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Why Choose Chicago Detours for a Private Tour

Why Choose Chicago Detours


From corporate team-building to wedding celebrations, our private group tours are memorable special events in Chicago. This page is a quick guide to help you assess if Chicago Detours is the right tour company for your group.

Corporate Team Building Events

If you’re looking for a fun, educational experience that your corporate team will remember, our walking tours and bus tours of Chicago guarantee team bonding. Catering to a well-traveled clientele, our architectural and historical tours of Chicago appeal to Chicago locals and visitors alike. Our private tours are not passive experiences. Your corporate team-building group will interact with each other, visual media, and the Chicago architecture around them. For evening tours with corporate groups, we suggest the Historic Chicago Bar Tour Pub Crawl, the Big Shoulders Historic Bar and Food Bus Tour, or a tour of Chicago Jazz and Blues. These are all fun, memorable experiences for corporate team building outings.

Guests enjoying stories, food on our Old Polonia and Wicker Park Tour Photo by Pawel Skrabacz

Family Reunions and Wedding Celebrations

Chicago is often a perfect meeting point for families spread around the country. A private tour of Chicago for your family reunion will engage
people with Chicago architecture, history and culture in new and unexpected ways. Especially if you have family coming in from far-off corners of the world for a wedding, a private city tour offers an excellent gesture of appreciation. Your family will share a memorable experience together to reflect on for years to come. We suggest a combination of the Detour 101 Chicago Highlights Tour with the Loop Interior Architecture Walking Tour.

For details on how our private group tours can fit with your wedding celebration, please read more here. We are a proud member of the Green Wedding Alliance, a network of environmentally and socially responsible event vendors.

Bachelorette or Bachelor Parties

Want more than bar hopping for your bachelorette or bachelor party? Both our Historic Chicago Bar Walking Tour and the Big Shoulders Historic Bar and Food Bus Tour are excellent ice-breakers for a fun beginning to an evening celebration of an upcoming wedding. These tours include food and drinks, and beyond drinking the tour is about learning together.

Incentive Groups and Convention Outings

Travelers now have the internet, so a basic Chicago highlights tour of just basic facts and trivia just doesn’t cut it anymore. Our private tours are designed as special events. Like a good film or book, the stories build with drama and unexpected twists. Our top-notch tour guides share new concepts and ideas in relating to the best of Chicago architecture. Incentive groups, spouse tours, and convention groups appreciate the value built into our top-rated tours of Chicago.

Our Style of Private Tour

Experience an Authentic Chicago

Our specialty is in taking people to explore “stories and places locals don’t even know.” This means that either we take you to Chicago highlights and give you forgotten stories that we dig up from archival research, or we point out overlooked architecture and the everyday landscape that also have their own fascinating histories.

Guests on our 1893 World's Fair Tour with Bars.

Open Up New Concepts in Architecture

Architecture can be boring when it entails lots of dates, names, and architectural terminology. Our Chicago tours focus on the cultural insights that architecture can give us into the past. Your group will enjoy the visual pleasure of actively looking at architectural features of buildings on a private tour with us. Some of our architectural tours touch upon ideas in the psychology behind architectural design. All of our tours use buildings to tell a story of history.

Learn from Some of the Best Tour Guides in Chicago

Our tour guides are trained professionals with backgrounds in architecture, history and art history. They are not volunteer tour docents. They are hired for their enthusiasm, professionalism, and knowledge. We guarantee they will give your private group a memorable experience of Chicago architecture, history, and culture.

All-star guide Elizabeth in action. Photo by Cherie Tieri

Interact with Each Other

Your corporate team, family or other group will enjoy the social dynamic of our private tours. The guide asks questions, and everyone interacts with each other, urban space, and archival audio-visual media for an active exploration of the city. Our tours are memorable bonding experiences.


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