On the Right Path: Chicago’s Best Tours
18 September 2018
What makes tourism in Chicago exceptional? The rich variety of ways to authentically experience the city. Whether you’re an architecture buff, a foodie or even a cinephile, there are more than enough activities to keep you engaged. Not all attractions are reserved for tourists either; some Chicago locals might even learn a thing or two.
Locating these haunts can be a hassle, and packing it all in a day seems impossible, but Chicago’s plethora of tours makes it easy — you just need to pick a theme and a mode of transportation. Here are some of the most popular and top-rated tours, many of which embark close to 1000M.
Chicago Helicopter Experience
There are plenty of opportunities to get a great view of the Chicago skyline on land, but nothing matches a view from above. Chicago Helicopter Experience offers the most iconic photos ops of Navy Pier, Buckingham Fountain, and Lake Shore Drive day and night. The trip lasts a mere fifteen minutes, but you won’t soon forget an extravagant experience like this.
The Chicago Helicopter Experience trips leave from their Bridgeport helipad on 2420 S Halsted St throughout the day, you can book your flight here.
Chicago Film Tour
If you’re a fan of the classic Chicago movies like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and The Blues Brothers then you’ll enjoy this film-centric bus tour that stops by many famous locations featured in movies both new and old. The tour lasts approximately two hours and covers nearly 30 miles of Chicago’s roads.
The Chicago FIlm Tour departs on weekends, Sat & Sun, at 10:30 and 12:30 from Clark Street between Ohio and Ontario. Click here for more information.
Urban Kayak Tours
Urban Kayaks offers a chance for you to get your feet wet, literally. Explore Chicago via the Chicago River on a guide-led paddle or solo session. There are two locations and the programs differ depending on your interests (at the Monroe Harbor location, for example, you can take a paddleboard yoga class with a great view of the Chicago skyline, or take your dog for an aquatic excursion).
Urban Kayak is located on the Chicago Riverwalk at 435 E. Chicago Riverwalk and Monroe Harbor at 111 N. Lake Shore Dr. Tours can be booked via their website, here.
If entertainment is what you’re looking to get out of a Chicago tour, then Margaret Hicks at Chicago Elevated is the tour guide for you. Hicks’ experience in both improv and comedy guarantees that she’ll never give the same tour twice. She offers tours of the Chicago Pedway, a great alternative to facing Chicago’s varying weather, and the Loop. Chicago Elevated offers highlights of seminal architecture while also contextualizing it with Chicago history and offbeat comedy.
For available dates and times, visit the Chicago Elevated website here.
Chicago Architecture Tours
If you’ve read our previous post on new museums in Chicago, then you know the Chicago Architecture Foundation offers the best tours in Chicago. You’ll feast your eyes on more than 50 architectural landmarks in just 90 minutes on this river cruise. Tour guides are certified by the foundation to deliver a thoughtful and concise narrative about Chicago’s growth from settlement to city. If you get seasick easily, there are also tours by bus, train, or on foot.
Visit the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s website for a list of all tours by clicking here.