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ChicagoTraveler.com

September 09, 2014 07:05 ET

End of the Summer Tours in Chicago: Five Tour Ideas to Take Before Summer 2014 Ends in Chicago Released by ChicagoTraveler.com

Wave Summer Goodbye With Five Unique Tours of the Windy City; Enjoy the Best Ways to See the City

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - Sep 9, 2014) - From its expansive views of Lake Michigan to its bustling urban center, Chicago offers something to celebrate the interests of every summer visitor, but summer is quickly turning to autumn. So before summer is gone, experience summer in the city with one of these five end-of-summer tours compiled by ChicagoTraveler.com (www.chicagotravler.com), a travel and tourism site serving the area.

1 - Tour Company for Active Visitors - City Running Tours

City Running Tours offers six planned tours of Chicago, including the Uptown Andersonville Beer Run ($40) and the Haymarket Riot and Brewery Tour ($40). The other four planned tours include the Chicago's Front Yard Run ($30), the Burnham Plan Run ($30), the Ripped from the Headlines Run ($30), and the Streeterville Run ($30). A craft beer from the Hopleaf Bar is included in the price of the Uptown Andersonville Run, and a Speakerswagon® Pilsner Beer is included in the price of the Haymarket Riot and Brewery Tour.

These tours reveal bits of the history of Chicago with designated sightseeing stops along the way. They are three- and four-mile runs conducted at a casual pace that take from an hour to an hour and a half. The size of the tour group for the planned tours varies depending on registrations. City Running Tours provides each participant with a bottle of water. Runners are given directions to the meeting location for planned runs, and runners are then responsible for arriving on time. City Running Tours also offers visiting families and other groups the chance to select their own sites to visit and plan their own private walking tours. For more information, and to book a City Running Tour, visit http://www.cityrunningtours.com/chicago

2 - A Tour for Visiting Families - Bobby's Tike Hike

Bobby's Tike Hike is designed for families with kids 10 and under, but also keeps adults and older children entertained. Just tell older kids the tour is called Bobby's Chicago Bicycle Adventure, or some other suitable alternative title. The easy four and a half mile tour takes about two hours and includes visiting a hidden garden, petting animals at the Lincoln Park Zoo, tossing a coin in a wishing fountain, rubbing the foot of a giant Abraham Lincoln, and biking along Chicago's lakefront. Along the way, tour guides offer prizes and insights into Chicago trivia and history. Bicycles and helmets are included. Prices are $32.50 for adults, $22.50 for students and seniors, $16.50 for kids under 12, and $5.50 for kids under four.

3 - Tours for Foodies

Chicago Food Planet Tours offers four food-tasting and cultural walking tours through some of Chicago's most delicious, lesser-known neighborhoods. Along with tasting food and drinks at one-of-a-kind specialty food stores and local famous and ethnic restaurants, guides offer insider insights into Chicago's culture, history, and architecture. Tours include the Gold Coast and Old Town Tour, the Bucktown and Wicker Park Tour, the Chinatown Tour, and the Lincoln Park Tour. The tours are suitable for anyone of any age and fitness level. They range from one mile to one and four-tenths miles and last from two hours to three and a quarter hours. Adult tickets start at $35.

Chicago's Tastebud Tours offer three five-star walking tours that rank number one among Chicago's food walking tours. The tours explore Chicago's neighborhoods with five or six food-tasting stops on each tour. The Taste Chicago Tour explores the Chicago Loop including the central business district and Millennium Park. The Flavors of Chicago Tour visits the Gold Coast and the Magnificent Mile. The Sweet Chicago Tour also visits the Gold Coast and the Magnificent Mile for tastes of chocolates and desserts. Tour groups are kept small, and guides on the three-mile walking tours interact with the group members and accept sightseeing suggestions while offering information about Chicago's food, history, and architecture.

4 - A Tour for Thrill-Seeking Visitors - Rotor Zen Helicopters

Rotor Zen Helicopters provides visitors with a breathtaking aerial view of Chicago. The standard tour lasts 30 minutes and provides each passenger with his or her own window for views of the Chicago skyline which include the Willis Tower, formerly the Sears Tower; the John Hancock Building; the Trump Tower; Millennium Park; the Navy Pier; and Soldier Field. All seats are filled on the standard tour. Private tours are available for flights for two or for longer flights. Prices for the standard tour start at $199.

5 - A Tour for Architecture Fanatics - Chicago Detours

The Loop Interior Architecture Tour gives walking-tour participants the opportunity to see the magnificent lobbies and corridors of Chicago's architectural masterpieces. The two-hour tour also includes secret short-cuts and Chicago's underground Pedway system. Participants listen to stories of Chicago's history told by tour guides while sharing iPads loaded with archival maps, historic photos, and documentary video clips. As a gift, participants receive a color map of the Pedway system. The passionate, knowledgeable tour guides have degrees in architecture, design, and art history and have backgrounds as educators. Highlights of this top-rated Chicago tour include the Church in the Skyscraper and its stained-glass windows, the "Chicago Picasso" sculpture, the contemporary Block 37, Tiffany mosaics, the Marshall Field's Department Store, and the Chicago Cultural Center. Prices are $26 for adults or $24 for students and seniors.

Make the most of celebrating the end of summer in Chicago with one of these end-of-summer tour ideas.

Bonus Tour for Groups - The Chicago Tour Company

If you are planning a group trip to the Windy City there is no better tour guide option that The Chicago Tour Company. Enjoy day trips with all tour planning, lunch, entrance fees and tour guide services included, or go for multi-day tours with help from the pros at The Chicago Tour Company. Enjoy Chicago with the locals and see the city from the point of view of a native Chicagoan! Half days are $200, and full day experiences are $300. Contact the pros for extended rates.

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