So Much to See & Do!
Day 1 - Chicago Southland and Beyond
Fifteen miles south of the Chicago loop, at the center of the historic planned industrial Pullman community, the Pullman Historic District and the Pullman State Historic Site use historic structures and public programs to showcase 19th and 20th Century industrial society. The signature Clock Tower Administration Building and Assembly Shops and the grand four story Hotel Florence give tangible evidence to the national and international influences of Pullman -- on transportation, industrial design, architecture, labor, urban and town planning and landscape design -- in the contemporary context of America's post-industrial economy, where much of the evidence of the industrial age has already disappeared. Visiting Pullman for a private walking tour is a wonderful way for your group to immerse themselves in the town while learning about this unique chapter in history. Before starting the walking portion of your tour, visitors will start at the Visitor Center where they will have the opportunity to:
Your group will then take a guided walk of the town and learn about the history of Pullman, its architecture and the landmark community today. During the tour, visitors experience a walk back in time - almost all of the original 1880s housing and many original public buildings comprise the district today. Your group will also visit the interior of the Greenstone Church and the Hotel Florence (based on availability). Tours are conducted by trained volunteer guides who are residents or admirers of Pullman.
Your group will enjoy an afternoon of infinite amazement at The Museum of Science and Industry, the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere with over 800 captivating interactive exhibits. Discover the Museum of Science & Industry’s fascinating history and architecture (It is housed in the former Palace of Fine Arts from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition) and explore several popular exhibits including a full-size replica coal mine, German submarine U-505 captured during World War II, a 3,500-square-foot model railroad, the first diesel-powered streamlined stainless-steel passenger train (Pioneer Zephyr) and the Apollo 8 spacecraft that carried the first humans to orbit the Moon.
Following an afternoon of learning, your group can enjoy a night out at the ball game. Take them to TOYOTA PARK, where your group can watch the Chicago Fire chase the MLS Cup or a take short drive to Guranteed Rate Field to cheer on the Chicago White Sox!
•Enjoy a game with Chicago Fire Soccer Club, the American professional soccer club based in the Chicago Southland, a suburb of Bridgeview, Illinois. The team competes in Major League Soccer (MLS) in the Eastern Conference of the league. The organization is named for the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, and was founded on October 8, 1997, the event's 126th anniversary. In their first league season in 1998, the Fire won the MLS Cup as well as the U.S. Open Cup (the "double"). They have also won U.S. Open Cups in 2000, 2003, and 2006; in addition to the 2003 MLS Supporters' Shield.
•Enjoy a game with one of the American League's finest, Chicago White Sox. The team was established as a major league baseball club in 1900. The club was originally called the Chicago White Stockings, but this was soon shortened to Chicago White Sox. The team plays home games at Guaranteed Rate Field on the South Side of Chicago for the eight decades. World Series championships: 2005, 1917, 1906
Other evening options depending on the season include: Chicago Bulls, Chicago Bears, Broadway in Chicago and various performing arts centers.
Day 2 - Chicago Southland and Chicago
On the second day of your Chicagoland tour, split the group up and let them enjoy what they like best. Whether it be shopping or golfing, the Chicagoland can has it all!
Day 3 - Chicago
Spend the day at Chicago's Museum Campus. With terraced gardens and broad walkways, Chicago's Museum Campus at the southern end of Grant Park makes it easy for pedestrians to visit three of the city's most beloved institutions: the natural history museum, aquarium, and planetarium. The Museum Campus was created after a reconfiguration of Lake Shore Drive in 1998 -- previously, lanes ran through the middle of the area, dividing it up and creating some tricky navigation from the parking lots to the museums. Now the lanes have been moved to the west, and the major attractions of the Museum Campus -- the Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, and Soldier Field -- are all tied together by green space.
For dinner your group will be welcomed at Tommy Gun's Garage Dinner Theater and Chicago's roaring twenties. Not long after the turn of the century, in a decade known as the Roaring Twenties, the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages was outlawed and strictly prohibited. Nevertheless, men like Alphonse Capone and his mafia family, refused to adhere to the law, opening illegal speakeasies across the city of Chicago, offering alcohol, gambling and hotbox entertainment. Tommy Gun's Garage is an Audience Interactive "Speakeasy" that offers a musical comedy review wit da gangsters, da flappers and YOU!!!!!(uh, dat's audience participation). After a delicious sit-down dinner, join "Vito", "Gloves", and da "gangsters" and da "flappers" for non-stop comedy and dangerous fun. You will be transported back to da 1920s complete wit da boss's 1928 Model "A" Ford, Roaring Twenties music and memorabilia from da Twenties. Da mugs and da molls dance and sing da Charleston and udder musical selections from Cole Porter to George Gershwin, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington and more... All played by Chicago's Sinfully Orchestra. Be ready to hide your hooch (alcohol) cause we could get raided by da coppers at anytime. Be careful, you could get pulled up on stage at any time to perform a sobriety test given by Officer Murphy.
** Please note: Itinerary may be modified to meet your group’s specific needs. Locations and selections are subject to availability. Please contact Tobie at Tobie@VisitChicagoSouthland.com or 708-895-8200 to obtain current pricing and confirmation of dates and locations.
Historic Pullman District
Museum of Science & Industry
Chicago Fire at TOYOTA PARK
Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field
The Pickwick Society Tea Room
Chicago's Magnificent Mile
Tommy Gun's Garage Dinner Theater
Chicago's Museum Campus
Previous Page | Print Itinerary