Who We Are
Tour Chicago is a group of local Chicagoans and avid bikers who want to show the Chicago that visitors miss out on at other companies. Working at other bike, food, and boat tour companies around Chicago, we realized that a lot of them were taking visitors to the same neighborhoods and sites and none were venturing to the most culturally rich and diverse parts of Chicago. Many people live their entire lives in Chicago without ever seeing the many attractions of The Loop, but fall in love with the city just as hard as those who do. Why is that? Well, we'd like to show you! Be it by bike or on foot, we'll show you some of the richest, truest parts of Chicago history and culture in all of these "unexplored neighborhoods" that are overshadowed by the ease of The Loop.
Everything we do is built upon these core values: passion, authenticity, community, and fun. A tour with us feels more like spending an afternoon with your in-the-know, local friend as opposed to a typical tour guide. You’ll get to see a day in the life of a local, be part of Chicago’s vast commuter culture, and explore the city on bikes; a way people rarely get to see. If you're ready to experience Chicago as a local, hungry to try new foods and experiences, or want to explore beyond downtown without the hassle of driving and parking, Tour Chicago is here for you. We are the company for those who love the journey as much as the destination.
Chicago is the City of Neighborhoods, each with a distinct culture, character, and vibe. With people today preferring the ease of small city living over the bustle of a major metropolis, Chicago offers the best of both worlds through more than 200 diverse neighborhoods. The people who know these neighborhoods best are the ones who bike them everyday. Each morning thousands of Chicago cyclists take to the streets, biking to work, the store, or just for fun. One could say bicycles are as “Chicago” as Pizza Puffs and Rainbow Cake. As the one time bike building capital of America, the birthplace of the famous Schwinn brand, and having an affinity toward bike friendly mayors, Chicago is an American city that has long been dominated by bikes; creating a unique biking culture unlike anywhere else in the world!
There is no better way to learn a community than through their food, so our bike tours show off great restaurants, sights and attractions in “hidden” neighborhoods across the city, while reawakening that love for bike riding by exposing people to the ease and joy of navigating Chicago by bike. Our guests leave with a personal understanding and appreciation of the neighborhoods we visit, and the confidence to hop on a bike and explore on their own. If you want to say you've seen the city, you've gotta see it by bike!
What do you mean by 'more local'?
While working at other tour companies in the city, we noticed a rift between the Chicago we worked in, toured through, and talked about, and the Chicago we went home to. We often encountered people on our tours who'd say things like "sure, the skyline's nice, but living here I bet you never see it." or "I don't see any schools! Do they bus the kids to the suburbs?" We knew we had to take people to the "real Chicago" beyond downtown and The Loop. The city of ice cream trucks, street festivals, and neighborhood softball, farmer's markets, front porch concerts, and Movies in the Parks. We want to offer an unfiltered, unapologetic view of our community, a glimpse into what it's like to call this place home and why, despite our famous winters, we still love living in Chicago. But let's stop talking about it, we want to show you! Here’s a #PromoCode (CHI2020) to use at checkout for 15% off one of our tours. Thanks for reading up on us!