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Historic Chicago Walking Bar Tour for UChicago Alumni
Eat, drink and learn about Chicago's entertainment history with appetizers, beer or wine, and beautiful historic architecture.

Cost: $29/per person; exclusive for Alumni Club of Chicago
TWO Tour Times: 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm (TIME UPDATED 6:30 to 7:30 pm)
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The event is limited to 16 participants each tour. You must be 16 to join the tour and 21 to drink.  

Join fellow UChicago Alumni Alex Bean, AM'10 at 4:30 or 7:30 pm 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!

The Historic Chicago Bar Walking Tour is like a mix of a food/drink tour, an architecture walking tour, and a mobile documentary film. And you’ll get to meet the ever interesting community of UChicago alumni! Book your tour now as our events with the University of Chicago Alumni Club have all sold out.

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 with the 20% discount are $29 per person. Guests bring cash for beverages. Total cost is $32-$51 per tour guest inclusive of the 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 ($20), wine ($22), soda ($6) or water ($3).

Walking distance: .75 miles

Event Contact
Amanda Scotese, AM'13
Staff Liaison

If you have any questions regarding logistics of the event; i.e. where to meet, special request, parking, etc. please contact the Event Contact listed above.


Event Information
Saturday, May 20 2017 at 4:30pm - 7:30pm [ iCal ]
Argo Tea at Tribune Tower
435 N. Michigan Ave.