Kid-Friendly Tours in Chicago to Learn Something New

Play tourist in your own city with these fun tours for families.

You may think you’ve seen (and eaten) everything Chicago has to offer, but there are still so many places for your family to discover.

Play tourist in your own city by taking in a variety of tours the city has to offer. From taking in new history, seeing new sights and even grabbing something yummy to eat, a tour can be a great way for your family to learn new things about Chicago

Ready to go on an adventure? These kid-friendly tours will make you fall even more in love with the Windy City. Since you’re feeling like a tourist, check out more fun things to do with our Downtown Chicago family guide.

Chicago Fireboat Tours

  • Cost: $40/adults 13-64, $36/seniors 65+, $22/children 4-12, free/children 3 and under
  • Duration: 1.5-2 hours

The Chicago River offers plenty of boat tours, but what about one on a historic boat? The Fred A. Busse was once a fireboat in the 1930s used to fight fires and provide emergency assistance to Chicagoans. On the Historical & Architectural Cruise, you can learn more about the boat’s history and Chicago’s architectural history, too.

Bobby’s Tike Hike: Family Friendly Food & Bike Tour

  • Cost: Starts at $69.99/adults 12+, $59.99/kids under 12, $9/99/kids under 4
  • Duration: 4 hours

Get some exercise and explore both well-known locations and hidden gems with your crew as you eat your way through Chicago. This four-hour, 9-mile tour is best suited for older kids with the endurance (and appetite) to make it through the day.  Try deep-dish pizza, Chicago-style dogs  nd other tasty treats as you take in the sights of the city’s parks, museum campus, lakefront and more. 

Historic Pullman Foundation Walking Tours

  • Cost: $20, $15/seniors and students
  • Duration: 90 minutes

This South Side neighborhood is filled with rich Chicago history. From May through October, the Historic Pullman Foundation offers guided tours on the first Sunday of the month to learn more about the history of Pullman.

Original Chicago Pizza Tour

  • Cost: $75/adults, $45/kids 6-12, free/kids ages 5 and under
  • Duration: 3.5 hours

Whether you like your pizza tavern-style (the real Chicago pizza) or deep dish, the Original Chicago Pizza Tour doesn’t discriminate. With 4 stops at Chicago’s most iconic pizzerias, guests will explore neighborhood favorites by bus and indulge in 6 slices. 

The Chinatown Adventure Food Tour

  • Cost: $80/adults, $50/kids ages 7-12, free/kids ages 6 and under
  • Duration: 3 hours

Enjoy seated dining at five restaurants and bakeries while navigating Chicago’s historic Chinatown neighborhood. Go behind-the-scenes in the heart of one of Chicago’s most iconic food communities, and feast on dim sum, hot pot and more. The tour also include an explanation of etiquette and pageantry demonstrations of ancient Chinese culture and customs. 

Underground Donut Tour

  • Cost: $50/adults, $40/ kids ages 10 and under
  • Duration: 2 hours

Who doesn’t love doughnuts?! Make sure to bring your appetite for this dough-licious walk around downtown Chicago. The tour takes the group for samples at four coffee/doughnut shops. Make sure to have the whole family wear comfortable shoes since the tours is a couple of miles long. 

Wrigley Field Tours

  • Cost: $30, free for kids under 2
  • Duration: 75-90 minutes

Cubs fans will have a ball checking out one of America’s oldest and most famous fields. The tours include an up-close look at the Cubs’ dugout, field, upper deck, bleachers and outfield ivy. Don’t forget to snap a photo in front of Wrigley’s famous ivy wall.

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