Jazz & Blues History Tour with Jazz Fest Weekend

Last chance for Top-Rated Tour


Chicago Detours will present  “Our Chicago Sound: Jazz, Blues & Beyond”, Saturday, September 3rd from 1:15 p.m to 3:45 p.m.

The Tour has received 5-star reviews on Yelp and TripAdvisor.

Quotes from Yelp Reviews:

– “The tour was fun, informative and had some exciting twists.”

– “What an amazing adventure we went on! 2 1/2 hours of jazz and blues history (or is it blues vs. jazz? Yes, it’s discussed here), on a comfy air conditioned bus that whisks you from north side to south and in-between, all while learning about the history of music and culture in Chicago.”

– “Another really cool thing about the tour, if you’re not a native Chicagoan, this tour takes you to neighborhoods the typical tourist would never see; the ‘real’ Chicago.”

The tour has been covered by TimeOut Chicago, Metromix, WGN evening news, SNS Post, and Downbeat Magazine. Want to see video? We made a video, and here’s the WGN piece.

Tickets are $70 ($65 students/seniors) and include:
-Swanky bus ride, from North to South sides on a journey of the cultural history of music.
-Video screens on the bus illuminate scenes from the past
-Exclusive step inside a landmark of music history with rare jazz club relics
-A stop at the old studios of Chess Records.
-Talk of the Great Migration, Maxwell Street market, the rift between jazz and blues communities.
-Red velvet cookies
-Live blues musician comes on the bus for a special lesson.

This tour is much more than whizzing by buildings and parking lots! Jazz, Blues & Beyond is a completely new kind of interactive tour, and this weekend is the last Chicago Detours will offer it to the public in 2011.

How to come:

-Reserve online at chicagodetours.com (required reservations)
-Come to Jazz Record Mart (27 E. Illinois St.) by about 1pm
-Tour goes 1:15pm-3:45pm.
-Includes interactive dynamic, multimedia presentation, engaging commentary, and valuable extras. 

Amanda Scotese, Executive Director and Tour Curator

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