By Emma McVady
If you’re looking for fun ways to enjoy viewing the Windy City, a tour is an excellent option. We have been searching high and low for some great tour options. This list has some fun outdoor tours of Chicago that the whole family is sure to love. Next time you go to Chicago, consider touring the city with one of these picks.
Chicago Gangsters and Ghosts Tours
This unearthly tour aims to get you thinking about the chilling crimes and people that Chicago was once home to. The 20s and 30s were a time of secrets, gang activity, dark allies, and black coats. Take a Chicago Gangsters and Ghosts Tour to discover the ominous history of Chicago. This walking tour is available four times daily: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m., and 8 p.m. Whether you take the early tour or the night tour, the ghosts of gangsters passed are always lurking.
These hands-on tours are the perfect way to enjoy the warm summer weather. Even if you’re just a beginner at kayaking, this tour is perfect. Kayak Chicago takes its attendees down the Chicago River or around Lake Michigan to see the city sights. They offer a whopping eight different fun-filled tours. Check out their fireworks tour, North Ave. Beach tour, stand-up paddle board tour, and more. There is surely a perfect tour on their list for you.
These awesome red, white, and blue boat tours are fun for any city outing. The open-top boats offer a wonderful 360-degree view of Chicago. The tours depart from either Michigan Ave. or Navy Pier and take guests to see some of the most famous sights in Chicago. Shoreline Sightseeing offers three unique tours: architecture, fireworks, and skyline lakes. Come check out one of these exciting options.
Pizza City USA Tours
These pizza professionals want to share all they know about their favorite food. Chicago is known for many things, foremost, its pizza. If you share the same love for this dish, this tour is the perfect one for you. Pizza City takes its guests on a fun pizza walk to some of the city’s most famous spots. Places like Lou Malnati’s, Mi Pi, Labriola, and more are all hot spots on these tours. Learn the history of Chicago’s pizza and how it’s made next time you’re in the city.
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This year marks 40 years of architecture cruises for Chicago Line Cruises! It's safe to say, they really know their stuff. From the first tour to many, many skyscrapers later, their award-winning Docents continue to share Chicago’s iconic Architecture with guests from around the globe.
Is there anything better than sleeping in on vacation and heading out the door for some great brunch and coffee before you start exploring the city? Well, you're in the right place. Chicago is synonymous with brunch and Yolk is a choice destination for some scrumptious pancakes, deliciously drippy eggs bennie, and delightful omelettes.