Coming in JULY 2019, a fun and unique combination of Chicago sites in one tour — Chicago by boat and on foot!

You cannot simply put something new into a place. You have to absorb what you see around you....
— Tadao Ando

About This Tour Route...

This brand new tour route, along with The Original Surf & Turf Tour: CHINATOWN/LOOP, has been a long-time wish of company founder and award-winning tour guide, Hillary. She has created a unique, fun way to experience Chicago in the best ways possible: by boat on the Chicago River and on foot through one of Chicago’s many history-packed neighborhoods. Inside Chicago Walking Tours calls these new tours “Surf & Turf” tours because you don’t have to worry about choosing a boat tour OR a walking tour: we’re finally giving you both in ONE tour!

So how will this new 2.5-hour tour look? Well…

First, you’ll take part in the most popular tourist activity in Chicago by jumping on a boat with your guide, and you’ll enjoy breathtaking views along the Chicago River for a half hour, starting at the point where it all began — the homestead of Chicago's founding father, Jean-Baptiste Pointe du Sable. Whereas on the Chinatown Surf & Turf Tour, we’ll head south on the river, on this tour, we’ll head north, to explore one of Chicago’s oldest and most storied neighborhoods, River North.

At the end of the boat portion of this tour, you’ll go beyond what most tourists experience with a typical boat tour: you’ll LEAVE the boat with your guide to continue the rest of your tour on foot in one of Chicago’s most interesting areas, River North. Layered with a fascinating history of early settlers, saints, immigrants, and workers, this area — home to the Magnificent Mile — is nowadays a very posh area, filled with great restaurants, hotels, nightlife, shops, and high-rise condo buildings. Inside Chicago Walking Tours will lead you on an exploration of both the well-known and lesser-known parts of this exciting neighborhood, teaching you not only about Chicago architecture and history along the way, but also about the origins of some of Chicago’s best known foods and restaurants like deep-dish pizza and Italian Beef. As with all of our tours, you’ll also get to experience a stunning architectural interior space — in this tour, this space is a classic Art Deco interior of a world-famous building!

Come on our newest, most exciting, and most unique tour yet! Let Inside Chicago Walking Tours put their expertise and know-how about the best ways to experience Chicago to use for you, and join us in exploring the best parts of Chicago by boat and on foot! No need to purchase extra tickets for the boat — they’re provided in your ticket price!

On this UNIQUE New tour, you will:

  • Get the best views of Chicago’s world-famous architecture by cruising down the Chicago River;

  • Learn about some of Chicago’s unsung heroes, who made this once-poor neighborhood their home;

  • Experience a true Art Deco interior of the 1930s, brought back to life by recent restorations;

  • Discover the fun (and sometimes controversial) history of special “Chicago foods”;

  • Much, much more!


  • Please refer to Tour Schedule for availability & booking. This tour will begin in July 2019!

  • Tours last 2.5 hours

  • Tours cover ~1.5 miles on foot, and nearly 3 miles by boat!

  • Ticket prices:

    • $40 general admission (ages 11 and up)

    • $35 children (ages 4-10) and seniors (65+)

    • Free for children 3 and under.

  • Runs rain or shine, unless otherwise noted.

  • Starting point given with ticket purchase. Check your ticket!

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