Holiday Tour of Drinks, Daleys and Dead Guys
Experience some classic Chicago holiday traditions and hear off-the-beaten path stories. We’ll walk (in mostly-heated indoor spaces) to fully enjoy the spirit of the holidays in downtown Chicago.
What You Will Do
We have some inside stories on our Chicago holiday lights tour! Hear about how Mayor Richard J. Daley saved the Christmas Parade, and then how his son, Richard M., was almost awarded a stocking of coal for his affront to the holidays. Your Chicago tour guide will share the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’s birth in Chicago. We’ll even have an overview of the development of consumerism for Christmas. This historic walking tour is not your typical holiday lights tour of Chicago!
The holiday tour has some classic experiences, too. We’ll go into the former Marshall Field’s Department Store, where Chicago holiday traditions have a rich and long history. You’ll have your choice of a beer from the local Revolution Brewery or a glass of wine. While enjoying those drinks, you’ll gaze at the giant holiday tree in the historic Walnut Room and discover forgotten stories and make new memories.
- Commentary from an expert tour guide
- Candy Gift
- Pedway or Pedestrian Way System map of Chicago
While we stay mostly indoors, dress appropriately for the weather. Drinks are not included - bring $25 cash to cover drinks (a holiday cocktail and 1 serving of wine or beer) and server gratuities. Options available for non-drinkers.
All sales are final, but you may reschedule your reservation with at least 48 hours notice