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    Lincoln Lodge Comedy Showcase

    The Lincoln Lodge
    Now in its fourteenth season, "The Lincoln Lodge" stand-up comedy and variety showcase plays every Friday at Chicago's classic North Side diner, the Lincoln Restaurant. In addition to The Lodge's rotating cast of emcees, a fresh line-up of stand-up comedians and a variety/music act is featured each week. The show's mission is to showcase Chicago's finest up-and-coming and touring comedians and past performers include Fred Armisen (Saturday Night Live), T.J. Miller (Carpoolers), Marc Maron (WTF Podcast), Janeane Garofalo (Saturday Night Live), Natasha Leggero (Last Comic Standing) and Kristen Schaal (Flight of The Conchords). Because the show's producers have created their own portable cabaret space inside this classic 1970s North Side diner, "The Lincoln Lodge" is arguably Chicago's most unique comedy experience!
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    The Secrets of the Loop Tour

    Inside Chicago Walking Tours
    Many tourists make the mistake of only focusing on the big stuff: Willis Tower, Grant Park, Wrigley Field. These places are amazing of course, but there's so much more to Chicago. With their Open Your Eyes tour, Inside Chicago Walking Tours looks to focus in on the small details that people often fail to notice. On this 2 hour walking tour that covers a mile and a half, you'll discover the hidden gems of Chicago. Your tour guide will help bring these "little things" to life. . You'll visit a building with astounding acoustics, a serene garden oasis, the stone "ghosts" of Chicago's financial history, and much more! The details that people unknowingly walk by will amaze you!
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    Historical Masterpieces of the Loop Tour

    Inside Chicago Walking Tours
    Whether you're a tourist eager for the inside scoop or a local looking for another reason to love your hometown, Inside Chicago Walking Tours has a treat in store for you! On this 2 hour excursion, you'll cover a mile and a half of Chicago's Loop Chicago's, through the city's past and present. You'll explore by walking through the very foundations of modern architecture! You'll be taken to the exact site where America saw its first skyscraper -- a daring and innovative "giant" of its time -- and a comparable building by the same architect. Touch 120-year-old walls that tell the story of architecture's evolution, walk through the hotel where a young Queen Elizabeth once stayed, and understand why the Second City is truly second to none!
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    The Mag Mile & Riverfront Tour

    Inside Chicago Walking Tours
    You might know the West Loop like the back of your hand, but you'll never fully know the Windy City until you explore the Chicago River -- the City's heart, the reason for its very existence. On this tour, you'll take a whirlwind trip through history as you learn about the river. It's been traveled by missionaries, explorers, immigrants, and soldiers; polluted, clean up, dyed, dredged, and even reversed. You'll hear about all of this and more. You'll also witness the stunning architecture and famed views provided by the riverfront and the stretch known as the Magnificent Mile, such as the Trump Tower. And this is all just a sneak preview of what's in store! Come discover why the Second City is second to none!
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    Panoramic and Scenic North Side Tour

    Chicago Gray Line & American Sightseeing Tours
    How can you quickly and easily experience the vitality and excitement of Chicago? It's easy! Drive through the city on this awesome panoramic tour of Chicago's North Side. On this bus tour, you'll see the famous Wrigley Building that announces the beginning of the Magnificent Mile. Swing by the renowned Water Tower Place, and the sky-scraping John Hancock Center. You will even escape to Lincoln Park, one thousand acres of greenery, lagoons, flowers, and a zoo. Take in the majestic scenery of arguably America's prettiest city.
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    Interiors of the Loop Tour

    Inside Chicago Walking Tours
    You've never seen Chicago like this before. Inside Chicago Walking Tours has scoured this buzzing business district and carefully selected a handful of must-see hidden treasures, just for you! On this walking tour, you'll be amazed at the magnificence beyond the facade. All those buildings you pass by when you're rushing through downtown Chicago -- have you ever thought about what's behind those doors? An entire world exists that people rarely think about, let alone have a chance to see. Inside Chicago Walking Tours has scoured the city's buzzing business district and carefully selected a handful of must-see treasure that are usually hidden behind closed doors! On this walking tour, you'll be amazed at the magnificence beyond the facades. Your knowledgeable, trusty tour guide will lead you away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Chicago for a beautiful adventure through the most stunning interior spaces you'll ever see! Sites include rooms full of colorful stained glass mosaics, art deco lobbies straight out of the roaring 20s, 80-foot ceilings covered in real gold, and much more! So what're you waiting for? Let Inside Chicago Walking Tours show you this "second side" of the Second City!
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    The West Loop & Wolf Point Tour

    Inside Chicago Walking Tours
    If you want to get to know Chicago's world-famous architecture without venturing too far from downtown, look no further than this walking tour! Inside Chicago brings the historic West Loop to life through a range of fascinating stories about real people, including the early tavern owners who built the city's first bridge -- it was to help drunk patrons cross the Chicago River. You'll hear tales of other famous characters from the neighborhood, such as Mother Cabrini (first American saint) and August Spies (revolutionary and inspiration for Labor Day). You'll travel through grand train stations and immigrant churches, past labor monuments and post-Fire architecture, to the location where Chicago was "born" as a city! You'll also look forward: Your guide will paint a gleaming picture of the beautiful architecture that will shape Chicago's future. So what're you waiting for? There's a good reason why the Second City is second to none!
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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 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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