Chicago Tours

Operated by Chicago Running Tours

We’ll do whatever we can fit into a half or full day. Activities to consider include tour of the Art Institute of Chicago, guided visit of the Museum of Science and Industry, tour of Graceland cemetery, walk and talk or running tour of Chicago’s loop, parks, river walk, pedway and other routes.

Museum and Other Non-Running Tours

Private Tours with Marlin of Chicago Running Tours

Private Tour Description

One price for up to 4 people: We’ll do whatever we can fit into a half or full day.

Activities to consider include:

• Tour of the Art Institute of Chicago
• Guided visit of the Museum of Science and Industry
• Tour of Graceland cemetery
• Walk and talk tour of Chicago’s loop, parks, river walk, pedway
• Do a running tour and museum visit after.

Route Information and Meeting Point

Starting Location
• Pick-up at Chicago hotel or pre-determined Location

Transportation
• We’ll use public transportation for destinations outside of city center.

Schedule and Duration

Schedule
• Custom

Duration
• Half Days: Up to 5 Hours
• Full Days: Up to 10 Hours

Pricing and Reservations

Private Tours with Marlin

Half Day – Up to 5 Hours
• $250 per Group
Up to 4 People

Full Day – Up to 10 Hours
• $450 per Group
Up to 4 People

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Museum Tours

Chicago Running Tours

Chicago has some of the best museums in the world. Two most notable are the Art Institute of Chicago and The Museum of Science and Industry. These places are huge! Get the most of your visit with a guide who knows his way around. Nice additions to consider after a running tour..

Museum Photo Gallery

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Art Institute of Chicago

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Join me for a highlights tour of the Art Institute of Chicago. I’ll take you to the most famous works created by Picasso, Matisse, Chagall, Monet, Renoir, Van Gough, Greco, Wood, Hopper, O’Keefe & many others. The best way to enjoy AIC is with a story telling guide.

Art Institute of Chicago Photo Gallery

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The Museum of Science and Industry

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A top 10 attraction in Chicago. The place is HUGE. It’s virtually impossible to see everything in a single visit. However, with a guide who can easily navigate through this massive facility, you can see the best of everything. If you go, plan on being there at least a half day. You will not be disappointed.

Museum of Science and Industry Photo Gallery

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Graceland Cemetery

Chicago Running Tours

Chicago’s history conveniently bundled in one location. These residents won’t be able to tell you their stories. But I can. I’ll take you to the final resting places of Chicago’s founding settlers, most notable architects, and iconic sports stars.

Tour takes 2 hours & covers 40 sites.

Graceland Cemetery Photo Gallery

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Chicago Tombstone Tours

Other Chicago Tours (Private Vehicle Tours)

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Chicago Tombstone Tour – Famous

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Chicago Tour Description

A private tour of the final resting place to many prominent Chicago figures.

Visit Chicago’s cemetery of architects and examine the variety and uniqueness of their monuments. Explore sites and hear stories of merchant kings, hotelier’s, politicians, athletes, private eyes, and many more.

We’ll explore two of Chicago’s most acclaimed cemetery’s; Graceland and Rosehill. These burial grounds are so prominent that numerous group and private tours are given each year.

After our taphophilia-ing we’ll take a drive through the city and connect the relevant stories with sites.

Pricing and Reservations

Chicago Tombstone Tour – Famous

Cost
• $420.00 per Group
Maximum travelers: 5

Schedule and Duration

Schedule
• Custom

Duration
• 5 to 7 hours

Starting Location

Starting Location
• Pick-up at Chicago hotel or pre-determined Location
After site visits I will drop you off at pre-designated location.

Tour Itinerary

Famous Tombstone Tour
Trip Itinerary

• From pickup point we will proceed to Graceland cemetery.

• There will be upwards of 40 some sites to visit. It will take from 2 to 2 1/2 hours to cover Graceland.
From Graceland we will drive 3 miles to Rosehill cemetery.

• Rosehill is generally an hour visit and will include upwards of 15 sites including several notables in a mausoleum.
After cemetery visits we will drive through and about Chicago and connect the names to their deeds.

