Chicago Audio Tours

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We are proud to offer our newest, affordable sightseeing option – AUDIO TOURS.  Can’t make one of our guided tours? No problem, we have recorded some of our best tour guides giving their tours and put them on a GPS enabled app.  We have partnered with Atlantis Audio Tours to provide you with a convenient way to experience our tours.  Each tour offers an off-line option to view the map and hear the audio of each walk so that you don’t need to have GPS maps running with the app.

Join our FTBF Travel Community and be entered to win free access to all the Audio Tours in all cities! With a universal access code, you can download one of over 20 audio tours in cities around the world!

Here is how it works:

  1. Download our free Chicago walking tour app on (iTunes) or (Android).
  2. Download any audio tour(s).
  3. Enjoy the tour(s).

Even if you don’t download any tours, you will still have access to valuable information on sightseeing.

Chicago Tours coming soon…

Check out our audio tours in all our cities:

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Which Chicago Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour is Best?

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This post covers Chicago hop-on-hop-off bus tours, including route maps, tickets, prices, stops, pick-up locations and reviews to help you choose the best option for you.




A popular option for bus tours is the hop-on-hop-off tour variety. There are several things to consider before purchasing a ticket. But first, let’s start with the pros.v Read more »

Things to Do for Thanksgiving in Chicago 2018

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Chicago HolidayIf you are spending your November  here in the Second City- you’ve made an excellent choice!  There are so many fun Thanksgiving and Holiday activities and events to celebrate and warm up your spirits in addition to our special winter tours:

Check out our Chicago Visitors Guide, with budget advice, travel guides, and information about local Chicago attractions

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Christmas in Chicago

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If you are spending your November and December here in the Second City- you’ve made an excellent choice!  This post lists many of the best things to do in Chicago in the holiday season from Christmas lights to ice skating, Christmas caroling Chicago style and more!

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How is the weather in Chicago in October?

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This post is about the Chicago weather in October, including what to expect with temperatures, rain, and tips on what to wear and things to do.

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The weather in Chicago during the month of October is changeable with autumn now in full swing as temperatures are falling, but not yet at those colder winter levels so it is still a good time to visit the nation’s third most populous city. Read more »

Visita Guiada Chicago en Español

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Visita Guiada Chicago en Español

Descubra la ciudad que nunca duerme con Free Tours by Foot. Free Tours by Foot es un grupo de guías turísticas que son jóvenes, energéticos y conocen las ciudad dentro y por fuera. Los llevaremos por los distritos y vecindarios mas conocidos y queridos de Chicago entreteniendo con cuentos fascinante y poco conocido que no se encuentran en ningún libro de guía turística. Queremos a esta ciudad y deseamos asegurar que ustedes se queden tan asombrado con ella como estamos nosotros.

En Español:

Reserva un Tour Chicago

Click here to book our English tours.

Utilicen el calendario que figura más abajo para escoger una fecha, seleccionar un tour y hacer una reserva. El calendario siempre muestra automáticamente la fecha de HOY, de modo que por favor asegúrese de escoger la fecha y el idioma correctos. 

Si el número de personas para el tour deseado ha alcanzado el límite y no puede ser añadido, por favor envíe un correo a para inscribirse en la lista de espera.

Hemos aprendido que un gran número de personas hacen reservas y luego no se presentan. Por ese motivo y para ser equitativos con todos, requerimos que los grupos de 6 a 9 personas paguen $10 por adelantado para poder participar en los tours públicos de 2 y 3 horas. Esto incluye a dos familias que viajan juntas.

Siempre y cuando nos avise con 48 horas de antelación para cancelar una reserva, con mucho gusto le reembolsaremos su pago. Los grupos de 6 personas o más que hagan distintas reservas para no pagar por adelantado serán cancelados.

Si su grupo es de 10 o más personas, por favor visite nuestra página de tours privados.

