1893 WORLD’S FAIR TOUR DETAILS
On this fun and insightful historic architecture walking tour, you’ll venture into beautiful architectural spaces from the era of the 1893 World’s Fair. You will play a few thoughtfully designed games, like visual scavenger hunts. Along with guide commentary, your professional tour guide will show you on shared iPads material from archives and photographs that illuminate these festivities.
This downtown Chicago walking tour visits some of the few remaining and spectacular buildings from the time of the 1893 World’s Fair. 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. Here the architecture and landscape still show the World’s Fair imprint even today, nearly 125 years later. And beyond just looking at buildings from outside, our mostly indoor walking tour sees the beauty of architectural details within.
On this fun and educational walking tour, you will eat a couple light snacks (we used to call this a “food tour” but have minimized the food, just fyi in case you’re reading reviews on Yelp or TripAdvisor). Plus, you can opt to get drinks (on you), too!
Did you read the Devil in the White City book? If you haven’t, our 1893 World’s Fair Tour gives a synopsis of the changes in technology and culture that this major event introduced. If you did read the book, know that this tour will take your understanding of the World’s Columbian Exposition to the next level. And for the record, this architecture 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.
You can think of this 3-hour-long Chicago architecture walking tour as being 7% outdoors, 95% indoors, 20% clue-based games and visual scavenger hunts, 10% drinking time, and 100% awesome historical tour time. We know the math doesn’t add up – we hope you get the idea!
WHY BOOK THIS ARCHITECTURE WALKING TOUR WITH CHICAGO DETOURS?
Who wants to listen to a volunteer tour docent rambling a bunch of memorized dates and names? Not us! Our expert tour guides are highly trained, smart, fun and passionate about Chicago architecture and history.
In business since 2010, we are proud to be a top-rated Chicago tour company with five-stars on Yelp and TripAdvisor. Many of our Chicago architecture walking tours integrate historic bars, food, and music history. We hope you’ll join us to explore stories and places locals don’t even know, both downtown and in Chicago neighborhoods!
With just intermittent walks outside, the 1893 World’s Fair Tour makes for a great walking tour in all seasons.
Got a time conflict? Consider our Historic Chicago Walking Bar Tour.
This Chicago architecture tour is also available as a private tour, great for families or as a corporate team-building event.