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I took the highlights bus tour that went through downtown and through the neighborhoods of Chicago. It was 3.5 hours and $40. I can't wait to do it again. As a person who has been to Chicago a few times and didn't want to do anything too much like a tourist...I tried this out and was so happy I did. We were able to go into buildings downtown and then we were able to take a tour of the Robie house not to mention getting to see about 30 miles of Chicago. If you can this is a MUST SEE!
I had the opportunity to go on a few tours while in Chicago that were in the higher price range and threatened to tote us around on a bus while peering from dingy windows in 115-degree weather. I passed, but didn't give up the search for a decent tour and while I was in one of the Chicago Architecture Foundation Store I found these little cards with their lists of tours including the sites that would be visited, cost and hours. It was perfectly concise and professional compared to the other tours I had to choose from. I would recommend the Downtown Deco or Architecture of Culture and Commerce tour if you really want to be impressed. I definitely was. There were others, but I didn't have the time to go and see them because of previously made plans, but if I did I would have absolutely gone on the others as well. The also have the Historic Skyscrapers (1885-1935), the Modern Skyscrapers (1950's-present), Millennium Park and Happy Chicago tour. They are all moderately priced as well at around $12 each. PROS: thorough, professional, official CONS: