Join us for a historic Chicago pub crawl with an educational twist! You’ll explore Chicago’s entertainment history and learn about prohibition, jazz, theater, vices, and social clubs, all while enjoying drinks and appetizers. Guests interact with historic photos and videos on shared iPads and visit historic buildings for three drink stops. We don’t walk far on our evening walking tour, giving us more time to engage with Chicago history and look at architecture. The limited walking distance on the tour gives us time to enjoy our appetizers and choice of wine or beer. Tour groups see magnificent lobbies and really engage with some beautiful historic architecture. Many tour guests enjoy the social dynamic of this unique tour. Solo travelers often join the tour. Also as a great Chicago date idea, it can be a fun thing to do in Chicago with your boyfriend or girlfriend. Groups of friends make the tour into a cool weekend event as it’s more than a Chicago pub crawl – you’ll eat, drink, and learn about architecture, Prohibition-era history, and culture.
Alex And Ellen
Alex and Ellen are tour guides for Chicago Detours, a tour company for curious people. Chicago Detours has been sharing stories and places locals don't even know through guided tours of interior architecture, historic bars, and Chicago neighborhoods since 2010. Alex has an M.A. from the University of Chicago in Cinema History and also works as a humanities instructor at the City Colleges of Chicago. He's a father of two, a book addict, and loves sharing this city’s busy past and unique architectural spaces as a Chicago Detours tour guide. Ellen loves being an urban explorer and uncovering its hidden places. She has an MA in Public History from Loyola University Chicago, and has worked as a museum educator and kindergarten teacher. She's passionate about learning new things and educating others.
Appetizers at three drink stops are included in the tour. Drinks are a separate cost.
Stories and Ideas on the Historic Chicago Pub Crawl Tour: Architecture as a cultural artifact The “Hex of the Billy Goat” Chicago jazz era History of Chicago breweries Prohibition and gangsters Historic restaurant trends 1960’s nightlife Private clubs
Each guest must choose a beverage option and bring cash ($23 for beer, $29 for wine, $3 for water). Covers 2 regular size drinks, 1 sample-size drink, and server gratuities on the drinks and the appetizers (apps are included in the tour).