Enjoy a city break in fascinating Chicago with its wonderful architecture and vibrant culture. This itinerary explores Chicago in-depth and puts the best guides and services at your disposal. You’ll experience the historic city center, the world renowned Chicago River Architecture cruise and have exclusive opportunities to focus on arts and culture with your private guide. Choose a curator-led visit to the vaults of the Chicago History Museum, a private guided tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home and Studio, a visit to the studio of a renowned Chicago artist, or a custom music tour that will take you to the best clubs in the city. All of these with your professional guide via comfortable private transportation.
Meet your professional driver for a private airport transfer.
See the city by land, sky and water! Take a private walking tour of Chicago’s “Loop”, where the skyscraper was born! Your expert guide will plan a route covering the incredible variety of the city’s architecture including treasures from the turn of the last century through the superstar architects of today! See the beautiful Marquette building, the lobby of the Rookery, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, treasures by Mies van der Rohe, the iconic “corn cobs” of Marina City, and the new Trump Tower on the river walk! You’ll also explore the Loop’s extraordinary public art by Calder, Miro and Picasso. Experience a thrilling ascent to the 103rd floor of the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower with your FastPass. The newly completed transformation combines information, education and excitement showcasing Chicago from its historic past to the modern city you see today. Step out on “The Ledge” for a clear view from an all glass balcony straight to the street over 100 stories down! Enjoy Lunch on your own at a unique Chicago dining spot recommended by your guide before setting out on the Chicago River Architectural Cruise.
With the sparkling river beneath you, you'll glide past buildings by the world's most innovative architects on this 90 minute ride. Enjoy comfortable seating on the top deck or the cozy quarters below depending on the weather. Your guide will pick you up and return you to your hotel.
Visit the couture collection of the Chicago History Museum on this private guided tour! You’ll be led thru areas not open to the public to see an incredible wealth of fashion history. See gowns worn by the city’s most celebrated women from the founders to the present day. Legendary designers like Oscar de la Renta, Coco Chanel, Christian Dior and so many more are represented. With over 50,000 pieces, the collection is the second largest in the country. This exclusive opportunity will truly amaze you! Next, learn what’s going on with the city’s fashion scene today with visits to the studios and shops of some of the city’s best new designers and fashion entrepreneurs. Whether your interest is custom couture, ready to wear, accessories or jewelry, your guide will “tailor” the day to your interests and personal style. Your tour includes private transportation, guide and admission to the museum.
Enjoy traveling through the charming streets of Oak Park and River Forest, and discover the local history and amazing architectures that surrounds you. View Frank Lloyd Wright’s first private commission, the stunning Winslow House, learn the story of Wright’s “Bread and Butter” cottages and see where Ernest Hemingway was born. Afterwards, tour the landmark Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio with an expert guide. The total restoration reveals the depth of Wright’s talent and extraordinary principles of his work. Your guide will lead a walking tour past some of Wright’s most important designs ending with a tour of his masterpiece, Unity Temple. Your tour includes private transfers and guide.
Spend the day with your guide experiencing the best of the Chicago Art Scene. Take a walk through the River North Gallery district. You’ll be welcomed by gallery owners and have the chance to explore according to your tastes. Venture to the new Bridgeport Arts District to see warehouse properties repurposed as galleries and studios for art, fashion and furnishings. Visit the studio of a renowned artist for an in depth discovery! Your tour includes private transfers, guide and entrance fees.
Chicago is a mecca for Blues and Jazz performers and fans! Experience the best of the Chicago scene on this private music tour with an expert guide. This extraordinary evening will be custom designed by you and your guide to create a night you’ll remember for years to come. Private transportation will make getting around a breeze as you visit the hottest clubs in the city for the coolest sounds around!
Centrally located in Chicago, this elegant hotel sits atop Water Tower Place, near the shops on the Magnificent Mile and the Hancock Observatory. The Ritz-Carlton Chicago (A Four Seasons Hotel) provides a full-service health spa, two restaurants, an indoor pool, and sun deck with city views. Guestrooms at this Ritz-Carlton offer city or lake views and LCD TVs with DVD players; bathrooms include marble vanities and large soaking tubs.
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