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Chicago History and Architecture Tour

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    Get to know the history of Chicago on this educational and entertaining walking tour.
    Beginning on North Michigan Avenue in the Wrigley Building Plaza, enjoy a beverage at Peet’s Coffee and Tea while listening to the history of the Windy City. Learn how this once-swampland became one of the world’s leading cities — in just under 200 years.
    Find out more about Marquette and Joliet and Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable — plus the Fort Dearborn Massacre, the Great Chicago Fire, the 1893 World’s Fair, the Union Stockyards and much more.
    See some of Chicago’s architectural monuments along the Chicago River. Walk across the famous Michigan Avenue Bridge to the pedestrian waterfront Chicago Riverwalk, with newly expanded options for dining and entertainment. Also, see the Wrigley Building, Mather Tower, Wolf Point, Lyric Opera of Chicago and much more.
    Then, learn to navigate the Pedway, a system of underground tunnels and overhead bridges in the heart of the Windy City, connecting over 40 blocks in the Loop. Learn to navigate these winding passages and discover some of the city’s first skyscrapers.
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    Reviewed 2 days ago

    Mr. O’Connell’s tours are not to be missed whether you’re a tourist or a lifelong Chicago resident. He is extremely knowledgeable about the area, history and architecture. Mr. O’Connell has a plethora of fascinating tales to tell about the subject. His stories bring history to...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Penrg50
    Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

    Rick is the best. As is this tour. He has awesome insight. Plays a trivia competition ( I may have been able to get half) and he offers a worthwhile prize for the winner (my wife won!). I won’t spoil it but both the history...More

    Thank Espo56
    Reviewed 4 weeks ago

    I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this tour! Rick was excellent! I would definitely recommend

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Anisha W
    Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

    My group has done several of Dan's tours and we keep going back for more! His depth of knowledge and passion for the city makes each tour fascinating.

    Date of experience: July 2019
    1  Thank Laura G
    Reviewed 13 July 2019

    Rick is a great tour guide very knowledgeable and fun to spend an afternoon with. We live in the area but saw things we never saw before. It is nice to hear about the history of the city. He is very concerned about all of...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank marmakai
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