Check the homepage or the sidebar for up-to-date schedules on public tours. Want a tour that isn’t currently on the calendar? If you have at least 3 people, we can often add one at a custom date and time (schedule permitting)! Walking tour tickets are just 20/person. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with dates and requests to make arrangements!
AVAILABLE WALKING TOURS:
Adam Selzer is the author of the book GHOSTS OF CHICAGO and has run over 1000 ghost tours since 2005! This walking tour is the very best, most historically reliable and exceptionally entertaining ghost tour in town. The route varies, but usually includes stories of vanishing hitchhikers, HH Holmes, the old city jail and gallows, disasters, and more. Bring a camera – weird things have been known to happen! More Info
Also available in Lincoln Park for larger groups and school groups.
A tour of the Windy City’s historical architecture, tracing the history of our great skyscrapers from pre-Fire style to modernism, weaving in stories of historical crime, unsolved mysteries, and strange history. Adam has run hundreds of architectural river tours for various companies around town. More info
HH Holmes may be best known for his “castle,” which sat on the vacant space next to the Englewood post office, several miles south of downtown. But he can be traced to LOTS of places around the loop, too! This deep dive into Holmes career traces his footprints around downtown. Adam is the author of HH HOLMES: THE TRUE HISTORY OF WHITE CITY DEVIL and appeared on four episodes of AMERICAN RIPPER on the History Channel; he is among the world’s leading Holmes experts. More info
Lincoln Park was the City Cemetery once upon a time, and not only are a few relics still there, the stories are there, too! Drawing from vintage news reports and reminsces of people who were there, this tour not only shows off those relics, but featured several tales of grave robbing that took place on the grounds over the years – with all the info you need to launch YOUR career as a 19th century body snatcher, today! More info
History is literally carved in stone in these historical cemeteries! A stroll of famous (and lesser known, but equally fascinating) grave sites. More info
Now and then in research, Adam notices a LOT of stories popping up in the same area – and one of these is the stretch of “Little Italy” on Taylor between Halsted and Ashland. The one mile stroll features tales of gangsters, arsonists, ghosts, devil babies, hangings, murders, and more! More info
BUS AND CAR TOURS
Tours covering too much ground for a walking tour are available via car (up to four people, flat rate of $200) or via bus (price negotiable). Great for school groups, library outings, and more!
GHOSTS OF CHICAGO
The “vehicle”-based version of the tour features a few locations that are simply too far away to hit on a walking tour!
HH HOLMES: MYTH AND MYSTERY
The “vehicle” Holmes tour includes the World’s Fair Ground and the site of the infamous “murder castle,” plus highlights of Victorian Chicago.