Celebrating Five Years in the Group Tour Business

By Amanda on July 20, 2015


We are pretty excited for our 5-Year Anniversary Bash on August 8. If you’d like to join us for this special celebration, you will get a taste of our new “Big Shoulders Historic Bar and Food Bus Tour,” which is the latest addition to our roster of tours for private groups. An abbreviated version of the tour will allow us time for a special bonus stop – a reception at a Gilded Age mansion in Bronzeville.

welcome-inn-manor-minIt’s been quite a journey! We got our start as a solo operation and are now a team of six. We developed more than 15 private group tours of architectural interiors, jazz and blues, Chicago neighborhoods, and historic bars. We are one of very few Chicago tour companies to maintain five stars on both Yelp and TripAdvisor. Our public and private group tours have hosted thousands of curious guests. We seamlessly executed large group tours for as many as 225 guests at the same time.

We also designed a Pedway map, received press from around the world, had numerous public speaking engagements including a PechaKucha, collaborated with incredible colleagues, supported community initiatives, and explored fascinating nooks and crannies of Chicago.Historic bar crawl pub tour

We couldn’t have done it without the support of our private tour clients, public tour guests, DMCs and event planners, partners, collaborators, friends and family. Thank you!
We look forward to many more years of creating enriching content and experiences of Chicago’s incredible history and architecture with you.

This blog post shows the more outward accomplishments of Chicago Detours over these years. Closer to our 5-year bash date, I will be posting a more personal perspective on the rewards and challenges of running a small group tour business.

— Amanda Scotese, Executive Director