anyone can join a virtual journey with us!

Public Events

For virtual travel and fun

You are welcome to individually book these virtual tours that we occasionally offer to the public. We always offer virtual tours for corporate and university groups

These virtual tours are great to invite a friend or family member from afar to join you. 

Our virtual events have recently gotten a ton of press in radio, television, newspaper and magazine outlets including Block Club Chicago, WBEZ, WGN Radio, Fox 32 News, NBC Chicago, and more!

What’s a virtual tour with Chicago Detours? 

A live expert Chicago tour guide tells stories while sharing media like 360-degree images, historic photos and illustrations, contemporary photos and artwork, and videos and animation. Our virtual events are live on Zoom.

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Chicago neighborhoods HISTORY virtual tour

On this one-hour virtual tour, we’ll explore how and why neighborhoods change throughout history. We’ll virtually visit Chicago neighborhoods including South Loop, Bronzeville, Bridgeport, Pilsen, East Garfield Park, Chatham, and more. 

Date TBD in June


learn when you want!

Rent all the recordings of our live, “Crash Course” architectural series of virtual events for $14.99! Includes “Cruise from Your Couch Virtual Boat Tour” as a bonus!

The 12 half-hour, on-demand videos are:

  • Architecture Crash Course Overview
  • Chicago’s Earliest Buildings
  • Early Skyscrapers
  • Wright & the Prairie School
  • The Human Experience of Mies and Modernism
  • Bodaciously Brutalist & ‘Shoulder Pads’
  • The Contemporary City
  • The Great Chicago Fire and the Gilded Age
  • Urban Planning: the White City to Wacker Drive
  • The Glamorous Art Deco Age
  • Urban Crisis: Redevelopment & Historic Preservation
  • Chicago Homes
"Super fun and informative — I even had a couple of beers while I was learning about drinking history."
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