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Chicago Tombstone Tour – Famous Photo Gallery

Other Chicago Tours (Private Vehicle Tours)

Chicago Tombstone Tour – Infamous

Other Chicago Tours (Private Vehicle Tours)

Chicago Tour Description

Gangsters, conflicts, & controversies. Visit local Chicago sites of where events happened and relevant burial grounds.

  • What is “May Day” all about?
  • How is this international holiday connected to Chicago?
  • We’ll visit the site of the event that made world headlines in May of 1886.
  • We’ll pay homage to those who lost their lives fighting for workers rights.
  • What happened during prohibition in Chicago?
  • We’ll drive by sites of shootouts and hear stories of what happened at the gangster burial sites.

Chicago’s nickname is “the windy city”

It has nothing to do with wind. It is a vernacular that signifies boastful and bragging politicians. We’ll visit the burial site of Chicago’s most boastful and corrupt mayor. Al Capone made generous donations to see that he won his elections.

This tour includes grave site visits at 3 notable Chicago area cemeteries. Yes, Al Capone’s grave will be one of the sites.

Pricing and Reservations

Chicago Tombstone Tour – Infamous

Cost
• $520.00 per Group
Maximum travelers: 5

Schedule and Duration

Schedule
• Custom

Duration
• 6 to 8 hours

Starting Location

Starting Location
• Pick-up at Chicago hotel or pre-determined Location
After site visits I will drop you off at pre-designated location.

Tour Itinerary

Infamous Tombstone Tour
Trip Itinerary

• We proceed from designated pickup location to two different sites, in the city, of infamous events.
We will then drive 9 miles south to Oak Woods cemetery to visit 10 sites. Oak Woods generally takes about 45 minutes.

• From Oak Woods we will drive to 25 miles to Mount Carmel cemetery. (note: traffic is a major variable in this drive. It may take 40 minutes to 90 minutes). Mount Carmel cemetery will includes 6 gangster sites and stories. Mount Carmel visit is generally around 45 minutes.

• From Mount Carmel we will drive 5 miles to Waldheim cemetery to pay homage to those who fought for workers rights. Waldheim visit is generally 20 minutes.

• Waldheim cemetery to the city is 10 miles. Once back in the city we will drive by 3 other site of “infamous events” including the site of the St. Valentines Day massacre.

After site visits I will drop you off at pre-designated location.

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Chicago Tombstone Tour – Infamous Photo Gallery

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Frank Lloyd Wright Trips

Other Chicago Tours (Private Vehicle Tours)

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Frank Lloyd Wright Trail Day Trip

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Chicago Tour Description

A Private Tour out of Chicago

Visit some of FLW’s finest designs on a trip to Racine and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This day trip explores some of FLW’s most notable buildings in eastern Wisconsin. Come experience; “the enhancement of nature by human consciousness”. You will see, feel, and better understand FLW’s meaning of “Organic Architecture”.

FLW quote: “Nature is the best model for a builder of houses. Homes must grow comfortably from their site and blend with whatever natural forms are there–and if there are none, emulate them in a manner that is organic. “

Witness first hand how Mr. Wright authenticated “organic architecture” in the SC Johnson office building and research tower, his final Prairie style home “Wingspread”, American System-Built Homes, and the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church.

FLW quote: “I know my clients better than themselves. They tell me what they want, but I know what they really want. “

We’ll dive into a few of the stunning stories related to Mr. Wright’s narcissism, scandalous, and tragic life while simultaneously admiring his innovative work.

Pricing and Reservations

Frank Lloyd Wright Trail Day Trip
Itinerary One

Cost
• $500.00 per Group
Maximum travelers: 5

Schedule and Duration

Schedule
• Custom

Duration
• Full day ranging from 8 to 12 hours

Starting Location

Starting Location
• Pick-up at Chicago hotel or pre-determined Location
After trip, I will drop you off at pre-designated location.

Tour Itinerary

Frank Lloyd Wright Trail Day Trip
Tour Itinerary

1) Depart Chicago area for estimated 90 minute drive to Racine Wisconsin.

