Changing South Side Neighborhoods Bus Tour with Lunch for UChicago Alums

From USD $56.00
  • Duration: 210 Minutes (approx.)
  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Product code: SOUTHSIDEPVTUC
We'll meet downtown and then traverse the South Side neighborhoods of Bronzeville, Bridgeport, Chinatown, Pilsen, UIC/Little Italy, and Greektown. This thoughtful tour explores immigration, industrialization, social change, segregation, and community through the diverse people who call Chicago home. You'll network with fellow alums over a delicious lunch of grilled chicken, carne asada and panela cheese. And then Mexican hot chocolate, too! This tour by bus is led by tour company Chicago Detours, started by a UChicago alum. 

You’ll see an incredible mix of art, architecture, and cultures of the South Side on this Chicago neighborhoods tour. The tour group will experience a great range of Chicago architecture, from small working class homes to a big Czech social hall and a tortilla factory. Guests learn how religious buildings like churches and synagogues adapt to their changing communities.

Your group visits one of the most vibrant Chinatowns in America, and then we talk about the importance of Chicago for Mexicans. The stories of Chicago neighborhoods and history will include the Great Migration of African-Americans from the South, and the Chicago blues and jazz music they brought with them.

Other fun aspects of this Chicago neighborhoods tour are the colorful murals and street art in Pilsen and the fascinating backstories of Chicago fast food history. And have you ever wondered why some houses in Chicago are “sunken” below street level? We’ve got answers!

Overall, this Chicago neighborhoods tour is like a “People’s History” of Chicago, as much of the city’s history goes beyond the power centered in downtown. Appropriately, we'll go by the Hull House of Jane Addams, said to be the mother of Social Work.  

As you look into Chicago private group tour options, this quick guide may help you decide if Chicago Detours is the best tour company for your special event. Please call us at 312.350.1131 to book your private group Chicago neighborhoods tour with us.

$56 per person ticket includes luxury coach transport, expert tour guide commentary, abundant Mexican lunch, hot chocolate and all taxes and gratuities.

Sat., Nov 11th at 10:30am-2:00pm and 11:30am-3pm
Sat., Nov 18th at 10:30am-2:00pm and 11:30am-3pm BOTH SOLD OUT!!

We start and end at 124 S. Wabash, and we have $15 parking vouchers for Grant Park North, which is three blocks away.