Michigan Avenue Culture & history

Our most recommended Michigan Avenue Culture & history

Chicago: Beautiful Lakefront and Museum Campus Segway Tour

1. Chicago: Beautiful Lakefront and Museum Campus Segway Tour

Segways are amazingly fun and there is no better way to tour a world-class city like Chicago than on your own personal set of wheels--a Segway! Our eight-mile Lakefront Chicago Segway tour lets you learn about and view and many Chicago's attractions in a highly unique way. As you glide effortlessly and enjoy the lakefront, you can learn the history of our city from your friendly and professional tour guide. Immerse yourself in the area's countless attractions, gorgeous parks and gardens, and stunning photo opportunities. See sights like Grant Park, the BP Bridge, the Bean, and the Buckingham Fountain, as well as generous views of Lake Michigan and the majestic skyline. Segways are safe to use, easy to learn, and fun to ride. We offer a thorough training session from our certified guides before we begin the tour.

Chicago: 1.5-Hour Romantic Sunset Cruise

2. Chicago: 1.5-Hour Romantic Sunset Cruise

Relax as you glide over the Chicago River and into Lake Michigan on this cruise. Enjoy the glow of the sunset on Chicago's sparkling skyline. Have the option to purchase delectable drinks and snacks at the onboard bar as you sail. Start your sunset cruise on the Chicago River at Michigan Avenue. Make your way along the main branch of the river towards Lake Michigan before entering the Chicago Locks, a modern engineering marvel, that will transfer the vessel onto the great Lake Michigan. The vessel will cruise along Lake Michigan as the sun sets behind the wonderful skyline offering several amazing views. Your local tour guide will give a very brief commentary along the Chicago River and entrance to Lake Michigan, but most of the 1.5-hour cruise is spent without narration, leaving you to watch the sun put on a beautiful display with the City skyline. Admire the many angles of the Chicago skyline from Lake Michigan, one of the largest bodies of fresh water in the world. Capture magical views of Chicago's twin super-skyscrapers, the famous Willis (formerly Sears) Tower and the John Hancock Building. You'll also get to admire the majesty of Grant Park with its famous Buckingham Fountain, and iconic Chicago venues such as Soldier’s Field, Adler Planetarium, and the Shedd Aquarium. During your cruise, treat yourself at the full-service cash bar featuring authentic Chicago products. Try local beer and spirits and Garrett’s Popcorn. Choose between the fresh air of the open-air decks or enjoy the comfort of the climate-controlled interiors during your cruise. Don’t forget to take a selfie at the Grand Staircase at the front of the boat or pose for photos at the picturesque stern or bow of this classic vessel.

Chicago: Treasures of the Golden Age Walking Tour

3. Chicago: Treasures of the Golden Age Walking Tour

This Historic Treasures of Chicago tour covers the most significant historic architectural landmarks in Chicago’s Loop. Your expert guide, trained by the Chicago Architecture Center, will focus on great cultural buildings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, which harkened back to earlier time periods and were designed in revival styles such as Beaux Arts, neo-Georgian and neo-Gothic. Marvel at exteriors and interiors of dazzling beauty and startling originality, and get a glimpse inside some of the city's most beloved buildings.    The highlights of this walking tour will include the Chicago Cultural Center, home to the world's largest Tiffany dome; the iconic Marshall Field's department store, now Macy's on State; and the Palmer House, a beautifully restored hotel from the 1920s. 

Chicago: History, Culture and Architecture Walking Tour

4. Chicago: History, Culture and Architecture Walking Tour

Start your tour under the dazzling marquee of the Chicago Theater (which you might recognize from the movie-musical Chicago) before heading off into the bustling city. Your first stop is inside one of the best-preserved spaces built for shopping in Chicago, featuring an unforgettable atrium at its core. Then head towards the Chicago Pedway, a uniquely Chicago feature used by locals and commuters daily to move about the city in a network of underground tunnels. Afterward, head back above-ground near City Hall and head inside to see the classic interior design and architecture. Next, enjoy a sweet treat, and local tradition: Chicago-style popcorn. Weather permitting, take a stroll along the Chicago Riverwalk while taking in views of several soaring buildings, including Marina Towers, the Britannica Building, and the Willis Tower. From there, make your way to another delicious destination. Along the way, enjoy views of the world-famous Wrigley Building and the incredible Chicago Tribune building, the heart of Chicago’s thriving and historic journalism industry. Your second tasty confection is locally made chocolate from a Chicago staple. Finally, take a stroll through the beautiful lakefront parks along Michigan Avenue. Round up your tour in the picturesque Millennium Park, home to the iconic Bean sculpture. Here, your guide will conclude your tour and point you in the right direction toward more amazing sights, great lunch spots, or drink recommendations.