• Visit SC Johnson campus. Take tour if available. (tours are 90 minutes plus options of 18 minute movie)
• Visit Wingspread. Take tour if available. (tours are 60 minutes)

2) Drive estimated 45 minutes to FLW designed American System-Built Homes south Milwaukee. Photo op drive by only. No on site tour.

3) Drive 10 miles, estimated 25 minutes to FLW designed Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. No tour. Out side photo op only unless there is a service. We are allowed inside during services. We can leave at our discretion.

4) Optional stop: Drive 12 miles, estimated 30 minutes to the Milwaukee Art Museum. (you can see most everything in a two hour visit. )

5) Return to Chicago. Estimated 2 hour drive depending on traffic.

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Frank Lloyd Wright Trail Day Trip Photo Gallery

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Frank Lloyd Wright Trail “Taliesin and More”
Day Trip

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Chicago Tour Description

A Private Tour out of Chicago

Visit FLW’s home “Taliesin” and other notable structures FLW designed in central Wisconsin

Frank Lloyd Wright’s second home and studio, Taliesin, was once referred to as; “the Love Nest”.
Expect to learn more about the scandalous affair that influenced its name. You will also hear stories of devastating tragedy Mr. Wright overcame while living at Taliesin.

Visit, see, and explore five different locations of notable Wright buildings. You will experience a wide range of uniquely inventive designs. They include a church, a warehouse, an events center, a school, and his home for 48 years.

You will also visit the FLW family cemetery. See where Mr. Wright was buried and learn why he is no longer there.

A hopeful student, Alex Jordan, was rejected by Mr. Wright as one of his apprentices. Six miles from Taliesin, Mr. Jordan built his own fabulous structure called “House on the Rock”. No visit to Spring Green would be complete without a 3 hour stop at this incredible, almost unbelievable, home. House on the Rock stuns and delights all who enter including your guide who never tires of returning.

Pricing and Reservations

Frank Lloyd Wright “Taliesin and More”
Itinerary Two

Cost
• $640.00 per Group
Maximum travelers: 5

Schedule and Duration

Schedule
• Custom

Duration
• Full day ranging from 12-16 hours
• The Frank Lloyd Wright Trail, central Wisconsin experience, generally takes 12 hours departing out of Chicago. 8 hours is commuting time.
• House on the Rock is optional. However, since it is so close to Taliesin (6miles) and is such an incredible attraction, I highly recommend adding it. Including House on the Rock will extend the day about 4 hours.

Starting Location

Starting Location
• Pick-up at Chicago hotel or pre-determined Location
After trip, I will drop you off at pre-designated location.

Tour Itinerary

Frank Lloyd Wright Trail “Taliesin and More”
Tour Itinerary

We will have close to 8 hours and 450 miles of driving. This includes 3 hours from Chicago to destination. Two hours between several sites. And 3 hours to return. Given the amount of travel time an early start is essential.
Sequence of itinerary will vary depending on choice and time of Taliesin tour and if visit to House on the Rock is included. The following is a sample itinerary:

• Depart Chicago at 6am
• Arrive at “House on the Rock” at 9:30am
• Leave “House on the Rock” at 12:30pm
• Drive 2 miles and stop for photo op at the FLW designed Wyoming Valley School.
• Drive 4 miles to FLW visitor Center for 2 hour house tour that begins at 1:30pm
• Short visit to nearby Unity Cemetery
• Drive 25 miles to Richland Center for photo op of FLW designed AD German warehouse.
• Drive 60 miles to Madison for photo ops of FLW designed Unitarian Meeting House and Monona Terrace.
• Estimated departure from Madison is 7pm with 9:30-10pm arrival in Chicago.

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Frank Lloyd Wright Trail “Taliesin and More” Photo Gallery

Other Chicago Tours (Private Vehicle Tours)


About Us

Chicago Running Tours

We are professionals and we deliver a professional experience!

Our routes are themed and designed to educate. You will discover fascinating facts, hear interesting stories and view incredible landmarks.

Leave your camera behind. Your guide will take numerous photos of you along the way. Your photos are loaded onto Flickr where you get unrestricted access to download, print & share at no extra cost.

Because we want you to remember as much as possible, we’ll follow up with a list of information your guide covered on the route.