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This tour explores the compelling true story told by Erik Larson in his best selling book, "The Devil in the White City," about two simultaneous events in Chicago history: the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 and the emergence of serial murderer Dr. Henry H. Holmes.

3.25 Hours
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

We begin the tour with a presentation featuring period photographs of the Fair and its central characters, followed by a bus tour to locations and buildings that fair goers would have experienced. This diverse tour stops at the street that was home to Chicago's business and social elite during the Fair, winds past the home of Fair critic Ida B. Wells, highlights the Midway and the site of the Ferris Wheel and stops for a short walking tour of the Fairgrounds in Jackson Park. Those who have read Erik Larson’s book will learn more about the circumstances surrounding the Fair and Dr. Holmes; those who haven’t will find this tour to be a fascinating introduction to the 1893 World's Fair and the evil Dr. Holmes.

  • For guests unable to use stairs, please notify us at least two weeks in advance (when possible) by calling 312.922.3432 to ensure an accessible bus is available.
  • Mobility aids (walkers, wheelchairs, etc.) can be stored on the bus.
  • Guests are invited to bring a bag lunch and beverage onboard the bus.
  • Ticket price includes entrance to the Chicago Architecture Center within 7 days of your tour. View the CAC's hours.
  • This tour is available for private bookings. Contact for more information.

Upcoming Devil in the White City Tours

Scheduled departures for this tour will return next season. To be notified when tickets for our next tour season go on sale, email