La mayoría de los tours pueden ser adaptados para personas físicamente incapacitadas, pero algunos no son recomendables para personas que usan sillas de rueda. Por favor contáctenos antes de reservar para asegurarse de que el trayecto esté libre de obstáculos.

Self Guided Chicago Walking Tours

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We are happy to have produced several self guided Chicago walking tours and our collection is growing.  We designed these self guided tours to be used on your own time and your own pace or as companion pieces on our guided tours.  Some tours are only available as a self-guided tour.  We hope these tours are helpful to you.

Self Guided Chicago:

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Things to Do in Chicago in September [2018]

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September in Chicago is a perfect time to visit!  The weather in Chicago is beginning to cool down a bit with an average high of 74°F (23°C) and an average low of 55°F (13°C), but it’s perfect for travel and to explore the city. 

The crowds are beginning to head home which means you’ll be joining more of the locals at the events in town. 

Below you will find the Top 10 things to Do in Chicago this September, as well as a list of night time activities, family-friendly activities, and free options explore! 

Top 8 Things to do in September:

Fall in Chicago is truly the best time of the year!  This month provides the city with various events and over 20 festivals, covering different neighborhoods, themes, cultures, and music genres.  Below we have included some of our favorite traditions, but for a more complete calendar for Chicago in September, look here.

chicago market september1. Chicago Turkish Fest September 13-15, 2018; 10:00am-6:00pm

Go to Daley Plaza at Dearborn and Washington to enjoy performances, purchase Turkish wares, and devour Turkish cuisine.   This is a great activity to do after a morning tour for your lunch stop!

2. Chicago’s Jazz Fest August 24 – September 2, 2018

Join the rest of the foot tapping crowd in Millennium Park to enjoy Chicago’s annual free Jazz Festival.  There will be many local artists and some guests as well.  Either get there early to snag an up-close seat or bring a blanket and a picnic lunch to enjoy in the lawn space. 

Fun fact:  Millennium Park offers free WIFI.

3. German American Fest September 7-9, 2018

Eat, drink, and be merry!  You can’t miss the beginning of Oktoberfest in Chicago.  Head to Lincoln Square, a quaint little German neighborhood off of the brown line Western stop to join the fun!  There will be brats, beer, and many activities.  Important moments to note: The opening ceremony is at 8pm on Friday.  The annual German parade is on Saturday at 2pm.

4. Andersonville’s Arts Week Festival September 12-16, 2018 (Hours TBD)

This is a great way to explore another unique neighborhood outside of the Loop.  Andersonville in known as a Swedish neighborhood and it is lined with Swedish bakeries and fantastic antique shops!  This fest features the arts: visual, dance, theatre, music, public, kids/family, culinary, handmade and literary.

5. Chicago berghoff restaurant pretzel - Yonzon PhotographyBerghoff’s Oktoberfest TBD

One of Chicago’s favorite German Restaurant has been hosting this German fest for 30 years!  It is a great place to clink your stein and chow down while downtown.  There will be music and an opportunity to snap a selfie with a giant sausage.  This fest is in Federal Plaza at the intersection of Adams and Dearborn. Look for the giant red sculpture!

6. Chicago Gourmet September 26-30, 2018

Are you a foodie?  Go to this event!  There will be fine wine, gourmet food, and over 150 amazing chefs.   The tickets are worth every mouth-watering penny.   Bring an appetite. There are two stages for chef demos as well as wine and cocktail seminars. You can learn, eat, drink and celebrate the foodie.

7. Stroll the Riverwalk

With the autumn weather, it is the perfect time to explore the riverwalk. This beautiful stretch will bring you below the busy streets and right along the river’s edge, lined with restaurants, art, and fountains. Learn more about the river and the riverwalk itself on our Riverwalk and History Tour.

8. Check out the Chicago Cultural Center

This beautiful and historic building is free and open for the public to explore. Beyond the art that lines the walls, you will find free traveling films, lectures, and performances here. Check out their calendar of events to see what is going on during your visit.

