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Want To Tour Chicago From Your Couch? Chicago Detours Launches Free Online Happy Hour Tours

The company is moving its tours online with daily 20-minute programs.

Chicago Detours guide conducts Interior Architecture Tour in the Loop. [Provided: Chicago Detours]
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CHICAGO — Now that the city’s lakefront is off-limits as coronavirus continues to spread, finding ways to cure our collective cabin fever has become a little harder. But Chicago Detours is offering folks a chance to see the city without ever leaving their couch.

The organization launched “Historic Happy Hour For Curious People,” a 20-minute talk at 6 p.m. on weekdays and a 40-minute virtual neighborhood tour at 1 p.m. on weekends for the next two weeks. The program, which began Thursday, replaces Chicago Detours’ public tours, which are hold until at least April 7.

All virtual experiences are free, but donations of $5-$15 are suggested to support the business. Registration is required via Chicago Detours’ website​, and all events will be hosted on Zoom (you can download it here).

The list of Happy Hours and virtual tours are below:


Thursday, March 26: “10 Big Ideas That Make Chicago Its Own Kind of Town”

Friday, March 27: “Da Beers: Chicago Drinking History”

Monday, March 30:“Chicago History Crash Course in 20 Minutes”

Tuesday, March 31 :”Five Badass Women of Chicago History”

Wednesday, April 1: “From Street Brawls to the World Series: Chicago Sports History”

Thursday, April 2: “Chicago Parks: From the Past to Post-Pandemic”

Friday, April 3: “LGBT History of Chicago Before Boystown”

Monday, April 6: “Chicago Architecture Crash Course in 20 Minutes”

Tuesday, April 7 – “Demystifying the Chicago Pedway”


Saturday, March 28: “Four Chicago Building Types in Different Neighborhoods”

Sunday, March 29: “Architecture of Money and Power in the Financial District Tour”

Saturday, April 4: TBD

Sunday, April 5 : TBD

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