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On this "see and taste" walking tour, you will see what downtown Chicago looked like at the time of the 1893 World's Fair as well as taste new foods that were introduced at the fair. By 1893, Chicago was the second largest city in the country, and hosted 27 million visitors from around the world who traveled here for the World's Columbian Exposition. If you were a visitor in 1893, what would you do after a day at the fair? How would you get around town? Where would you sleep? And what would you eat?

1.75 Hours
$23 public
$15 CAF members
CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

By the time of the 1893 World's Fair, downtown Chicago was expanding rapidly with major hotels and a large retail shopping district, metal frame office towers, buildings to house the arts and cable cars and elevated trains. On this one and a half hour walking tour, you will learn how Chicago developed into a world class city. You will see historic buildings from 1893, and learn about the business leaders and architects who "built" Chicago. You will also get to taste food that first made its appearance at the world's fair and is still popular today. Did you know that all beef hot dogs started in Chicago in 1893? Or that sweet treats like Cracker Jack, brownies and Wrigley Spearmint and Juicy Fruit gum began here? Join us on this fun "see and taste" walking tour.

This tour includes a full-sized hot dog, caramel corn and brownie that can be eaten along the way or taken home with you. Beverages are not included, but you may bring your own on the tour. Please note that open beverage containers may not be allowed on all tour stops.

Upcoming Food and Architecture of 1893 Tours

Saturday Jul 28

  • 1:30pm Sold Out