1893 Chicago World's Fair Walking Tour with Bars


58 USD

Grab a few drinks while experiencing incredible architecture, historical stories of turn-of-the-century Chicago, and visual scavenger hunts.

Duration: 3 hours
    Available in
  • English


  • Admire colourful mosaics in a hotel built for the 1983 World’s Fair
  • See the sweeping grand lobby of the Auditorium Building
  • Ride one of the last elevators downtown with a human operator
  • Sample delicious German food at the Berghoff Restaurant
  • Pass downtown Chicago's last remaining pre-Chicago fire building
  • Visit the opulent Chicago Athletic Hotel, once an exclusive men's club


1893 World’s Fair Tour Overview
This very special walking tour digs into how and why the 1893 World’s Fair captures imaginations more than any other event in Chicago history. Unlike other World’s Fair tours and Devil in the White City tours, which likely revolve around facts and trivia, you’ll dig deeper on this downtown tour. You'll visits some of the few remaining and spectacular buildings from the time of the World’s Fair, also known as the World's Columbian Exposition. The fairgrounds themselves were south of downtown, but you can best see the impact of the fair in the Loop.

On this walking tour, you will eat a couple light snacks and we'll play a few educational games with prizes for the winning team. Plus, you can opt to get drinks (on you), too!

You can think of this 2.75-hour-long walking tour as being 5% outdoors, 95% indoors, 20% clue-based games and visual scavenger hunts, 10% drinking time, and 100% awesome historical tour time. We know the math doesn’t add up – we hope you get the idea!

Link to a map of the meeting point:

What’s included & not included

  • Professional tour guide
  • Shared iPads with historical photos
  • Game prizes and gifts
  • One small snacks
  • Drinks: At the tour meeting spot
  • we welcome you to get a drink at the bar before check-in. To streamline the tour
  • we take your order and cash for your second drink at check-in ($6 for beer
  • $8 for wine
  • includes gratuity). At the third drink stop
  • you may independently purchase a beer
  • wine
  • or cocktail of your choice.
  • dairy-free
  • or have other allergies
  • we cannot make substitutions.
  • Tour guide gratuity.
  • Dietary restrictions: one small snacks is included. We may be able to accommodate vegetarians if you are gluten-free.

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Meeting point

Congress Plaza Hotel, 520 S. Michigan Ave.

Reviews from travellers (3)


Chicago World's Fair of 1893 Tour
Amanda, our tour guide, really knew her history. She did a lot of research in order to put this fascinating tour together. Walking along and inside historical monuments, you'll learn how they connected to the1893's world fair, and developed afterwards. With the help of an iPad pictures are shown from the archives to illustrate the times and places we're informed about. Some nice games, played with your fellow walkers, give the right amount of distraction to keep you fresh and on your toes since it relies on your new found memories. The food and drinks are consumed in the most beautiful bars I've seen in Chicago (and will make you want to return there later on). So, a very good choice if you're looking for some fun & informative hours.

1893 Tour... Bravo!
As I spend most of my free time in the area this tour takes place in, I always appreciate new ways of seeing the seemingly familiar. This tour brought back a flood of memories for me and gave me access to buildings I've entered, yet never explored in depth. Amanda our guide, was a fact machine! As an avid follower of all things Chicago vintage (blogs etc), new facts and tales are always welcome.

I never knew the Berghoff had such delicious chili, another added bonus of course!

Looking forward to jumping on some of this company's other offerings down the road. This tour is a fun and engaging way to start one's exploration of Chicago.

Delightful way to tour the city
We attended the 1893 Worlds Fair Tour with Bars and Food. I thought I knew the city well, but my wife wanted to take the tour. Our tour guide, Amanda was extremely knowledgeable, kept our group entertained, moving along, and I learned a great deal about Chicago. Some of our interior tours included building I had spent time in, and in each case, she showed me things I had not seen or known about. The included food and drink was sufficient to count as dinner. We will be taking some of their other tours in the future. The 3 hour tour flew by.

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