Hidden Gems That Bring Chicago to Life

 The city skyline from the lakefront in Grant Park, Chicago
The city skyline from the lakefront in Grant Park, Chicago | © Ian Dagnall / Alamy Stock Photo
Chicago is studded with sites you won’t find anywhere else. It has a varied and fascinating history to uncover, but with all-modern perks, being an artist’s, designer’s and foodie’s dream city. Chicago is boundless, and Culture Trip’s curated list of tours and experiences can immerse you in it all.

Chicago has so much to offer, it can be a little overwhelming. With these tours, you can discover Chicago’s donut craze, explore Chinatown, uncover Chicago’s thriving street-arts scene, compare its modern architectural marvels to its intriguing past, enjoy famous old Prohibition-era gangster haunts and more.

ToursChicago Architecture Walking Tour: Spectacular High Views & Low Views
From $30 per person
2 hours

Ever wonder where you can go to get a good “high-up” view of Chicago? Come with us as we gain special access to hidden heights and unique depths in the heart of the city. Tours cover about 1.5 miles at a leisurely pace on foot, and last about 2 hours.

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ToursChicago Hauntings Original Ghost Bus Tour
From $19 per person
2 hours 30 minutes
3 (3)

Often imitated but never matched, this 2.5-hour to 3-hour ghost bus tour with stops remains the “Best of Chicago” since its founding 18 years ago by the city’s ghostlorist, Ursula Bielski. Ursula and her team of veteran paranormal researchers and historians have thrilled thousands of guests with firsthand experiences of this, one of the world’s most legendarily notorious cities. We take you where the other walking tours simply can’t–to the many shadowed corners where the fateful tales began. From the Fort Dearborn Massacre to the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. From the Great Chicago Fire to the Eastland Disaster. From ghost ships that sail Lake Michigan to the Chicago origins of “Ghostbusters” and to the lair of the Devil Baby of Hull House.

ToursChicago Chinatown History & Culture Tour
From $20 per person
1 hour 30 minutes

Whether you’ve come to Chinatown for years or it’s your first time, our Chinatown walking tour is ideal for you! Did you know that Chinatown is home to one of Chicago’s largest parks? Have you ever toured Chinatown’s Buddhist temple? Our public tour covers the historical commercial Wentworth Avenue, Chinatown Gate, Nine Dragon Wall, Landmark On-Leong Merchants Association (Pui Tak Center today), Chinese Buddhist Temple, St. Therese Catholic Church, Chinese Zodiac Square, the Four Greatest Inventions of ancient Chinese, Chinatown Mural, as well as Ping Tom Memorial Park. The 90-minute walking tour takes place on Saturday at 10 a.m. between May 25 and August 31. Meeting at Chinatown Square by the Zodiac Animal Statues, guests will explore famous Chinatown landmarks such as The Nine Dragon Wall, St. Therese Chinese Catholic Church, the former On Leong Building, and Ping Tom Memorial Park. For more information please visit our website: www.chicagocci.com.