Big Shoulders Historic Bar and Food Bus Tour

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Event Category

Food & Drink

Event Overview

On Sunday, September 15, locals who love to explore Chicago neighborhoods get a one-time chance to join tour company Chicago Detours on a South Side adventure. The Big Shoulders Historic Bar and Food Bus Tour will bring guests to eat and drink their way through the history of Bridgeport, Chicago’s oldest neighborhood.

Over the 2.5-hour-long bus tour, guests will stop at three neighborhood bars, including a “secret bar,” and enjoy a full meal of foods that tell the story of the people who have called the Bridgeport neighborhood home. The fun, expert tour guide will share the secret stories behind famous and lesser-known South Side sites like the Union Stock Yards Gate, the former “Bucket of Blood,” historic factories and a quarry-turned-park. 

When: Sun. Sept 15, 12:30pm-3:00pm

Tour start/end location: Just inside the Palmer House Hotel, Wabash entrance - 124 S Wabash

Ticket Price: $58/person, plus optional drink package


Driving tour of Bridgeport’s historic sites, engaging tour guide commentary, homemade Chinese bao, choice of Chicago hot dog or mother-in-law sandwich, cheese kolaczki cookies, bus driver and server gratuities, special gifts. Guests who wish to drink must bring $18 cash, which covers 3 servings of beer, wine or well drink and server gratuities.

Minimum age

All ages welcome

Cancellation Policy

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Our Philosophy
We believe that the primary role of a tour guide is to educate, so we create an interactive group dynamic and share educational tools and new perspectives for you to connect with the architecture of Chicago.

We are committed to responsible travel, so our tour company uses green practices and immerse you in a truly local experience.

We know that history is best told with a creative approach, so we use different media, like historic quotes, old photographs, and documentary film clips, to stimulate your imagination and present various perspectives.

We believe that a city like Chicago is more than “highlights,” so we share forgotten stories about both famous city landmarks and lesser-known attractions.

We understand that business is about building community, so our tour company likes to connect with tour operators, conventions, destination management companies, non-profits, community groups, senior groups, universities, cultural organizations, and Chicago businesses.

We treat all our tour guests like a new friend, because we believe in the importance of hospitality, and we love when tour guests have chosen to tour Chicago with a small business.

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