Eat, drink and learn about Chicago's entertainment history with appetizers, beer or wine, and beautiful historic architecture.
Historic Chicago Pub Crawl Tour Overview
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. In addition to the tour guide’s stories, guests interact with historic photos and videos on shared iPads to connect with Chicago’s party past.
Our evening walking tour stays mostly indoors, making it great for any kind of weather. We’ll enjoy our appetizers and your choice of wine or beer at three drink stops and explore history and architecture in between. In addition to bar stops, our groups see magnificent lobbies, Gilded Age mansions, and Chicago’s multiple underground layers. Drinks are on you - please see below.
Who comes on a historic pub crawl tour of Chicago? Many tour guests enjoy the tour’s fun and social dynamic. Solo travelers often join us. 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, too. Family groups love it!
This tour more than a historic Chicago pub crawl – you’ll eat, drink, and learn about architecture, Prohibition-era history, and party culture.
We’d like to say it’s a Speakeasy Tour or a Chicago Prohibition Tour, but truthfully very few bars in Chicago remaining today were ever speakeasies. We did find one stop on our tour that was a true speakeasy though, and an early Chicago jazz club to boot!
Who wants to listen to a volunteer tour docent rambling dates and names? Don’t fret with us – our tour guides are highly trained, smart and fun! We are proud to be a top-rated Chicago tour company, with five-star ratings on Yelp and TripAdvisor.
The Historic Chicago Bar Walking Tour is like a mix of a food tour, an architecture walking tour, and a mobile documentary film. Book your tour early as the historic Chicago pub crawl often sells out. It’s a unique Chicago thing to do this summer!
Walking Bar Tour Highlights
- Michigan Ave, aka “Magnificent Mile”
- Tribune Tower
- Chicago’s underground layers
- The famous Billy Goat Tavern
- A former historic jazz club and speakeasy
- A 19th-century mansion
Stories and Ideas
- Architecture as a cultural artifact
- The “Hex of the Billy Goat”
- Chicago jazz era
- History of Chicago breweries
- Prohibition and gangsters
- 1960’s swanky nightlife
- Private clubs and debauchery
Historic Chicago Pub Crawl Prices
Reservations are $36 per person. Guests bring cash for beverages. Total cost is $39-$58 per tour guest inclusive of tour, food, beer, wine, gratuities, taxes.
Chicago Walking Bar Tour Includes:
- Engaging tour guide commentary
- Shared use of iPads with historic photos and video clips
- Special gifts
- Discounted flat-rate $15 parking at the Grant Park North Garage (ask for voucher at tour)
Tour Reservations Do Not Include:
Drinks and server gratuities. All guests must choose a beverage for the walking tour and bring cash to cover 2.5 servings of beer ($23), wine ($29), or water ($3).
Walking distance: .75 miles