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Night Time Activities:

Many of our Top Ten activities are perfect for the evening hours, but below are some other suggestions to fill in your evenings during the month of September. Read our post about the Top Ten Things to Do in Chicago at Night for more ideas.

Movies in the Park

For the past 18 years, Chicago’s movies in the park have been lighting up the summer skies. Parks dotted all across the city will be show recent films, and along with some classics. Check out the full schedule here. Millennium Park is one of the most popular destinations for this, showing movies int eh Jay Pritzker Pavilion every Tuesday night! Learn more about Millennium Park and the other fun summer traditions hosted here on our Loop and Millennium Park Tour, offered everyday! 

Catch the Fireworks at Navy Pier 

During the summer season, Navy Pier shoots off firework shows every Wednesday and Saturday night!  Take in the action for Navy Pier itself, or admire the show from afar at Buckingham Fountain, or Museum Campus, where you will find some of the best views of the city. 

Sip a Cocktail at a Speakeasy 

Chicago is fascinated with the 1920’s era of prohibition, and the gangsters and speakeasies that went along with that.  Today you will find many of these hidden bars across the city, with crafty cocktails, an intimate atmosphere, and often live entertainment.  Find some of the best speakeasies with our Guide to Chicago Speakeasies, and learn more about the history of speakeasies on the Lincoln Park and Gangster Tour. 

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Family Friendly Activities:

Some of our Top Ten are great activities for children, but check out our post about Family Friendly Activities in Chicago for a more complete guide. Below you will find a couple other options to keep your children entertained this month!

Take a City Tour

With the beautiful summer weather, this is the perfect time to explore the city together as a family! All of our pay-what-you-like walking tours are family friendly, and engage guests of all ages with entertaining stories and fascinating history. Learn about the Gangsters of the 20’s on our Lincoln Park and Gangster Tour (which ends at the zoo!) or hear about the buildings that line the river and the way the river shaped our city on the Riverwalk and History Tour. See a full tour calendar here.

Explore the Farmers Market

Now that summer is here, there are farmers markets everyday of the week, all across the city! Check out the City Market in Daley Plaza on our Loop and Millennium Park Tour, with the market open on Thursdays! For a full fame’s market schedule, check here.

July in ChicagoGo to a Ball Game 

Baseball season is at its peak during the summer months! What better way to fill an afternoon or summer night than cheering on one of our two hometown teams?  With both the White Sox and the Cubs calling Chicago home, there are many options to catch a game, our tour one of their fields. 

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Free Activities:

There are many free activities to take advantage of in Chicago, during every season of the year. Many of our Top Ten are also free to explore, but below you will find a couple of other free options this month. Check out our comprehensive post about the Top Free Things to Do in Chicago.

Concerts in the Park

The Grant Music Festival provides free concerts in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, multiple nights throughout the week! This classical music will fill the night sky, as you enjoy the live entertainment, city lights, and summer air. 

Exercise Classes in the Park

During the month of July, you will also fund a full calendar of exercise classes in the Park.  Local studios donate their timber offering these free classes under the summer sun, multiple mornings a week. Check out the exercise class schedule here. 

July in ChicagoWonder Along the Riverwalk and Lakefront Trail 

Chicago is blessed with two beautiful waterways, Lake Michigan and the Chicago River.  Chicago has a done a great job of enhancing these features, with creation the Riverwalk and the Lakefront Trail. Stroll along the riverwalk, stopping for a glass of wine or some ice cream along the way, or ride a bike along the 18 miles of the Lakefront Trail. 

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Things To Do in Chicago in October

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Chicago in October October is a wonderful time to enjoy Chicago. With the peek tourist season having past with the summer months, you can enjoy the beautiful fall streets with the locals. Pleasant weather allows you to participate in the full calendar of festive events. While some of the summer traditions have ended, this month is still full of festivals, parades, and other Chicago classics.

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