What to expect
- Explore the history of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair with a knowledgeable guide
- Hear stories and fun facts while playing clue-based games with a chance to win prizes
- Enjoy enough food samples for a light meal and add a beer or glass of wine to the package
- Get to know Chicago's history with an innovate and educational touring experience
|Date||Start Time||Duration||# Spots||Price|
|Fri, Feb 22||1:30pm||3 hours||10+||$40.00|
|Sat, Feb 23||4:00pm||3 hours||10+||$40.00|
|Wed, Feb 27||5:45pm||3 hours||0||$40.00|
|Fri, Mar 1||1:30pm||3 hours||10+||$40.00|
|Sat, Mar 2||4:00pm||3 hours||10+||$40.00|
|Wed, Mar 6||5:45pm||3 hours||0||$40.00|
|Fri, Mar 8||1:30pm||3 hours||10+||$40.00|
|Sat, Mar 9||4:00pm||3 hours||10+||$40.00|
|Wed, Mar 13||5:45pm||3 hours||10+||$40.00|
|Fri, Mar 15||1:30pm||3 hours||10+||$40.00|
|Sat, Mar 16||4:00pm||3 hours||10+||$40.00|
|Wed, Mar 20||5:45pm||3 hours||0||$40.00|
|Fri, Mar 22||1:30pm||3 hours||10+||$40.00|
|Sat, Mar 23||4:00pm||3 hours||10+||$40.00|
|Wed, Mar 27||5:45pm||3 hours||0||$40.00|
|Fri, Mar 29||1:30pm||3 hours||10+||$40.00|
|Sat, Mar 30||4:00pm||3 hours||10+||$40.00|
|Wed, Apr 3||5:45pm||3 hours||0||$40.00|
|Fri, Apr 5||1:30pm||3 hours||10+||$40.00|
|Sat, Apr 6||4:00pm||3 hours||10+||$40.00|
|Wed, Apr 10||5:45pm||3 hours||0||$40.00|
|Fri, Apr 12||1:30pm||3 hours||10+||$40.00|
|Sat, Apr 13||4:00pm||3 hours||10+||$40.00|
|Wed, Apr 17||1:00pm||3 hours||10+||$40.00|
|Wed, Apr 17||5:45pm||3 hours||0||$40.00|
|Fri, Apr 19||1:30pm||3 hours||10+||$40.00|
|Sat, Apr 20||4:00pm||3 hours||10+||$40.00|
|Wed, Apr 24||1:00pm||3 hours||10+||$40.00|
|Wed, Apr 24||5:45pm||3 hours||0||$40.00|
|Fri, Apr 26||1:30pm||3 hours||10+||$40.00|
|Sat, Apr 27||4:00pm||3 hours||10+||$40.00|
|Wed, May 1||1:00pm||3 hours||10+||$40.00|
|Wed, May 1||5:45pm||3 hours||0||$40.00|
|Fri, May 3||1:30pm||3 hours||10+||$40.00|
|Sat, May 4||4:00pm||3 hours||10+||$40.00|
|Wed, May 8||1:00pm||3 hours||10+||$40.00|
|Wed, May 8||5:45pm||3 hours||0||$40.00|
|Fri, May 10||1:30pm||3 hours||10+||$40.00|
|Sat, May 11||4:00pm||3 hours||10+||$40.00|
|Wed, May 15||1:00pm||3 hours||10+||$40.00|
|Wed, May 15||5:45pm||3 hours||0||$40.00|
|Fri, May 17||1:30pm||3 hours||10+||$40.00|
|Sat, May 18||4:00pm||3 hours||10+||$40.00|
|Wed, May 22||1:00pm||3 hours||10+||$40.00|
|Wed, May 22||5:45pm||3 hours||0||$40.00|
|Fri, May 24||1:30pm||3 hours||10+||$40.00|
|Sat, May 25||4:00pm||3 hours||10+||$40.00|
|Wed, May 29||1:00pm||3 hours||10+||$40.00|
|Wed, May 29||5:45pm||3 hours||0||$40.00|
|Fri, May 31||1:30pm||3 hours||10+||$40.00|
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About this Activity
Highlights include a hotel built specifically for the fair, the Auditorium Building's magnificently expansive lobby, a ride on an elevator manned by a human operator, the last standing pre-Chicago Fire building, and the Chicago Athletic Hotel, which once served as an exclusive men's club.
Enjoy anecdotes, fun facts, and engage in in World's Fair history through clue-based games and visual scavenger hunts with a chance to win prizes! You'll also enjoy a couple of light snacks, and pause for a drink during a visit to the Berghoff Restaurant. At check-in, you will have the option of adding either a water, beer or glass of wine to the package.
It's fair to say that this innovative Chicago tour is going to be a world of fun!
Note: Includes three flights of beers (includes server gratuity)
|Price||$40.00 per guest|
|Duration / Session||3 hours|
|Rating||7 positive reviews|
Kenneth S.1893 World's Fair Tour with Bars July 14, 2018
Did not look at our paperwork saying it was a walking bar tour but went along anyway. Thought it was a bus type tour of the actual area. Too our surprise and pleasure it was so much more and way more informative. Our tour guide was very informative and we visited several sites that were in the city that were a very important part of the World Fair. And the group we were with were just great people. Will definitely tell others of the tour and we plan on taking more tours!
