The All Ages 1893 World’s Fair Walking Tour digs into how and why the World’s Columbian Exposition still captures imaginations more than 125 years later. This 2-hour mostly indoor walking tour visits beautiful historical buildings in downtown Chicago that still remain from the time of the World’s Fair. You will learn more about the history of this incredible event while playing interactive, educational games like visual scavenger hunts.
This downtown tour visits some of the few remaining and spectacular buildings from the time of the World’s Fair. The fairgrounds themselves were in Jackson Park and on the Midway. You can best see the impact of the fair right in downtown Chicago. Here the architecture and landscape still show the World’s Fair imprint even today. Stepping into a glittering lobby of a 19th century hotel allows you to step into the past in your imagination.
Along with commentary illuminating the World’s Fair’s history, your guide will show you archival photos and images on shared iPads that help bring it to life. You’ll even get a chance to ride in a human-operated elevator, one of the last left in the city. In between tour commentary, the guide will lead you in interactive, educational games, including a visual scavenger hunt with historic clues. This is a fun way to learn about history, making it a good tour for guests of all ages, from kids to senior citizens!
This is a streamlined version of our regularly-scheduled 1893 World’s Fair Walking Tour with Bars. The All Ages version of the tour focuses on the educational games and architectural explorations and does not include a drink stop.