HOLIDAY TOUR OF DRINKS, DALEYS, AND DEAD GUYS DETAILS
Join fellow University of Chicago alumni on a historic Chicago pub crawl with an educational twist! Chicago Detours Executive Director and UChicago alumna Amanda Scotese will lead the walking tour. Special for this tour, we are offering a discounted tour price of $34.
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 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 HOLIDAY 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 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.
Our events with UChicago alumni sell out quickly. This is limited to XX guests. We advise you to book asap if interested! OR IF YOU CAN’T MAKE IT, WE OFFER THE TOUR REGULARLY TO THE PUBLIC. SEE PUBLIC TOUR SCHEDULE HERE.
We hope you’ll join us. You’ll get to meet the ever interesting community of UChicago alumni! Book your tour now as our events with the University of Chicago Alumni Club have all sold out.