tours all sold out, so we recommend booking now for this limited run tour, which we normally only guide for Student Group Field Trips.