Brittany W.1893 World's Fair Tour with Bars March 15, 2017
We had a wonderful time on our "1893 World's Fair Tour with Bars" tour!! Our guide, Elizabeth, was fantastic in every way. Not only was she knowledgeable about the historical aspects of our tour, we threw her questions about Chicago history in general and she caught them all. She also did a wonderful job navigating our XL group through the streets of Chicago, and she elegantly handled a run-in with a heckler. I will definitely recommend this tour to friends and look for other Chicago Detours to attend!
Paul W.1893 World's Fair Tour with Bars January 3, 2017
We did the 1893 World Colombian Exposition Walking Tour with Food and Drink. We were super excited because it combined four of our favorite things: Chicago Architecture, the 1893 Colombian Exposition, Food, and Drink. It turned out the food and drink didn't live up to expectations, but the tour more than made up for it.
We signed up for the tour New Year's Eve Day and thought it would be a great way to send out what had been a really shitty 2016. We were told to meet in the bar in the lobby of the Congress Hotel and we were welcome to grab a drink. Our first disappointment: the bar was closed. I guess because it was New Year's Eve Day and the Hotel was preparing for NYE. Our tour guide, Alex, showed up and deemed surprised the bar was closed. I think he arranged for them to at least sell us wine and beer out of the restaurant, not the fancy cocktails we had hoped for. Oh, well. And the day before we had received an email that the Berghoff, a major stop on the tour for food and drink, was going to also be closed and that we would get a partial refund. So, I was kind of thinking this was going to be a bummer tour, but boy, was I wrong. We each had a single cocktail meatball on a toothpick and passed around a bag of popcorn as Alex talked about the Hotel and the Fair. Once Alex started telling us the history of the Congress Hotel, he really brought the hotel and the World's Fair era to life. We were a fairly large group (about a dozen) and Alex's narrative was supplemented by a couple of iPads that we passed around. Next, Alex took us past the Auditorium Theater to the Fine Arts Building where we got to ride up one of the last human operated elevators in Chicago. This was my favorite stop. We looked out over Grant Park from the Tenth Floor windows and here Alex really made the Fair come alive. We played a Scavenger Hunt type game where we got to know the others on the tour with us, but also this magnificent old building. Then a walking tour past another old building from the late 19th century tucked away in the Loop and the Magnificent Monadnock Building where we played another game. All the time we were walking, I found myself noticing architectural and other details I had never taken the time to notice even though I had walked these streets many times before. From the Monadnock, we went to Sullivan's Carson's building, now a Target, and played our last fun game in the grocery aisles of the Target. I ought to say, not only were the games fun, they reinforced what we were learning on the tour. Finally we end up at the Athletic Club where we got to explore the building before ending the tour with (finally!) a delicious cocktail.
I would recommend this tour to any one who is interested in or wanting to learn this important period of Chicago's history. Our tour guide was the perfect mix of Cub Scout Den Mother and Historian Geek, keeping the group together but also sharing his infectious excitement and even genuine passion about what he was showing us.
Nicole W.1893 World's Fair Tour with Bars July 20, 2016
You've read The Devil In The White City? Cool. A lot of people have. Chicago Detours' 1893 tour is way more fun that paging back and forth in that brick of a book trying to remember which architect did what and where for whom.
Our tour guide Elizabeth was great about showcasing the inner workings of the culture and vibe of various downtown buildings during the 1893 World's Fair. We were able to compare images on the (Chicago Detours provided) iPads to actual buildings we walked through. There was also a handful of trivia, games, etc. that kept the content engaging and light. And there was food. At Berghoff. Never a bad thing.
If you're looking for an interesting tour with great, engaging content, give the Chicago Detours World's Fair a go. It's the nice mix of history, culture, food, and fun.
Angela S.1893 World's Fair Tour with Bars July 10, 2016
I am fascinated by Chicago history, and if you're looking for a fun company outing, I highly recommend taking a Detour with Elizabeth!
I recently went with my co-workers on the 1893 World's Fair Tour and absolutely LOVED my experience. My grandmother was at the 1933 World's Fair, so I couldn't wait to learn more about the history of 1893. With a perfectly-sized group of 12, we started out at the Congress Hotel and worked our way around the area. Elizabeth had two iPads, one for each group to view photos and maps to accompany the tour. Without going into too much detail, I loved learning about underground passageways and seeing an alleyway stop I had no idea even existed! If you're an architecture buff you'll love this tour, because the stories all relate to the Fair.
One of my favorite stops was at the Berghoff, where we got to sample some favorites off the menu. Fun and games along the way made it possible for us to connect with the tour...but I won't tell you how.
Elizabeth is knowledgeable and easy to engage. Detour also has other tours, and I hear the south side one is a blast!
Leah S.1893 World's Fair Tour with Bars March 19, 2016
My boyfriend and I are from Chicago but thought taking one of these tours would be a fun way to learn more about our city. We took the Historic Pub Crawl Tour. It was so fun, informative and interactive. The use of iPads was creative and added another layer to the already unique tour. The tour was also super organized and flowed smoothly. Elizabeth was our guide and is super smart and engaging. Highly recommend!
Max P.1893 World's Fair Tour with Bars March 14, 2016
I did the HISTORIC PUB CRAWL, in June 2015. It's a great mixture of historic and Chicago insider knowledge as well as socializing with the other tour members.
A special thing to do, not even your concierge might know about ;-)