CHICAGO HOLIDAY TOUR DETAILS
We have some inside stories on our Chicago holiday lights tour! Hear about how Mayor Richard J. Daley saved the Christmas Parade, and then how his son, Richard M., was almost awarded a stocking of coal for his affront to the holidays. Your Chicago tour guide will share the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’s birth in Chicago. We’ll even have an overview of the development of consumerism for Christmas. This historic walking tour is not your typical holiday lights tour of Chicago!
The holiday tour has some classic experiences, too. We’ll go into the former Marshall Field’s Department Store, where Chicago holiday traditions have a rich and long history. You’ll have your choice of a beer from the local Revolution Brewery or a glass of wine. While enjoying those drinks, you’ll gaze at the giant holiday tree in the historic Walnut Room and discover forgotten stories and make new memories. We’ll also consider nostalgia for old Chicago with a view at the holiday- and not-so-holiday-lights on State Street. The holiday tour ends across the street from the Christkindlmarket, where you can choose to explore on your own and perhaps get a hot German mulled wine!
(Please note: Christkindlmarket closes on 12/24, so if you book a tour between 12/26-12/30 then you’ll see the closed-up stalls that remain and learn a little about its history!) Route stops, timing and pricing subject to change for bookings made before November 15, 2018.
Please be aware that these locations have crowds during this holiday season, so we’ll have to navigate crowds and there may be waits to get our drinks. Because it is difficult to predict the traffic flows, the duration of the walking tour will be between 2.5 and 3 hours.
WHY BOOK THIS CHICAGO HOLIDAY TOUR WITH CHICAGO DETOURS?
Who wants to listen to a volunteer tour docent reading from notecards? Not us! Our expert Chicago 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!
While we can’t predict the weather, we can promise you won’t get too cold! We do walk outside for 5-10 minutes at a time, so please do bundle up.
We have been selling out of this very popular holiday tour. If the tour date and time you want is sold-out, please consider our other public tours, such as the Historic Chicago Walking Bar Tour or the 1893 World’s Fair Tour with Bars!
Some elements of this tour may not be appropriate for children (eg: drinks, dead guys). We recommend this tour for ages 16 and up.
With groups of 9 or more, consider booking this holiday tour as a private group tour, great for families or corporate team building events for the holidays.