Presented by Chicago Detours, Historic Chicago Walking Bar Tour offers a 2.5-hour experience sampling some of the area’s best eats and drinks, seeing the beautiful architecture and learning about its history from the Prohibition era. Highlights include Tribune Tower, the famous Billy Goat Tavern, a 19th-century mansion, a former historic jazz club and speakeasy, Magnificent Mile and more.
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 Argo Tea at 435 N. Michigan Ave, which is Tribune Tower.
Where does the tour end?
The tour makes a circle so that it ends one block north of our starting point.
Are drinks included?
No, we don’t include the drinks in the Historic Chicago Bar Tour. We want to give non-drinkers the option of soda and water, and give drinkers the option of wine and beer. These are all at different price points and paid for in cash at the start of the tour. Just fyi, while this could be called a pub crawl, it’s definitely an educational pub crawl.
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 end location.
Is audio, video or photography allowed?
Please no video or audio recording devices. Minimal note-taking permitted. Photography during 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?
The Historic Chicago Bar Walking Tour enters into bars and is most appropriate for teens age 16 and up.
Are there bathrooms on the tour?
We advise a bathroom break before the tour.