Tour topics are overlooked stories and fresh concepts, like the psychology behind the modernist architecture of Chase Tower or the curiosities of historic toys from Marshall Field’s department store. Kids will love the interactive dynamic as guide asks questions to prompt discussion. Plus there’s a game and the winning contestant gets a prize!
“We introduce some bigger concepts in this tour that are geared more toward adults who want to learn,” states Chicago Detours founder Amanda Scotese. “But we’ve had kids of all ages stay engaged for the entire tour. Once a previous tour guest emailed me saying that her teenage daughter was shocked that the entire tour she had not thought of looking at her cell phone!”
Groups meet just inside the southeast entrance of Chase Tower, 10 S. Dearborn St. The tour walks 1/2 mile through the Loop before arriving at the Chicago Cultural Center two hours later. The tour does cost money for parents, so check the site for details on the cost. These tours include shared use of iPads that have video content and interesting features like pages from Marshall Field catalogs from the 20th century. Discounts for seniors and students are available. Reservations are required, and can be made on their website, www.chicagodetours.com.
Chicago Detours founder Amanda Scotese honed her skills as a tour professional during the several years she has worked as a tour guide and guidebook researcher with the travel company of Rick Steves, one of the nation’s most well-known travel authors and television personalities. Scotese studied architecture, urbanism, and art history through her interdisciplinary M.A. in the Humanities at the University of Chicago.
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