Some visitors prefer something beyond the postcard views when it comes to a tour of our fair city – perhaps something a little more off-the-beaten-path. Here are five tour operators offering a new perspective on Chicago:
Get a closer look at Chicago with these in-depth walking tours focusing on hidden places in the Loop, the jazz and blues scenes and much more. $25-$70. 312/350-1131.
Chicago Film Tours
Hop aboard for a 2-hour bus tour of “Hollywood by the Lake,” with stops at sites from movies including The Dark Knight, The Fugitive and The Blues Brothers. $30. Clark between Ontario and Ohio; 312/593-4455.
Chicago’s Finest River Walk Tour
Get a closer look at Chicago with this in-depth walking tour focusing on the city’s glorious achievements and horrific tragedies. $8-$15. Departs from Du Sable statue at NE corner of Michigan Ave Bridge; 312/202-0745.
Frank Lloyd Wright Tour by Chicago Savvy Tours
Take a bus tour of the master architect’s magnificent designs in Chicago, suburban Oak Park, or along the North Shore. $38-$55. 401 N. Michigan; 312/731-8000.
Steve’s Segway Tours
See the city from a new angle aboard your own Segway i2 Personal Transporter during a 3-hour morning or afternoon tour, or a 2-hour evening tour. $60-$70. 350 E. Monroe; 312/946-9467.