What To Expect
With this unique walking tour, you will understand how and why the 1893 World's Fair still captures our imaginations more than any other event in Chicago history.
We dug through archives, studied photographs, and designed games to devise a the most fun and insightful excursion. See the few remaining buildings from the time of the World's Fair. People think that you have to go south of downtown to understand the history of the World's Fair, but it's impact on the architecture and landscape of downtown Chicago is still visible today.
Along your tour, get to taste a pleasant amount of delicious food and beer, in connection with stories of the 1893 World's Fair!
Colorful mosaics in a hotel built for the 1893 World's Fair
The sweeping grand lobby of the Auditorium Building
Ride one of the last elevators downtown with a human operator
Delicious German food at the Berghoff Restaurant
Downtown Chicago's last remaining pre-Chicago fire building
Professional tour guide commentary
Shared iPads with historic photos
Beer or wine tasting of three samples at second stop
Drinks at first and last stop*
Tips and gratuities
*You will have to pay CASH at start of tour to cover all server gratuities and chosen beverage option: 11 USD for beer or wine, 3 USD for water.
This tour takes approximately 3 hours. Walking distance is approximately 0.9 mile (1.4 kilometers) and is ideal for all seasons.
Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes.
All our card payments are protected by thawte to give you peace of mind.
1 hour and 30 minutes