Presented by Chicago Detours, 1893 World’s Fair Tour with Bars and Food offers a three-hour experience that’s broken up into 95% indoors and 5% outdoors. Tour highlights include seeing the grand lobby of the Auditorium Building, tasting mouth watering German food at the Berghoff Restaurant, a secret alley building, one of the last elevators with a human operator in downtown Chicago and more.
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How early should I arrive?
We suggest arriving 10-15 minutes prior to your tour time. Also, consider time for parking.
Where does the tour begin?
You will meet inside the main lobby of the Congress Plaza Hotel at 520 S. Michigan Ave. Come early and grab yourself a drink in the bar, located in the lobby.
Where does the tour end?
The walking tour ends at Chicago Athletic Hotel, 12 S. Michigan Ave.
What should I wear?
We suggest comfortable walking shoes. Please be prepared to walk or stand for the tour duration. We advise a bathroom break. While we are not outside for most of the duration of our Chicago walking tours, please come prepared, i.e. water, umbrella.
Is parking available?
Chicago Detours offers our guests a special discounted rate for parking at the Grant Park North Garage, accessible from Michigan Avenue at Randolph Street. Rate is $15 ($38 value), valid up to 12 hours. Upon check-in for the tour, ask the tour guide for a voucher for the discounted rate. This is four blocks from the tour meeting point, and right at the tour's end location.
Is audio, video or photography allowed?
Please, no video or audio recording devices. Minimal note-taking permitted. Photography during the tour is welcome – but don’t get left behind!
Does the walking tour operate rain or shine?
Rain or shine we go! No refunds. In the case of serious conditions, we’ll call you.
Is the tour appropriate for children?
We welcome kids but adults will have a better time! We let you judge whether your child is interested in history
Are there bathrooms on the tour?
We advise a bathroom break before the tour.