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 private virtual tours for corporate and university groups

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

As featured in Block Club Chicago, WBEZ, WGN Radio, Fox 32 News, NBC Chicago, and more!

What’s a virtual tour with Chicago Detours? 

A expert Chicago tour guide tells stories while sharing media like 360-degree images and historic photos. Held live via Zoom.  

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Cozy up this winter with a live, virtual tour! All involve incredible images, forgotten stories, and new ideas. 

Check back often for more remote tour dates.  

$18 PER HOUSEHOLD

A DAY AT THE 1893 WORLD'S FAIR

What it was like to actually be an attendee of the fair? You’ll learn how people reached Chicago, where they stayed, what they saw, heard, ate, and more.

Friday, January 14

7pm-8pm

INNOVATIONS OF THE 1893 WORLD'S FAIR

Discover the inventions, engineering feats, and gastronomical exhibits that wowed visitors to Chicago’s most esteemed event in history. 

Friday, January 28

7pm-8pm

CRUISE FROM YOUR COUCH VIRTUAL BOAT TOUR

Experience the beautiful historic and contemporary architecture along Chicago’s river in this virtual presentation that uses 360-degree Google Street View images. 

Friday, February 18

7pm-8pm

BADASS WOMEN OF HISTORY VIRTUAL EVENT

Back again for Women’s History Month! Get inspired for 2022 through the overlooked stories of diverse women, like a daredevil pilot, a trailblazing sculptor, and a fierce labor union leader. 

Friday, March 11

7pm-8pm

ARCHITECTURE VIDEO RENTAL

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’
    Postmodernism
  • 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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