1893 World's Fair Tour with Bars and Food

This very special walking tour digs into how and why the 1893 World’s Fair captures our imaginations more than any other event in Chicago history. Unlike other World’s Fair tours and “Devil in the White City” tours, which likely revolve around facts and trivia, we dig deeper. We dug through archives, studied photographs, and designed games to devise a fun and insightful walking tour.

This walking tour is much more than just a tour! The food and beer on our tour connect with stories of the 1893 World’s Fair. With just intermittent walks outside, the 1893 World’s Fair Tour makes for a great walking tour this winter and spring.

We did serious sleuthing to create a downtown tour of the few remaining buildings from the time of the World’s Fair. People think that you have to go south of downtown to understand the history of the World’s Fair, but it’s impact on the architecture and landscape of downtown Chicago is still visible today.

Tours that identify distinctly as “food tours” have guests eat a ton of food. On our walking tour we will eat a pleasant amount that can comprise a light meal.

Think of this 3-hour-long walking tour as broken up as 5% outdoors, 95% indoors, 20% clue-based games and visual scavenger hunts, 20% food and drink time, and 100% awesome historical tour time. We know the math doesn’t add up – we hope you get the idea!

 

Location

  • The rapid changes in culture around the turn of the century
  • The 1893 Fair's array of foods and food sculpture
  • Parlor songs in the past
  • The beginnings of consumer culture and advertising
  • Amusements on the Midway of the 1893 World's Columbian