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Walk Chicago Tours

#31 of 165 Tours in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Downtown / The Loop
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Address: 78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602-4801
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+1 708-557-5400
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

Walk Chicago Tours is a privately owned walking tour service known for its...

Walk Chicago Tours is a privately owned walking tour service known for its personal amenities, experience and reasonable rates. Its concierge-like treatment of all of its guests, and the ability of its experienced guides to engage visitors through skillful story-telling have set standards in Chicago. It offers a "no-gimmicks" product delivered in an engaging and professional style. Personal treatment for guests begins at the outset of their day. If you are staying at a Loop area hotel, your guide greets you in the lobby to begin your tour experience. If you are a disabled tourist or have special needs to be addressed, Walk Chicago Tours devises a completely accessible itinerary at no extra cost. There is also no combining of groups or joining groups with strangers. Each tour reservation is a private promise...only your group with your own private guide(see FAQ page of their website). Guides at Walk Chicago Tours have been carefully chosen based upon their natural ability to engage visitors and to narrate historical facts,culture and urban lore. The company motto, "A Story on Every Corner", is typical of the ownership's insistence that Chicago's history,its neighborhoods,its culture and urban lore be delivered to visitors in an entertaining and informative manner that appeals to a wide array of groups. In fact,several of the guides are former teachers with years of experience at engaging listeners. The result has been the reputation that Walk Chicago Tours is Chicago's most competent story telling ambassador. No service is more zealous about wanting you to leave Chicago loving Chicago as much as they do. And, they attempt to do this at a price that fits the budget of every visitor. Large groups are accomodated by the use of multiple guides. See their website and visit their FAQ page for answers to most of your questions. Email or call and they will respond immediately. .

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Fantastic tour with James

My husband and I were celebrating our 22nd wedding anniversary last Saturday and decided to set up a tour based on the amazing reviews on Trip Advisor. Our expectations were far... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 weeks ago
Keego Harbor, Michigan
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We took a historical walking tour of Pilsen with Terry Sullivan. It was a birthday gift for my uncle who is a Chicago historian, but Terry was on his game! We started at the Thalia Theater and wandered all over the neighborhood from street art to historic Chicago architecture. Totally recommended for Chicago nerds / history buffs. Definitely adds another... More 

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Keego Harbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I were celebrating our 22nd wedding anniversary last Saturday and decided to set up a tour based on the amazing reviews on Trip Advisor. Our expectations were far exceeded for this experience with James. We started at the Chicago Cultural Center, then explored Millennium Park and the architecture along Michigan Avenue. We ended the tour in Lincoln... More 

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1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

I'd been to Chicago many times, but always either of that airport to hotel, walk to a steak house, then back to the airport and out variety or, when visiting friends or family, limited to one of the unique neighborhoods in Chicago, like Andersonville. All great, but never had I really gotten the lowdown, historically, architecturally, or anecdotally on the... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

First timer to Chicago and visiting to watch a rugby match. I thought a walking tour would give a good sense of the city and also let us see some behind the scenes Chicago you might not otherwise get to see. Terry didn't disappoint. We had quite an early start and got straight into finding out about the city starting... More 

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Lloydminster, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

My husband and I had a very informative walking tour. Our tour lasted 2 hours and we heard many interesting stories of how the downtown core of Chicago evolved and how the businesses have kept the history alive. We were truly captivated with the energy and knowledge Judith showed us. A highly recommended tour! Don't miss it! Thank-you Judith.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

One of the best things we did in Chicago. We took a 3 hour guided walk with Jim who's knowledge was superb. We learnt so much and were taken to some great buildings and hidden gems. Fantastic. Fully recommend.

Thank keithsarahdavid
Terry S, Owner at Walk Chicago Tours, responded to this review

Most generous of you, arah. We are pleased it was a memorable experience. Jim will be lauded by all of us here. Gratefully....Terry Sullivan...Owner More 

Chicago, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Really enjoyed our tour. Terry was very knowledgeable & interesting. My friend who accompanied me is a wheelchair user and I have a disability myself. The tour was very accessible, no problems at all. We visited the Chicago Cultural Center & Millennium Park. I have lived in the Chicago area most of my life and was able to learn things... More 

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Terry S, Owner at Walk Chicago Tours, responded to this review

The best to all at the Illinois Spina Bifida Association...our most sincere gratitude. Terry Sullivan Owner More 

Los Angeles, California
Level Contributor
4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Absolutely fabulous tour! I was looking forward to learning more about the neighborhood that several generations of my family lived in. Terry was able to accommodate my family on short notice, and he is a wealth of knowledge. He took us through the old neighborhood and gave us a deeper cultural and geographical understanding of our roots. I learned things... More 

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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

Expert friendly guides who have an exceptional knowledge of Chicago. Simply the most informative walking tour that one can do. Even lifelong Chicagoans will learn much about their city that they never knew! No visit to Chicago is complete without a Walk Chicago Tour! J Consolo, London

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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

This was a great tour. In our group of 6 we had 2 Chicago natives, 2 that had never been to Chicago before and 2 that had visited once or twice. We all learned something while enjoying a beautiful afternoon. Terry, our guide (and owner) was knowledgeable, friendly and had a great sense of humor. His communications when setting up... More 

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