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    Macy's State Street Historical Store

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    If you can't get enough shopping, you're bound to love this historic tour of one of North America's most famous retailers! On this 1-hour walking tour guests will learn about the history of two great American retail pioneers, R.H Macy's and Marshall Fields. After 10-15 minutes, the group will head to the first level to view the Burnham Fountain, Great Clocks, and State Street granite columns. This takes approximately 15-20 minutes before the group heads up to the 5th floor to view the Tiffany vaulted ceiling. After 5-10 mins, the group will proceed to the 7th floor to learn about the famous Walnut Room restaurant and taste the Frango mint chocolate where you will remain for the duration of the tour. Maybe afterwards you can do some shopping!
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    Chicago's Gold Coast Tour

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    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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    Culinary and Cultural Naperville Tour

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    Who said you can't try all the best foods from different cultures all in one place? This Naperville walking tour will cover different food tasting locations as well as culinary aspects of a variety of different cultures. You'll start out on this 2 mile leisurely walk by navigating through its historic downtown area before sampling tons of food! Try everything from delicious Vietnamese cuisine to authentic Irish and Italian foods and indulgent chocolates and pastries. No taste will go unexplored in this three hour expedition of the best food and drinks the area can offer.
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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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    Lincoln Park and Gangster Tour

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    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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