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Chicago: Medieval Torture Museum Ticket with Ghost Hunting

1. Chicago: Medieval Torture Museum Ticket with Ghost Hunting

Gain entry into one of the largest interactive torture museums in the USA with this attraction ticket. Explore the museum with an audio guide and learn about the terrible history of punishment, torture, and executions from humanity's darkest times. Enter the 5,000 square foot exhibition and get your audio guide from the greeter. Follow the guide's instructions to learn about the hundreds of examples of torture, interrogation, restraint, and execution devices. Gain a greater understanding of how the devices worked by viewing the wax sculptures depicting executioners and victims. While you explore the museum, you can also participate in the thrilling Ghost Hunting Experience by downloading the app.

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Chicago: Riverwalk Self-Guided Walking Tour

2. Chicago: Riverwalk Self-Guided Walking Tour

Learn about Chicago's history, culture, and architecture on a self-guided tour via an app. Enjoy animated videos allowing you to visualize what you cannot see, such as snapshots from different centuries or interior rooms. Download the app before you head to the starting point by the historic DuSable Bridge. Learn about this picturesque bridge and the iconic terracotta Wrigley Building. From there, head west, past Wabash Bridge, once voted America’s Most Beautiful Bridge. Snap a photo or two. After that, see the Chicago Vietnam Veterans Memorial, a moving tribute to the soldiers who lost their lives during the Vietnam War. Next, stop by the 600-foot Marina Towers. Learn how these towers function as a “city within a city.” Then, head to the Dearborn Street Bridge and hear why an angry mob once gathered here with axes before continuing your stroll. As you walk, listen to the tale of one of the strangest and deadliest shipwrecks in American history. Learn how a devastating shipwreck happened on a river only 20 feet deep. Continue on toward the Merchandise Mart, a gorgeous example of Art Deco architecture. Learn how the Chicago River helped this city go from a small settlement to a bustling hub of culture and commerce. Next, arrive at Wolf Point, where Chicago’s very first hotel stood almost 200 years ago. Dig into the era when this place was little more than a wild frontier, then head back the way you came for the final section of the tour. Stop at the Tribune Tower containing pieces of historic buildings from across the world, including the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Berlin Wall. Next, come face to face with NBC’s Chicago headquarters, modeled after the famous skyscraper at 30 Rockefeller Center. Finally, arrive at the last bridge separating the Chicago River from Lake Michigan, where the tour concludes. Take in the soothing scenery and snap a few photos for your Instagram.

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Chicago: Millennium Park Self-Guided Walking Tour

3. Chicago: Millennium Park Self-Guided Walking Tour

On this self-guided walking tour where your phone is your personal guide, explore Millennium Park’s best sights and dive into some of Chicago’s little-known history along the way. This tour has been developed by local guides, creative writers, and professional voice artists. Begin your tour at the park’s north end, by Harris Theater for Music and Dance. From there, simply follow the audio instructions and the route via the app that will be your guide, narrator, and map in one. Head south toward the Pritzker Pavilion while learning some background on how the park came into existence. As an added perk, most stops along the tour have animated videos allowing you to visualize what you cannot see, such as snapshots from different centuries or interior rooms. Once at the impressive pavilion, learn about the vast array of performances held here and the high-tech design which makes it all possible, as well as the man behind it: Jay Pritzker. Get the full story on this precocious kid who went from building model cities out of his grandfather’s scrap wood to designing some of the most famous structures in the country. As you continue, you’ll come to the park’s so-called Secret Garden. Take a stroll along a peaceful boardwalk surrounded by plant life and listen to the little-known symbolism behind the garden’s design. Pause for a fantastic look at Chicago’s skyline before heading past the Art Institute of Chicago and ending up at the astonishing Crown Fountain. Get familiar with the intricately detailed face towers of the fountain, then head north toward Chicago’s most famous sculpture. At last, arrive at Cloud Gate, known by the locals as The Bean. Learn about the artist behind it as well as the technique he used to create such a huge, smooth surface. At the end of your tour, don’t forget to snap some surreal pictures of your reflection.

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Chicago: Westside Food Tasting Bike Tour with Guide

4. Chicago: Westside Food Tasting Bike Tour with Guide

Go around the world without leaving Chicago! Sample the best of Chicago’s West side neighborhoods decadent food options. Learn the stories of the immigrants from all over the world who helped make Chicago the city it is today, while tasting their delicious foods. Gaze at the historic homes, warehouses, and skyscrapers of Chicago's most historic neighborhoods. Ride along the new elevated 606 trail and the beautiful Lakefront Trail. Begin your tour in Chicago's bustling River North. Cross the iconic Chicago river, then ride through historic meatpacking district Fulton Market, now Chicago's restaurant and tech ground zero. Sample a delicious Mexican torta and a beer at a celebrity chef's new brewpub. Then ride past Google's new headquarters and some beautiful murals before arriving in Ukrainian Village, where you will taste the world's best Polish pierogis. From there, pass gorgeous 19th-century mansions before having another delicious ethnic snack in hipster hot spot Wicker Park. Bike along the new 606 trail, a bike path on a formal elevated rail line, and then sample some delicious ice cream and toffee in Lincoln Park. From there, head to quaint Old Town for a chocolate tasting, and finish off the tour with a beautiful ride down Chicago's world-famous Lakefront Trail.

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What people are saying about Chicago

We loved our tour with Lou! The biking was super easy and fun. He took us down some great residential streets that felt safe and had great homes to look at. All the food was incredible! It did not disappoint! I loved that the food choices were not "traditional Chicago", but eclectic and representative of the various neighborhoods and vibes. We definitely felt like we got our money's worth and Lou was a great guide! Great way to see the city and it's neighborhoods.

My husband and I enjoyed the Chicago River Walk tour. We learned a lot about the City’s architecture and history at our own pace. It’s a great way to get a little exercise while learning at the same time. Looking forward to another tour to learn more about the City.

Excellent tour! The bikes were good and easy to ride; the food was terrific and the tour guide was attentive, funny and knowledgeable. Highly recommend!!!

Caleb was a very cool, informative, & humorous guide, made the tour fun

Very nice experience if you like exercise, food and views