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There are lots of Chicago landmarks to see when family and friends come to town – everything from the Bean to the museums to Navy Pier.

But for a different view of the city that even long-time locals are sure to enjoy, there are lots of guided tours that show visitors and residents a new glimpse of the Windy City.

Tour offerings in the city are countless, but here are just a few.

Chicago Helicopter Tours

See the city from new heights. The helicopter tour gives everyone in your group a birds-eye view of the Windy City. The flight takes off over Lake Michigan, heads north above Wrigley Field, then journeys south to give a unique glimpse of the skyline from above.

Chicago Pizza Tours

In a city known for its food, why not spend a day stuffing yourself with samples of some of the city’s best pies? The tour includes stops all around town, from Lincoln Park to the West Loop, even Ravenswood and Hyde Park. 

Lyric Opera Backstage Tour

Even if you’re not a fan of opera, this behind the scenes glimpse of the building is aimed to appeal to everyone. Get a backstage view of the beautiful building, journeying eight floors of set pieces and settings. There’s also a stop in the wardrobe room.

Untouchables Tour

Dubbed the city’s original gangster tour, the trip explores the city’s rich crime-king history from the 1920s and 30s. You’ll see gangster hot spots – and hit spots – as you race through the city to see haunts, brothels, gambling dens and shootout sites made famous by Capone, Moran, Dillinger and more.

Shedd Aquarium Behind the Scenes Tour

See the aquarium from the perspective of the Shedd’s animal care staff! The 50-minute journey takes you into the animal healthcare center, teaching you how preventive care and water-quality practices keep the fishies healthy. You also get a behind-the-scenes look at the aquarium, and you make a stop to see where meals are prepared for 32,000 animals.

Wrigley Field Tours

Forget the bleacher section – this tour aims to offer the best view in the house. The tour takes you through home turf of the MLB team and shows you what happens behind the scenes of the Friendly Confines. Both game-day and non-game-day tours are available. Both get you on the field, but non-game day tours are more expansive, showing you the dugout, the press box and the bleachers.

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