Chicago Detours Offers a Detours-Style Holiday Tour
In line with Chicago Detours' creative approach to tours, this local business will offer a limited number of November and December dates for "A Holiday Tour of Drinks, Daleys and Dead Guys."
This tour will be an excellent inclusion in Holiday Gift Guides and Events Listings. Gift cards are also available for public tours of interior architecture, historic bars and the 1893 World's Fair.
"A Holiday Tour of Drinks, Daleys and Dead Guys" is a downtown walking tour that stays mostly indoors and explores both classic and off-the-beaten-path sites and stories. For example, guests will discover how Mayor Richard J. Daley saved the Christmas Parade, and then how his son, Richard M., was almost given a stocking of coal for his affront to Christmas and Hanukkah. Lesser-known stories like these come from digging into the archives. Chicago Detours wanted to go beyond just the standard Chicago holiday traditions and share Chicago's history of both festive fun and surprising follies.
Tour guides will provide an overview on the development of consumerism at Christmastime - an important topic that you won't find discussed on any other tours! Guests will hear the story of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’s birth in Chicago (as well as the scientific research given to quantify the efficacy of his lit nose!).
Tour guests will enjoy a hot Tom and Jerry cocktail at historic and homey Miller's Pub. For the second drink, guests will gaze at the holiday tree at the former Marshall Field's Department store while sipping on their choice of beer from the local Revolution Brewing, or a glass of wine.
Other fun highlights include viewing the Chicago Christmas Tree in Millennium Park, the Chicago Theatre with its famous marquee, and the new Muddy Waters mural. Groups will even hear of some surprising connections between Chicago blues and the holidays! The tour ends at Christkindlmarket, where the tour guide shares the secret of what's really in the gluhwein, the market's famous spiced wine. Then guests can choose to independently explore this traditional German holiday market in Daley Plaza after the tour concludes.
"A Holiday Tour of Drinks, Daleys and Dead Guys" will run on Saturdays, Nov. 25 - Dec. 30 as well as select weekdays. Most tours are at 2pm and 5pm. Please see exact dates and times on the Chicago Detours website.
Tickets are $32 and include expert tour guide commentary, a printed Pedway map and candy gift. Guests bring $23 cash to cover the drink package and bartender gratuities for a Tom and Jerry cocktail, and then their choice of beer or wine. The tour starts inside GePaDe Caffe, 60 E. Adams St., and ends inside Block 37, 108 N. State St., which is across from Christkindlmarket. Online registration is required. Groups are limited to 14 guests and tours will likely sell out.
A Holiday Tour of Drinks, Daleys and Dead Guys will be just one of a few tour possibilities for families and friends during the holiday season. Other public tours stay mostly indoors as well: Loop Interior Architecture Walking Tour, Historic Chicago Walking Bar Tour, and 1893 World's Fair Tour with Bars and Food. Gift cards are available for all these public tours.
ABOUT CHICAGO DETOURS
Chicago Detours offers guided tours of the city's architecture, history and culture that bring people to explore stories and places locals don't even know. It is staffed by a passionate team of educators, historians, artists and storytellers, and is proud to be one of very few tour companies in Chicago that is rated five stars on both Yelp and TripAdvisor.
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