Skip to main content

History buffs and true crime lovers, rejoice! This bus tour delves into the compelling true story told in Erik Larson’s best-selling novel, “Devil in the White City.” The story traverses two simultaneous events in Chicago’s history: the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893 and the emergence of serial murderer Dr. Henry H. Holmes.

3.5 Hours
$50 public (includes CAC admission)
$43 CAC members
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

The tour kicks off with a presentation featuring period photographs of the Fair and its central characters to set the tone. Then, we hit the road to tour locations and buildings that Fair goers would have experienced. The next stop is at the street that was home to Chicago's business and social elite during the Fair, then the bus winds past the home of Fair critic Ida B. Wells. Other tour highlights include the Midway and the site of the Ferris Wheel, with 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.

Upcoming Devil in the White City Tours