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Public Speaking Presentations

For an engaging, professional presentation of Chicago architecture, history and culture.

With more than a decade’s experience as a tour guide, Chicago Detours’ Executive Director Amanda Scotese is a professional Chicago public speaker. Groups enjoy her casual, informative and fun public speaking approach for special events, conferences, and “lunch and learn” programs in Chicago.  Learn about the Pedway system, Chicago’s famous skyline, the everyday architecture of Chicago neighborhoods and more.


Engaging public presentations on the city’s history and architecture are a natural extension of the company’s mission to share stories and places locals don’t even know. Amanda launched Chicago Detours in 2010 after a decade as Tour Guide and Guidebook Researcher in Italy with Rick Steves’ Europe. As Executive Director of Chicago Detours, she has spent almost 10 years designing and sharing creative tour experiences that are fun, educational and truly make guests feel connected with the city. A public-speaking presentation basically is a chance to bring a private tour to your location!

Chicago Detours has a passionate team of educators, historians, artists and storytellers with a reputation as some of the best tour guides in the city. Many of our guides hold degrees from respected institutions like the University of Michigan and the University of Chicago. Beyond these credentials, Chicago Detours guides:

  • Are dedicated educators and hold relevant degrees.
  • Like to have a good time!
  • Possess an undying love for the city of Chicago.

Chicago Detours’ guides go through extensive training in dynamic public speaking and flawless experience coordination. Our tour guides have superior knowledge of Chicago architecture and history. As public speakers, they seek to inspire new perspectives on the city’s architecture and history.


  • Overview of Chicago history and architecture
  • Tips on Chicago travel
  • The Chicago Pedway System
  • Chicago innovation over history
  • Off-the-beaten path Chicago
  • Chicago neighborhoods
  • The architecture of Chicago’s private clubs
  • Chicago sports history
  • Prohibition in Chicago
  • LGBT history of Chicago


Our highly-trained, expert tour guides are smart, fun and passionate about Chicago architecture and history. We share the human side along with the secret stories behind buildings and new ideas in appreciating architecture.

As you look into possibilities for your Chicago private group event, this quick guide may help you determine if we would be the best Chicago tour company for your special event. Dates book up quick, so call us now to reserve a spot for your group event!

“Amanda’s presentation was the high point of our special event. Everyone discovered things they didn’t know about, including those from Chicago.”





  • Engaging, entertaining professional speakers
  • Insightful approaches to Chicago history and architecture
  • Archival images and multimedia
  • Stories that even locals don't know

Stories & Ideas

  • Hear about Chicago innovation throughout history
  • Learn about nuances of architectural construction
  • Get the lowdown on the Chicago Pedway System
  • Consider the constant change of Chicago neighborhoods

Tour Includes

  • Presentation by professional Chicago tour guide
  • Visuals presented via projector with maps, historic photos, archival film clips
  • Giveaways like gift cards to Chicago tours or printed Pedway maps

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