Spring Break Walking Tour Makes History Fun for All Ages
Chicago Detours’ “1893 World’s Fair Tour for Families” - April 15-20
Chicago Detours announces a limited run of the "1893 World's Fair Tour for Families" daily during Spring Break, Monday, April 15 through Saturday, April 20, at 11am. This 2-hour-long, mostly indoor downtown walking tour welcomes guests of all ages to learn how and why the 1893 World's Fair captures imaginations more than any other event in Chicago's history.
Adapted to be family friendly from their popular "1893 World's Fair Tour with Bars," which is regularly offered to the public, this tour is a fun and educational experience great for both adults and kids ages 6 and up. The professional tour guide will share fascinating stories from the World's Fair, such as its connection to the song, “America the Beautiful.” Guests will play interactive educational games like a visual scavenger hunt in a historic building. Prizes are included, too! Kids particularly enjoy the use of shared iPads, which show historic images that illuminate life in the late 19th century.
The tour uncovers the overlooked history of the downtown buildings directly tied to this major event. The Fair's impact on the architecture and landscape of downtown Chicago is still visible today. Architecture explored on the tour includes the Fine Arts Building from 1885, Louis Sullivan's landmark Auditorium Building, and the magnificent lobby of the Congress Plaza Hotel.
Highlights include riding one of the city's last elevators with a human operator and exploring a hidden alleyway with a building from the time of the World's Fair. Guests also get to hear the story of Chicagoan Charles Cretor's popcorn-making empire, while snacking on the locally made G.H. Cretors "Chicago Mix" specialty. Tour guests will also hear stories about the vast extent of the exhibits, including one that featured hundreds of varieties of potatoes, and learn about the class differences that divided fairgoers.
To create a fun and insightful tour, Executive Director Amanda Scotese dug through archives, studied historic photographs, read scholarly books about the Fair, and designed "visual scavenger hunts." Like all Chicago Detours tours, the commentary of this tour makes bigger ideas more accessible and fun, appropriate for children ages 6 and up.
The two-hour-long tour will be offered daily from 11:00am-1:00pm from Monday, April 15 to Saturday, April 20. Tour tickets are $28 per adult and $18 per child, and include professional tour guide commentary, shared iPads with historic photos, a small snack, game prizes and even a special gift delivered by snail mail after the tour.
The "1893 World's Fair Tour for Families" begins amidst the beautiful historic mosaics of the Congress Plaza Hotel lobby, at 520 S. Michigan Ave. It ends inside the Louis Sullivan-designed Target, 1 S. State St. Reservations are required and can be made at chicagodetours.com. Private group tours are also available any day of the week.
See more tour details and photos here.
ABOUT CHICAGO DETOURS
Chicago Detours offers guided tours of architecture, history and culture that bring people to explore stories and places locals don't even know. The tour company is 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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