Best Ways To Tour Chicago

October 4, 2010 4:32 PM

Double-decker bus tours are so 90’s. Check out one of these unique tours and you won’t want to leave this awesome city! – Patrice N. Perkins

Chicago Chocolate Tours

500 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 929-2939

If you want to satisfy your chocolate cravings, learn a little choc history and explore Chicago all at once, then this tour is for you. If it’s your first time in Chicago, you may opt for the Magnificent Mile or Loop tours. But, if you have already scratched the surface of this beautiful city and are looking to really explore, then try the Lakeview tour.

Chicago’s Original Gangster Tour

600 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654
(773) 881-1195

Want to experience the gritty side of Chicago? This tour will recap the history of Chicago through the eyes of the likes of Al Capone, Bugs Moran, John Dillinger and other gangsters that frequented this city during the jazz-age. See old “hot spots” and “hit spots” during this unique tour.

Chicago Architecture Tours

224 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60604
(800) 982-2787

Tour the best architecture of Chicago by way of boat, bus or foot. CAF also offers specialty tours such as the “Devil in the White City” which recounts the story told, and travels to the sites depicted, in Erick Larson’s bestselling book.

Chicago Segway Tours

337 East Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601
(877) 866-0966

The name of the tour speaks for itself. Grab a segway and head on out to the Museum Campus Tour, Art & Architecture Tour, Fireworks Tour or the Haunted Tour.

Urban Canoe Trip

28 East Jackson Street, Suite 1800
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 939-0490

This one is for the true adventure seeker. Tour the city by canoeing along the Chicago River. Watch out for the other boaters you will see along the way. Make sure you book this tour in advance. They fill up quickly!

Chicago Gallery Tours

730 North Franklin Street, Suite 004
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 649-0065

Are you an art lover? Take this tour which will reveal Chicago’s most spectacular artistry. Choose from touring the River North, West Loop, Pilsen, River East/South Loop, Wicker Park/Bucktown or the suburbs and beyond.

Patrice N. Perkins is the founder and editor of My Lifestyle ZEN, a Chicago-based lifestyle blog for professionals and entrepreneurs who value quality of life. Patrice provides work-life balance advice to readers as well as informs them on Chicago lifestyle.

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