Below you will find some of our most popular Half Day Tours!
These are just a few of the many itineraries we offer.
Chicago Highlights Tour
Experience the magnificent city of Chicago from many different angles. You will see where it all began on the shore of the Chicago River and visit one of the best lakefront views of the city at Solidarity Point. Hear about the Chicago Fire and its impact on our city’s great architecture. You will view many breathtaking sculptures by artists such as Picasso, DuBuffet, Calder, and more.
Our guide will take you for a close-up look at the Chicago Tribune building and the historical artifacts which make their unique home in the building’s architecture. Listen, as our guide brings the pages of Chicago’s history to life with fascinating tales of the great individuals who made Chicago what it is today.
Majority of this tour is aboard the motorcoach but the tour participants should anticipate some walking at individual tour stops.
Devil in the White City & Lunch at Millennium Park
Travel the grounds of the 1893 Columbian Exposition and hear tales from our guide about the fair, and at the same time, a serial killer hunting in the same area. Tour the Midway Pleasance and see where the great Ferris Wheel was revealed. Drive by one of the remaining buildings from the fair; the Palace of Fine Arts, now the Museum of Science and Industry. See the golden statue “The Republic” still shining from her service at the fair.
After the tour, we head north into Downtown Chicago for one of the newest attractions of Chicago, Millennium Park. Enjoy the sights and experience the sounds as the guide walks you through the park. Then find a great place to sit and enjoy your lunch for the end of your tour.
Majority of this tour is aboard the motorcoach but walking is required through Millennium Park.
Great Chicago Fire
Was a hot time in the old town when Mrs. O’Leary’s cow allegedly kicked over a lantern on October 8, 1871. As a result of the quick construction of wooden neighborhoods, Chicago became a city engulfed in flames. Learn about the destruction that occurred as a result of the Chicago fire and see the Chicago Fire Academy. (1 ½ – 3 hours)
An Animal Adventure
Embark on an animal adventure though Phillips Park. The Phillips Park Zoo is home to more than 40 different species of animals including bald eagles, North American river otters, swans and peacocks. Step inside the Reptile house for a look at a ball python, American alligator, green iguana, and much more. After the zoo, take a step back in time to see real mastodon bones unearthed in the park during a 1934 excavation. These bones are over 10,000 years old and include a skull that weighs in at 188 pounds. Finally, take a stroll through the Sunken Garden designed in the 1930’s by Ray C. Moses, whose family has played an important role in the park since 1910.
A significant amount of walking is required throughout this tour. Waterpark access optional during the summer. Time at the children’s playground optional when weather permits.
North by Northwestern
Northwestern University was founded in 1851 by John Evans, for whom Evanston is named, and eight other lawyers, businessmen and Methodist leaders to serve the people of a region that had once been known as the Northwest Territory. While instruction began in 1855; women were not admitted until 1869. After touring the Northwestern campus visit one of only seven Baha’i temples in the world at present. Like all Baha’i Houses of Worship, the temple in Wilmette is circular in shape, has nine sides and is surrounded by exquisite gardens and fountains.
A significant amount of walking is required throughout this tour.
Cuneo Mansion and Long Grove
Start by exploring the home of Samuel Insull and then it’s a short trip down Milwaukee Avenue to have lunch in the charming town of Libertyville. Then spend some time shopping in mix of craft, antique, and ethnic shops in the quaint Village of Long Grove. (2-4 hours)