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Virtual Tours

Learn about the people, places and things that make Chicago the city we love


Virtual Tours and Talks

Join us for live, virtual tours when you can’t make it to our in-person walking tours! Be ready to ask questions and share ideas.

Registration is required. 

Our live, interactive tour experiences have been recommended by:

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We accept support for free, virtual tours via Venmo @chicagodetours or Zelle: [email protected]


Mondays – 6:00pm-6:30pm CDT

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Live conversations with interpreters of Chicago history and architecture through art, photography, artifacts, advocacy, archives, literature, journalism and more. FREE

  • Mon, August 24 “Conversations: Zac Bleicher from Edgar Miller Legacy” Alex
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  • Fri, Aug 14, 6:00pm CDT – “A Deep Slice of Chicago Food History” Alex – $15
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  • Thurs, Aug 27, 6:00pm CDT – “Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair” Amanda – $15
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  • Fri, Sept. 11, 6:00pm CDT – “Da Beers:  A Chicago Drinking History” Amanda $15
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  • Sat, Sept 19, 1:00pm CDT – “Cruise from Your Couch Boat Tour” Alex   -$18
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Thursdays – 6:00pm-6:30pm CDT

This 12-week course of 30-minute interactive talks is a summer study session in Chicago’s most renowned feature. FREE

  • Thurs, Aug 13 “Chicago Homes from Workers Cottages to McMansions”  Alex
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  • Thurs, Aug 20 “The Contemporary City”  Amanda
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Rent the Entire Series

Rent all the crash course videos for $19.99! Includes “Cruise from Your Couch Virtual Boat Tour” as a bonus, which we usually don’t share with anyone!


  • “Chicago’s Earliest Buildings, from Wigwams to Taverns”
  • “The Great Chicago Fire and the Gilded Age”
  • “The First Chicago School of Architecture & Early Skyscrapers”
  • “Urban Planning: the White City to Wacker Drive”
  • “Wright’s Philosophies & the Prairie School”
  • “The Glamorous Art Deco Age”
  • “The Human Experience of Mies and Modernism”
  • “Urban Crisis: Redevelopment & Historic Preservation”
  • “Bodaciously Brutalist & ‘Shoulder Pads’ Postmodernism” 


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Top-Rated Virtual Tours

“I’m kind of addicted to these virtual tours!” – Jill N.tripadvisor five bubble review

Super fun and informative — I even had a couple of beers while I was learning about drinking history.– Jim H. 


Private Virtual Tours of  Chicagozoom faces on a remote virtual team building tour

Private virtual tours are a fun and safe way to stay connected with your team, friends or family. During a virtual tour, you and your group will explore topics in architecture, food history, or jazz and blues, in both downtown Chicago and our diverse neighborhoods while interacting with each other. Visit our Virtual Team Building page to learn more.


Call: 312.350.1131
E-Mail: [email protected]