Get ready to sample Chicago’s iconic food, including deep dish pizza, the original chocolate brownie, and local craft beers. This walking tour brings you around to some of the most renowned restaurants and bars in the city. Along the way, you’ll come across Chicago’s landmarks, well-known neighborhoods, and historic spots. This tour is not recommended for kids under the age of 17.
Is there an age limit for this tour?
Since the tour does go into Chicago bars, it is not recommended for children under the age of 17. However, this is up to the parent’s discretion.
How long and strenuous is the tour?
This is a 2.5-hour guided tour across 1.5 miles. However, the pace is easy and ideal for all ages and activity levels.
May I bring my dog on this tour?
Sorry, pets are not allowed on the tours.
Will there be breaks for restrooms?
Our walking tours start at various locations around the City and while we do our best to accommodate restrooms at the start of your tour, we do highly recommend using the restroom prior to arrival to your tour. We will have restroom stops built into each walking tour. For our food and walking tours, all of the restaurants we visit will have restrooms to use.
Do you offer water on your tours?
We do not provide water on our tours due to the fact that they all originate from locations outside of our headquarters. Please plan ahead and bring water with you. For our culinary, restaurant and food tours our restaurant partners will provide water free of charge.
Do you have a stroller I can use for my child?
No stroller, no problem! We rent strollers out for daily use, multi-daily use. But most of our walking tours do not originate from our bike shop. You will want to make arrangements in advance to rent and pick up your stroller. Please note that our tour guides many times meet the group directly in the neighborhood covered on the tour, without stopping at the bike shop, so we cannot deliver strollers to you.
Are your tours ADA accessible?
All of our walking tours at the present moment do allow for ADA compliant and wheelchair accessible. But please note that sometimes our restaurants change and we cannot guarantee every restaurant will not include stairs of some sort which might make things difficult. A majority of our stops should be ADA compliant.
What should I wear? What should I bring?
We recommend you bring small items such as an ID, credit card and cash (to tip the guide), cell phone, and camera. We suggest tennis shoes and comfortable, loose-fitting clothes that are appropriate for the weather conditions on the day of your tour. We strongly suggest you wear layers, particularly in spring and fall. Many of our tours are downtown, close to Lake Michigan, which is one of the largest lakes in the world and can alter the temperature quickly based on the direction of the wind.
How much walking is involved?
Not more than you can handle! The pace is usually good for everyone. We’ve rated each tour-level so that you can pick the right tour for you. We do stop at various points of interest and attractions so that you can have a brief rest while our tour guides explain the history of Chicago in a way that brings the stories to life. While you want to make sure the distance we cover is suitable for you, remember that we will never be walking continuously for that amount of time. We will have 6-8 stops mixed in along the route for resting periods and to learn about Chicago. Please note that with some of our walking tours there are some stairs that we navigate during the tour.
Are tours offered in bad weather?
We run most of our tours in any type of weather. Walking tours run year round as they are less dependent on stable weather for their operation. During the nicer months, we use the beautiful outdoor promenades for our walking tours. And during inclement weather, we can duck down and use Chicago’s unique underground pedway system to get from point to point. Just remember to always dress for the weather. Because our walking tours do not leave from our headquarter location, we do not provide rain ponchos should a pop-up shower occur.
Are guide gratuities included in the price?
The tour price does not include gratuities in the cost of our tours. If you had a great time gratuities are accepted by our tour guides.