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Day and evening walking tours of Chicago architecture and history.


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Super fun and informative — I even had a couple of beers while I was learning about drinking history. – Jim H.

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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.

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“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!


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!


Read our Public Tour FAQs page for questions about booking a tour, distance, mobility, and anything else!


Call: 312.350.1131
E-Mail: [email protected]