What you'll do
This very special walking tour digs into how and why the 1893 World’s Fair captures imaginations more than any other event in Chicago history. Unlike other World’s Fair tours and Devil in the White City tours, which likely revolve around facts and trivia, you’ll dig deeper on this tour. On this fun and insightful walking tour, you’ll venture into beautiful architectural spaces from the era. You will play a few thoughtfully designed games, like visual scavenger hunts. Along with guide commentary, your guide will show you on shared iPads material from archives and photographs that illuminate this event, also known as the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. This downtown tour visits some of the few remaining and spectacular buildings from the time of the World’s Fair. The fairgrounds themselves were south of downtown, but you can best see the impact of the fair in the Loop. Here the architecture and landscape still show the World’s Fair imprint even today, nearly 125 years later. And beyond just looking at buildings from outside, our mostly indoor walking tour sees the beauty of architectural details within.
Elizabeth And Marie
Elizabeth and Marie are tour guides for Chicago Detours, a tour company for curious people. Chicago Detours has been sharing stories and places locals don't even know through guided tours of interior architecture, historic bars, and Chicago neighborhoods since 2010. Elizabeth is a very Midwestern girl – born and raised in Chicago. History and languages are her passion. She's a graduate of UIC and went on to complete graduate coursework in France. Elizabeth has been a tour guide with Chicago Detours for over 7 years. Marie has an M.A. in US History and moved to Chicago to pursue a PhD in Urban History at UIC. She has been sharing her love for the city's history and architecture as a Chicago Detours tour guide since 2017.
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At the tour meeting spot, we welcome you to get a drink at the bar before check-in. To streamline the tour, we take your…
*Professional tour guide commentary *Shared iPads with historic photos *Game prizes and gifts
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Where you'll be
1893 World’s Fair Walking Tour Highlights *Colorful mosaics in a hotel built for the 1893 World’s Fair *The sweeping grand lobby of the Auditorium Building *Ride one of the last elevators downtown with a human operator *A secret alley building *The opulent Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, once an exclusive men’s club
Things to keep in mind
Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 8 guests ages 18 and up can attend.
1893 World’s Fair Tour with Bars