Chicago: Food, History and Architecture Tour with Tastings

5. Chicago: Food, History and Architecture Tour with Tastings

Discover the architecture and food scene of Chicago on a guided day tour. Learn more about the city's history and vibrant food scene as you discover various bustling neighborhoods and historic areas. Start the tour under the dazzling marquee of the Chicago Theater. Explore the bustling city where the first stop is inside one of the best-preserved spaces built for shopping in Chicago, featuring an unforgettable atrium at its core. Then, head towards the Chicago Pedway. This unique feature of Chicago is used by locals and commuters daily to move about the city in a network of underground tunnels. Make your way above ground at City Hall, and admire its classic interior design and architecture. Next, visit a spot for a tasty sweet treat, and a local tradition, Chicago-style popcorn. Take a stroll along the Chicago Riverwalk while taking in views of several soaring buildings, including Marina Towers, the Britannica Building, and the Sears Tower (now known as the Willis Tower). From there, visit another delicious destination for locally made chocolates from a Chicago staple. Meander through the beautiful lakefront parks along Michigan Avenue, finishing at picturesque Millennium Park, home to the iconic Bean sculpture. Travel by ‘L” train or ride share with your guide from Millennium Park up to the River North neighborhood, the original Chicago foodie destination. Your food tour starts with a very well-known Chicago fare, the Chicago-style hot dog. Every Chicagoan has his or her own preference as to how the dog should be made, and you’ll get a chance to try your guide’s favorite version. Next up is the world-famous Chicago deep-dish pizza. An entire meal unto itself, this staple of the Chicago food scene originated in River North in the 1940s when workers and families needed filling dishes at low prices. Your guide will take you to a pizza place that’s an icon to Chicago natives to try the real deal for yourself. After you’ve filled up on pizza and hot dogs, continue your tasting journey with a classic Chicago sandwich, the Italian beef. Sample this sandwich in a real Chicago institution with no-frills decor. Our tour ends here, and your guide will be happy to direct you back to your accommodation or share tips for what else to see in the city.

Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago Exclusive Guided Tour

6. Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago Exclusive Guided Tour

Getting to see famous artworks by true contemporary masters is a rare experience, but on a busy day at the art museum you might not even be able to enjoy what you’re seeing! On this exclusive, small group tour of the Art Institute of Chicago, your guide will show you the most famous pieces in a collection of 300,000, and you’ll actually get to enjoy them before the crowds. Meet your expert guide by the Lions on Michigan Avenue, then slip into the doors of the Art Institute for an exclusive guided tour. First, visit the gallery and take in George Seurat’s can’t-miss masterpiece A Sunday on La Grande Jatte. Then, wander over to enjoy alone time with three of Van Gogh’s pieces: The Bedroom, Self Portrait, and The Drinkers. Next, continue your journey into Impressionism with the Claude Monet’s mesmerizing artworks such as Stacks of Wheat, Water Lilies, and Water Lily Pond. Watch these pieces come to life as your guide shares the stories behind these iconic paintings. Visit galleries featuring works by American artists such as Georgia O'Keefe, Edward Hopper, and Jacob Lawrence. Here, you will even get to see the iconic American Gothic by Grant Wood! Finally, enjoy the intriguing works of Spanish artists Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí. Learn the story behind Picasso's The Old Guitarist before seeing Dalí’s Inventions of the Monsters and the head-scratching Venus de Milo With Drawers statue.

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What people are saying about Michigan Avenue

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 141 reviews

With so many buildings and architecture to see, which ones are the most significant and relevant? This is where the tour comes in. The tour guide did not disappoint; you enter into some of the buildings where if you go by yourself, you wouldn’t dare. The tour is awesome and it leaves you with a nice feeling of appreciating the architecture of the city. Buildings we entered: Chicago Cultural Center Palmer House Marshall Field and Company Building - this is the Macy's store, its public, but the surprise is something that you wouldn't see if you are wandering by yourself (Ceiling with Tiffany Mosaics). Impressive and highly recommended.

Great boat cruise, absloutely amazing seeing the the sunset over the city. Staff were great and the lovely lady speaking was fun and educational. It gets busy but we all managed to have seats upstairs. 5 star reccomdation!

BEAUTIFUL experience. Me and my wife took this cruise her first time in Chicago. Worth the money, nice environment and good drink choices!

Me and my lady had a really great time. Talked to a bunch of people and took a lot of pictures

A awesome relaxing and beautiful cruise with a little history thrown in!!