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1893 Chicago World’s Fair Tour with Bars

Architecture, history, games, and drinks!
More than The Devil in the White City

The 1893 Chicago World’s Fair captures imaginations more than any other event in the city’s history. On the Chicago World’s Fair Tour your private group will consider how and why this is so intriguing. Please call us at 312.350.1131 for more information and to book this private Chicago architecture walking tour. 


You may know that the 1893 World’s Fair took place on Chicago’s South Side. However, the imprint of this major event in Chicago history is much more visible in the architecture and landscape of downtown. Your private Chicago tour visit buildings built specifically for the World’s Columbian Exposition and a secret building, hidden down an alleyway, that was a restaurant during the World’s Fair.

The 1893 Chicago World’s Fair Tour with Bars for private groups is much more than just a tour! In addition to drinking and learning about the history of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, your group will divide into two competing teams for quick, fun, and educational games. Light snacks are included, too.

We’ll share stories of the 1893 World’s Fair’s lavish exhibits of food, engineering, and technology. You’ll learn of the surprising history of popcorn. We’ll have a drink at the famous Berghoff, and you get two other chances on the tour to get your own adult beverages (drink packages available for private groups)! Because groups step outside only intermittently, this mostly indoor walking tour is great for any kind of Chicago weather.

On another World’s Fair tour or Devil in the White City tour, you might only hear facts and trivia. Our 1893 Chicago World’s Fair Tour goes deeper. We sifted through archives, designed games, and studied photographs to make a fun and thought-provoking private walking tour. We hope you’ll bring your family or corporate group to explore Chicago with us!


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!

This Chicago architecture walking tour is also available as a public tour for eight or less guests, and is great for family outings and corporate events.

As you look into possibilities for your Chicago private tour, read this quick guide to Chicago Detours will be the best tour company for your event.


3 hours


.9 Miles


  • Brilliant mosaics in a hotel built for the Chicago 1893 World’s Fair
  • The organic architecture of Louis Sullivan’s Auditorium Building
  • Ride an elevators with a human operator
  • Lager beer at the historic Berghoff Restaurant
  • A tiny building sandwiched into an alley
  • The impressive interiors of the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

Stories & Ideas

  • The dramatic cultural changes around the turn of the 20th century
  • The fair’s vast arrays of food, including a food sculpture
  • Parlor songs of the past
  • Consumer culture and the beginnings of advertising
  • The carnival amusements of the fair’s Midway

Tour Includes

  • Engaging tour guide commentary
  • Shared use of iPads
  • Games
  • Prizes
  • Drinks
  • Light snacks
  • Taxes and gratuities
  • You can also upgrade your drink package and/or choose to

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Call: 312.350.1131
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