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    Lincoln Park and Gangster Tour

    Free Tours by Foot Chicago
    Before the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, Lincoln Park was home to German and Polish immigrants, but since the fire only reached the edge, it grew with the "worthy families" who had been forced out of downtown. On this guided walking tour, learn about the fascinating history of Lincoln Park, and how it has become a cultural center and youthful area with nearby DuPaul University and Notebaert Nature Center! Explore the dark side of this neighborhood beyond its beautiful scenery and collegiate history, including the bloody gang killings on Valentines Day and the capture and eventual death of the infamous Depression-era outlaw John Dillinger. Stop by at the Wise Fool's pub before ending your night with passes to the Kingston BLUES club for a fully encompassing Chi-town experience!
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    Twilight Riverwalk & History Tour

    Free Tours by Foot Chicago
    Join Free Tours by Foot for a leisurely stroll along the northern reaches of the Chicago River to take in the surrounding beautiful architecture! Following your expert local guide, you'll learn the fascinating histories of Chicago icons, such as the Tribune Building, Trump Building, and Wrigley Building, and hear the stories behind the men and women who built them. The tour even ends right around the corner from Municipal Pier #2 (better known as Navy Pier), where you can easily stroll over to see the sites including the Ferris wheel, the Stained Glass Museum, and tons of food vendors. Chicago may be known as The Second City, but on this tour you'll discover exactly what makes it first rate!
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    Winter Loop Tour

    Free Tours by Foot Chicago
    Remember, it's called the Windy City for a reason! You will need to bundle up for this winter tour of the Loop -- you'll be spending about half of the time outdoors looking up at the largest concentration of skyscrapers, and the other half inside ogling exquisite public buildings and lobbies. Delight in the detailed history lesson of the Great Fire of 1871 and how the city rose from the ashes to become the impressive collection of businesses and buildings it is today. Sights and topics you will cover on the Winter Loop Tour include, but are not limited to, Block 37, Chicago Theatre, Marshall Fields, The Picasso/Daley Plaza, The L (elevated train), Marquette Building, The Palmer House, and The Great Chicago Fire. See Chicago from a new and truly remarkable perspective!
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    Loop Highlight Tour

    Free Tours by Foot Chicago
    Join Free Tours by Foot for the most interesting and informative way to experience Chicago's downtown area called "The Loop"! On this highlight tour, follow your expert local guide through Millennium Park to see the famous sculpture that everyone calls "The Bean" (even though it's not a bean at all!), marvel at the work of Picasso and Chagall that decorates random street corners, and learn about the many fascinating styles of architecture that the city offers. You will find the hidden treasures of Tiffany Glass tucked away in public buildings all while learning the history of how Chicago came to be -- and then how it did it all again after the Great Fire of 1871. Chicago may be known as The Second City, but on this tour you'll discover exactly what makes it first rate!
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    Chicago Pedway Tour

    Free Tours by Foot Chicago
    If you're a history buff and you love learning about the hidden parts of famous cities, this tour of the Chicago Pedway system will tickle your fancy -- regardless if you're a native or a foreigner. Through a mostly indoor tour, you will discover the secret system of pathways throughout downtown Chicago, which today connects over 50 buildings, 40 blocks, and 5 miles of pathways. You will see a ton of beautiful architecture and art while learning about the history of how they got there. On top of that, you'll also be shown some of the best spots for food the city has to offer. During your tour you will view a number of great sites including, but not limited to, The Chicago Theatre, The Marina Towers, The Leo Burnett Lobby, The Thompson Center, City Hall, and The Cultural Center. See Chicago from a new and truly remarkable perspective!
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    Chicago's Gold Coast Tour

    Free Tours by Foot Chicago
    After the Great Chicago Fire and following Potter Palmer's castle-esque mansion, the wealthiest of Chicago began moving north of the Loop, filling in the once swamp area to develop Lakeshore Drive and what would became one of the cities wealthiest neighborhoods. Join Free Tours by Foot for a leisurely stroll through this fabled neighborhood, referred to as the Gold Coast! Following your expert local guide, you'll explore the vintage architecture and modern high rises that dot the shores of Lake Michigan and meander through the residential side of Chicago, taking in the older upscale homes of the city. Explore the very popular Rush Street restaurant and nightclub area as you head towards Lincoln Park Zoo to discover exactly what makes "The Second City" so first rate!
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    Chicago Ghost Tour

    Free Tours By Foot Chicago
    The Windy City is known for her food, architecture, and haunting history! Join this walking tour as the sun sets through downtown Chicago, and hear some of the most gruesome and creepy local stories recounted by your expert guide. First stop is the Congress Hotel, known as the most haunted hotel in Chicago. Walk along the streets that H. H. Holmes, Chicago's first serial killer, wandered as he stalked his prey. Then, visit Death Alley and the site of the Eastland Disaster, and catch a glimpse of Chicago's sordid past through stories of the Everleigh Club, the 1900's Red Light district, and famous downtown prison breaks. But consider yourself warned: this tour is not meant for the faint of heart, taking only those who seek a good thrill and are interested in the underbelly of Chicago.
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    Chicago Loop Tour

    Free Tours By Foot Chicago
    Chicago's not known as "The Second City" because it's behind NYC or Los Angeles. It's the Second City to only one, itself. Rebuilt after the Great Fire of 1871, Chicago's one of a few city's to top itself. On this walking tour, you'll see the highlights of the Windy City. Feel those Lake Michigan breezes, and quickly understand the where its nickname came from. Along the tour, you will see Chicago's spectacular sights and stroll about the eclectic architecture. Witness the skyline from ground-level, and learn about the many reasons tourists flock here every year. It's the Loop like you've never seen it before!
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    Loop and Millennium Park Tour

    Free Tours by Foot Chicago
    Join Free Tours by Foot for the most interesting and informative way to experience Chicago's downtown area called the "The Loop," also known as the Theater District! Defined by the elevated train lines that form a circuit in the heart of the city, the Loop is Chicago's commercial core, home to big names such as Boeing and IBM. But, it's so much more: The Loop contains the largest concentration of skyscrapers, including the tallest in the United States and it is effectively a living architectural museum, with a large range of architectural styles, from Victorian to post-modern. Follow your expert local guide through Millennium Park to see the famous sculpture that everyone calls "The Bean" (even though it's not a bean at all!), marvel at the work of Picasso and Chagall that decorates random street corners, and learn about these many fascinating styles of architecture that the city offers. Pay a visit to Marshal Fields before stopping for a photo opportunity at City Hall and the iconic Sears Tower. Take a selfie at the start of the legendary Route 66 and discover the Chicago Pedway, all while learning the history of how Chicago came to be and then how it did it all again after the Great Fire of 1871. Chicago may be known as The Second City, but on this tour you'll discover exactly what makes it first rate!
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