Chicago Detours launches Photo Contest

Winner and 12 Friends Experience a Private “Good Times Historic Bar Tour”


Chicago, IL – To celebrate the February launch of the “Good Times Historic Bar Tour,” Chicago Detours is running a creative photo contest. Grand Prize is an all-inclusive private “Good Times Historic Bar Tour,” a walking tour which takes place 95% indoors and shares hidden history around the Mag Mile area. The $1,000 value private tour package includes beer or wine at three stops, light appetizers, shared use of iPads, expert guide commentary, and a valuable gift packet.

The “Good Times Historic Bar Tour” visits the present and former spots of grand balls, Jazz Age shows, elite soirees, speakeasies, theater performances, and more, as Chicago Detours founder Amanda Scotese shares stories of both scandalous and wholesome forms of entertainment. Guests share iPads with historic photos and video clips.
Contestants must share a digital photograph that creativelyPhoto for the Photo Contest expresses their idea of a “good time” in Chicago. Image submissions accepted through an app on the Chicago Detours Facebook Page through 11:59pm on Jan. 21st.

The photo contest was launched earlier this week, and submissions thus far include pictures of sparkling lights, silouettes of hands in the air at a rock concert, and the flash mob “white dinner” in Daley Plaza. Contestants are encouraged to increase their chances of winning the grand prize by inviting friends to participate.
Other valuable prizes:
2nd Place: $240 Value: 2 tickets to Chicago Detours’ Jazz, Blues and Beyond tour by bus and a $100 gift certificate for Italian-inspired cuisine at Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush.
3rd Place: $52 Value: 2 tickets to Chicago Detours’ signature Inside the Loop: Explore the Uenxpected walking tour of interior architecture and the underground Pedway network.
4th Place: $16 Value: Rick Kogan’s book published by Claremont Press: A Chicago Tavern: A Goat, a Curse, and the American Dream
Photos will be judged on originality, composition, expressive quality, and visual appeal. Judges are C.J. Smith, Professional Photographer with Out of Chicago blog, and Wendy Bright, Photography Curator of Wendy’s City.This tour will be available to the public for the month of February as an antidote to winter cabin fever. Tour stops include the opulent late 19th-century mansion that is now Lawry’s Restaurant, and the recreational fantasy for the Shriners that is now the magnificent Intercontinental Hotel. Tour times for February 1-29 are Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays 5:45pm-8:00pm. Cost is $29 for regular tickets, $27 for students and seniors. Guests must be 18 or over, and reservations are required. Tour starts inside Argo Tea at 435 N. Michigan Ave (Tribune Tower), and includes guide commentary, shared use of iPads with photos and video clips, light appetizers, and valuable gift packets. Guests are advised to bring cash for drinks.

This fun, cultural tour will always be available for private group tours. Chicago Detours can accommodate family reunions, birthday parties, and corporate group outings with the “Good Times Historic Bar Tour.” Interested parties can email or call 312.350.1131 for the private tours catalog.

Chicago Detours, after one year in business, has five-star ratings on both Yelp and TripAdvisor, and was voted one of Chicago’s Best Tours in the Chicago Reader Best of Chicago polls. Scotese has 8 years experience as a tour guide, and especially honed her skills while employed as a guide and guidebook researcher with Rick Steves, one of the nation’s most well-known travel authors and television personalities. She enriched her knowledge of architecture, urban studies, and art history through her M.A. in the Humanities at the University of Chicago. Further information on Amanda Scotese and Chicago Detours is available on the website,