The tour lasts for three hours and is fully narrated. Make sure to be dressed for the weather. The guide will meet the group downtown and walk everyone to Millennium Park. Watch the ice skaters enjoy the outdoor rink, and visit Chicago's official Christmas tree which is decorated with lights and lovely ornaments. Next on the tour is State Street. The street is decorated with lights and decorations and storefronts are filled with holiday displays. Enter the Macy's building to see the giant tree that is installed in the Walnut Room.
Next on the agenda are brownies at the Palmer House Hotel. This is actually where brownies were first made. Wash down the brownies with some craft beer from the Christkindlmarket. There will be time for shopping and eating some German cuisine. End the tour by eating some tradition Chicago pizza.
Do not be surprised if Santa Claus is spotted during the tour. This holiday tour is filled with nothing but fun and food. Everyone will be filled with holiday cheer by the time the tour ends.
Meet your guide in downtown Chicago to start your holiday walking tour. Visit Millennium Park and gaze over the large outdoor ice-skating rink that is flanked by the iconic buildings of downtown Chicago. Watch hundreds of skaters as they enjoy the free attraction. See the city's official Christmas tree, loaded with spectacular ornaments and lights.
Next, stroll down State Street where the lights, decorations and window displays dazzle. Follow your guide into the iconic Macy's building (formerly Marshall Field's) to see the "Great Tree," a 45-foot- (14-m-) tall Christmas tree that has been installed in the stately Walnut Room every winter for more than a century.
Throughout your tour, make stops for a variety of tasty treats, including a brownie sample at the Palmer House Hotel, where the chocolatey treat was invented! While in the historic building, your guide shows you the magnificent interior architecture of this grand old hotel, where many famous people have stayed since it opened in 1875.
Sample a selection of seasonal craft beers at a local bar, then have time to visit the largest open-air Christmas festival in Chicago, the traditional German-American Christkindlmarket. Taste savory authentic German cuisine at the festive outdoor market and browse for that perfect present. Stop by a local institution to try some of Chicago's famous deep dish pizza. You might discover Christmas choirs, a model train and Santa house as you stroll.
Pickup & Return:
Chicago Cultural Center, Randolph Street lobby.
Returns within a few blocks of original departure point.
Departure Times: 11:30am
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- Food tasting
- Local guide
Does not include:
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Gratuities (optional)
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- A moderate amount of walking is involved
- Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately