"Creative Walking Tours Consider Chicago’s Changing Neighborhoods"
Chicago Detours’ popular seasonal tours return April 14
MARCH 19 - CHICAGO, IL -- Chicago Detours, a five-star-rated tour company, is pleased to announce the launch of its summer season of walking tours in downtown and the city's vibrant neighborhoods, including Fulton Market in the West Loop. While year-round tours stay mostly indoors, these summertime tours start in mid-April and take advantage of both interior and exterior architecture and the stories behind buildings.
Since 2010, Chicago Detours has brought thousands of guests on public walking tours of downtown Chicago's interiors, historic drinking establishments, underground tunnels and other famous and unexpected locations. These fun and educational summer tours include the “Best Architecture Walking Tour for Design Lovers” with its chronological walk through Chicago’s architectural history downtown and the “Old Polonia and Wicker Park Food Tour” of changing communities in northwest neighborhoods. This summer marks the return of their popular “Factories to Calories Fulton Market Food Tour,” which explores the dramatic transformations of Chicago’s most rapidly booming neighborhood.
“Factories to Calories Fulton Market Food Tour”
Fridays, 2:30pm and Saturdays, 12:30pm; beginning Apr. 19
Over the course of this two-hour excursion, guests will see hidden architectural details that indicate the neighborhood’s industrial roots. Guests will sample some of the culinary delights of Fulton Market, including a creative Italian sub within the historic interior of J.C. Graziano’s. Most of all, the tour uses the light food tastings so guests see Fulton Market’s meatpacking past among its gourmand present.
“Old Polonia and Wicker Park Food Tour”
Sundays, 2:15pm and Thursdays, 1:15pm; beginning Apr. 14
Outside of downtown, the “Old Polonia and Wicker Park Food Tour” returns to explore the social and gastronomical evolution of the old "Polish Downtown" and the “Six Corners” over the past few decades. Guests marvel at a stunning Polish Catholic Church, view the opulent 19th century mansions of “Beer Baron Row,” and enjoy a full meal of samples from authentic neighborhood restaurants.
“Best Architecture Walking Tour for Design Lovers”
Wednesdays, 5:45pm and Fridays, 4:30pm; beginning Apr. 17
This creative tour for curious people connects architectural styles to other elements of design, art history, and popular culture. In an action-packed 90 minutes, this tour covers Chicago’s vast architectural history, from fur-trappers of early America to Mies van der Rohe’s modernism to Maggie Daley Park. This is not your grandma’s architecture tour!
“Free Chicago Walking Tour Inside a Historic Skyscraper”
First Fridays, 12:30pm; beginning May 3
Chicago Detours is also bringing back their popular free lunchtime tour of the historic Monadnock Building in the Loop. This half-hour tour spotlights this landmark building’s award-winning restoration, and tour guide gratuities for this free tour will be shared with Preservation Chicago. A six week limited run in 2018 sold out every week.
Tours start and end at various locations. Advance reservations are required and can be made on the Chicago Detours website. Tours have limited availability and often sell out.
Executive Director Amanda Scotese is available for interviews about the changing landscape, new development, historic preservation and the evolution of neighborhood communities. High resolution images also available.
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 few tour companies in Chicago that is rated five stars on both Yelp and TripAdvisor.
These are not your grandma’s architecture tours! Led by passionate, expert guides, tours with Chicago Detours include an interactive dynamic, presentation of historic photos and videos, and gifts like artistically-composed photographic postcards.
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