Eventually, I think, Chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the world.”
– Frank Lloyd Wright
Exuberant, adventurous and even a little mischievous, Chicago woos visitors from all over the world with its stunning architecture, remarkable museums and vibrant nightlife.
Chicago's Best Tours
- Architectural River Cruise
Visitors and Chicagoans alike say that the best way to really see the city’s profile is on architectural cruise along the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. Guests view an extraordinary array of great structures, including Lake Point Tower, Wrigley Building, IBM Building, NBC Tower, Tribune Tower, Civic Opera House, Sears Tower, Marina City, Board of Trade, and scores more. An architectural docent provides entertaining live narration featuring an overview of architecture and history. Guests will find out little known facts about the history of Chicago’s buildings, without the omission of the juicier details-scandal, corruption, conflict: all the material that makes for great entertainment.
- Highlights of Chicago
Those famous Chicago winds have blown in a massive transformation. Chicago’s motto, “City in a Garden,” is much more than a catchy slogan. Lines of newly planted trees grace lush parkways and gardens. Planters filled with varieties of vibrant plants and flowers line the streets. The extraordinary and vast Millennium Park stretches from Michigan Avenue to the glorious lakefront. Navy Pier – Chicago’s number one tourist attraction – imparts a carnival-like atmosphere to the city year-round. The ever-increasing shopping attractions along the Magnificent Mile, the expanding theatre scene, and a plethora of world-class museums fill the city with effervescence and variety.
Guests can see major new, exciting, and unique additions on an all-encompassing tour covering the city’s major features in the downtown area, north and south sides. They will see Chicago’s vistas from major parks, including Grant, Lincoln and new and impressive Millennium Park. Guests experience first-hand why multitudes acclaim Chicago as “an outdoor museum of architecture.”
- Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio
Guests will have the opportunity to visit the home and studio of one of the most creative and influential architectural geniuses of all time! In 1889, twenty-two year old Frank Lloyd Wright, lacking both formal training and an academic degree, began a quiet movement in the Oak Park house he designed and built for a growing family. As his fame grew, the movement became a revolution and the residence expanded into an office, then a workshop and studio in which to test the astonishing new style. From this home, his imaginative art and daring “Prairie School” designs became world famous. More than a century later, it ranks as America’s most influential architectural expression. Specially trained architectural docents conduct comprehensive, small group inspections of the residence, now fully restored to its original 1889 appearance.
A second visit will be made to nearby Unity Temple. Wright called it “my little jewel box.” The world celebrates it as one of his most daring works; a three-dimensional series of complex rectilinear solids cast in reinforced concrete, which remains virtually unchanged to this day.
- Segway Tours
What exactly is a Segway? It is a revolutionary, self-balancing personal transportation device designed to go anywhere people do. Easy to use and operate, the two-wheeled Segway sports high-tech gyroscopes that automatically respond to the body’s movements, “sensing” when it should speed up and slow down. Riders stand on a small platform between left and right wheels, holding onto handlebars at a comfortable waist height. The Segway handles the balancing, so that riders are always upright and gliding through any environment.
While riding these state-of-the-art vehicles, guests will visit Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park, the Lakefront Bike Path, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, and the Field Museum. Because of the advantages of the Segway Tour, there is plenty of time to stop for photo-ops, and guests will return feeling rested, with enough energy to enjoy Chicago’s vibrant nightlife!
- Devil In The White City
Discover the majesty and mayhem of the greatest fair in history! Based on author Erik Larson’s bestselling book, The Devil in the White City, this exciting tour will take you on a trip back in time to discover the sights and stories of the 1893 Word’s Columbian Exposition. The Devil in the White City, intertwines the true tale of two men: the brilliant architect Daniel Burnham, who was behind the legendary 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago, and the cunning serial killer, H.H. Holmes, who used the fair to lure his victims to their death. Through stories of grand plans and sinister plots, this tour will take you on a journey to explore many of the sights that fairgoers would have seen in 1893. See Fredrick Law Olmsted’s Wooded Island, Osaka Gardens and the storied Midway Plaisance, and more!
- Bikes Along the Lakefront
On this exciting and energetic tour guests will have the opportunity to capture the splendor of this glorious lakefront that frames world-famous architecture on an exhilarating bicycle tour past northside beaches, parks, monuments and historic landmarks.
Traveling on protected paths with a qualified tour guide, guests stop at historic and scenic locations, including Planetarium Point where, gazing upon the magnificent skyline, the guide will explain the forces that led to the birth of modern architecture in Chicago.
- Chicago Cubs Baseball Game
Imagine the roar of the crowd, the dense aroma of beer and hot dogs wafting in the gentle breeze, the shattering crack of the ball as it hits the bat; imagine experiencing all the excitement of a Cubs Game at the historic Wrigley Field! Guests will have the exciting opportunity to share in the experience of watching a baseball game with some of the most spirited fans in baseball history: Cubs fans! This is the unique Chicago experience that will be relished for years to come.
- U-505 at Museum of Science & Industry
The Museum of Science and Industry, one of the most beloved and visited museums in the world, has origins that are tied to two great World’s Fairs and to civic spirit and imagination of Chicago businessman Julius Rosenwald. Rosenwald created America’s first center for “industrial enlightenment”: a vehicle for public science education. With the help of other Midwest business leaders, Rosenwald restored and converted the Palace of Fine Arts, the last remaining major structure from the 1893 World’s Fair, into a new type of American museum – where visitors could interact with the exhibits, not just view displays and artifacts. In 1933, the Museum of Science and Industry opened to the public, at the same time as the Century of Progress Exposition.
The latest interactive exhibit is the U-505 Submarine resurfacing in a new 35,000-square-foot interactive exhibit that immerses guests in the sub’s compelling tale through dramatic representations, interactive challenges, nearly 200 artifacts and testimony from veterans who captured the German U-boat. Guests will maneuver through the cramped quarters where the crew spent most of their days and nights, see the radio and sound room where the legendary Enigma machine was found and recovered by the U.S. Navy, walk past the nine-cylinder, 2,170 horsepower diesel engines and find out where the U-505 fired her final shot.