Introduction to Chicago: Fort Dearborn and Beyond

Dive deep into Chicago's fascinating history
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Tour Details
About the Tour
Private Tour
$ 325
History, Orientation
3 hours
Photos & Highlights
  • Connect the dots between Chicago's history and its current day position as an urban metropolis
  • Led by an expert historian
  • Chicago River, Fort Dearborn, and Millennium Park
Tour Description
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3 Reviews
William was an outstanding guide for our private group tour in Chicago. A late April surprise, a snowy and intensely windy weather event, presented quite a challenge which William handled masterfully. He enveloped his passionate expertise in architecture with a fascinating presentation of Chicago history. He offered us a wide range of perspectives, answered our questions patiently and thoughtfully, and graced our tour with his wit. He responded to our interests with easy flexibility, tailoring examples specifically and uniquely to our group. The weather was certainly a challenge, but William's skill in making us comfortable made for a most memorable, informative and delightful tour! Our suggestion for Context would be to be aware that the suggested tour meeting place outside the Tribune Tower at 435 North Michigan Avenue is now completely wrapped in scaffolding, the entire block is a construction zone, and very confusing. The nearby Plaza, near identifiable sculpture busts, would be far easier to assemble and identify a tour group and leader.
The docent was friendly and knowledgeable. She also wisely, due to the heat, choose a route with a fair amount of shade and places to rest
My private tour with Sally Kalmbach was exceptional. She is extremely knowledgeable and very pleasant in her presentation. It rained the entire three hours, but did not deter us nor detract from the tour. She provided breaks in the dry as well as a stop for hot tea to refresh the two of us.