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Chicago Detours launches "Good Times Historic Bar Tour"

Posted by Admin On February - 1 - 2012

Limited Run Tour Stays Primarily Indoors  for February


CHICAGO, IL – This evening (February 1) Chicago Detours launches its new “Good Times Historic Bar Tour,”  a walking tour which takes place 95% indoors and shares hidden history around the Mag Mile area. 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. A video of the tour shares a peek at this memorable, cultural experience, which digs into stories and locales that locals don’t even know.

Like Chicago Detours’ signature “Inside the Loop” architectural walking tour, guests share iPads with historic photos and video clips. For this special tour, tickets also include light appetizers. The tour will be offered for the month of February only. This top-rated tour company, which has five-star ratings on both Yelp and TripAdvisor, will offer the February run as an antidote to the cold weather and a great pre-dinner activity during Restaurant Week.

Tour stops include the famous Billy Goat Tavern, Phil Stefani’s 437 (once a jazz club and speakeasy), and Lawry’s Restaurant (a 19th-century mansion). Groups also enter the opulent social club that is now the magnificent Intercontinental Hotel. Schedule for February 1-29: Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays 5:45pm-8:00pm. Because Saturday tours have sold out so quickly, Chicago Detours has also added more Saturday tours at 8:30pm. Guests must be 18 or over, and reservations are required via www.chicagodetours.com. All tours are expected to sell out.

Tour starts inside Argo Tea at 435 N. Michigan Ave (Tribune Tower), ends at 100 E. Ontario (inside Lawry’s) and includes guide commentary, shared use of iPads with photos and video clips, light appetizers, and valuable gift packets. Cost is $29 for regular tickets, $27 for students and seniors. Guests are advised to bring cash for drinks.While the public tours are scheduled only for February, 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 amanda@chicagodetours.com or call 312.350.1131 for the private tours catalog.


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, www.chicagodetours.com.

Amanda Scotese


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