What to expect
- Learn about the fascinating history of Lincoln Park on this informative guided walking tour
- Explore a cultural center and youthful area of Chicago with nearby DuPaul University
- Follow your expert guide to hear about the Valentines Day massacre and the death of the infamous John Dillinger
- Stop by at the Wise Fool's pub, and end your night with passes to the Kingston BLUES club
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About this Activity
Note: A max of 5 people can book at a time as per our partner's strict group booking policy. If you are group of 6 or more and place multiple bookings to go around our partner's restriction, our partner will immediately cancel your bookings. As this tour is no cost upfront, you have the opportunity to name your price depending on how you value the tour, pay-what-you-wish is for every budget! This tour works on the honor system, so please understand that if you make a reservation and don't show up without 24 hour notice, future tours will be placed on stand-by status.
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Sam G.Lincoln Park and Gangster Tour August 27, 2017
Really knowledgeable, excellent tour guide. I took the architectural tour and found it to be a totally worthwhile experience. Would definitely recommend as an affordable option
Poornima S.Lincoln Park and Gangster Tour August 16, 2017
The architecture tour was amazing! Discovered so many new facts elaborately about Chicago. Alexander was great and included every detail part of the history.
Stacey W.Lincoln Park and Gangster Tour August 14, 2017
Good free tour today. Lasted about one hour and 45 minutes. Started slightly after 2 p.m., had a break midpoint, and ended before 4 p.m. Would have been nice if it incorporated Navy Pier as it ends a little distance away from the Pier. Had about 20 people on the walking tour. Learned about Chicago, walked a good distance (incl. up and down stairs to the Riverwalk), and got good views of the city.
Kevin G.Lincoln Park and Gangster Tour August 11, 2017
Liked the tour. Good stuff: weather was great. Jessica did a great job introducing herself and the tour. She passed along a lot of history and was very well spoken. The tour covers a lot of territory at a casual pace. Not too many participants so group could stay together.
Stuff to work on: Jessica has a very soft voice. It was difficult to hear and understand her on many occasions due to noise volumes in the city. I would suggest some sort of amplifier so she could be better heard. She also had a tendency to look away from the group while she was showing us a building. I know this is natural but it also makes it hard to hear her speech.
Not complaining because we did enjoy the tour. Hopefully some constructive info. Would love to do another tour with her.
Eve K.Lincoln Park and Gangster Tour July 19, 2017
Alexander did a fantastic job on the Architecture tour, guiding us around the loop and giving really great historical tidbits along the way. I (as a nerd and a know it all) was somewhat pessimistic as to what the actual quality of the tour would be, since it is set your own price, but i was in no way disappointed. In fact I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of detail and the extra knowledge that Alexander included.
Great tour, especially if you're seeing
Chicago on a budget.
Alida R.Lincoln Park and Gangster Tour July 16, 2017
I took a Ghost Tour with Aram, which was great and which I'd highly recommend. As others have noted, the tour is more about true crime and tragic Chicago disaster history, with a touch of the supernatural in the ghost stories offered (with a bit of a skeptical wink) at the end -- reminiscent of the Lore podcast in terms of good storytelling about true-life tragedies. Aram was a great storyteller!
The tour wouldn't be appropriate for someone with a mobility impairment, as it involved a decent amount of walking, which can be tiring at the end of a long day of sightseeing. It ended along the Riverwalk, which was a great place to relax for a bit at the end of the day. It's also not an appropriate tour for small children or for people who are easily upset by stories involving real-life death, violence, and tragedy.
For those who don't know, Free Tours By Foot operates on a tipping model. Aram was super low-key about this, and didn't even request tips at the end. But don't be a free-riding loser -- please tip your guides!
Yinka M.Lincoln Park and Gangster Tour July 15, 2017
Andy is THEEE best your guide. Witty, full of fun and fantastic tidbits about the city, he made me want to do the architecture AND river walk tours, and all we were signed up for was the loop neighborhood tour. It was enough walking but not too much, if that makes sense. Thank you Andy! Looking forward to more tours by y'all the next time I visit Chicago.
Kaitlin N.Lincoln Park and Gangster Tour July 13, 2017
This is my second time taking a tour with this company in their Chicago location, and I highly recommend it! I've paid for tours in the past with other companies that have been of a much less caliber. This particular tour was the Lincoln Park tour with Hillary! The tours walk over a mile, so as long as that is logistically ok for those in your party, this is definitely the best way to go. If you don't have a great experience, then you can tip accordingly, so their is little risk! Thanks Hillary for a great tour.
Kim E.Lincoln Park and Gangster Tour June 15, 2017
Love this tour! My friend and I did the same tour in New Orleans and was just as great. We did a few tours in Chicago and my favorite was with Adam who led the Twilight Riverwalk Tour and Ghost Tour. He did a fantastic job, knew his history, and was very personable. He also made some recommendations of where to visit, which was nice. He was by far my favorite!
Bruce also did a great job and was interesting during the North Loop & Millennium Tour. We started the Magnificent Mile Tour with Michael, but left after the first few minutes. He was a little intense like someone else said and his personality was not for us. Overall, the trip to Chicago was fantastic and Free Tours By Foot made the difference!
Erika R.Lincoln Park and Gangster Tour May 17, 2017
We did our tour on 5/16 with Ryan. I've been in the city for a while now but I know there's so much to learn so my boyfriend and I decided to take the riverwalk tour. This is a 2 hour walk, so be prepared. Ryan was knowledgeable and able to summarize the city on his creative way. He highlighted the architectures and also talked about some hidden spots like the Chicago rising. I want to tell you about my favorite part but I felt like all the stops was crucial - and amusing.
I recommend to do this tour and I am very excited to sign up for another one.