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Welcome to Magnifico Tours! Our “Start Here” page is designed to help you plan an unforgettable Chicago adventure.

From tour selection to a travel checklist and from a neighborhood guide to visa information – everything is at your fingertips. Begin your planning now!

Our Chicago Walking Tours

The Chicago Murder Mystery Tour

Embark on a thrilling journey through Chicago’s Gold Coast. Play and interrogate as suspects, solving a gripping murder mystery. Delve into legends from Al Capone to the Playboy Mansion. A must-experience for every true-crime aficionado.

Schedule: Daily

Start Time: 2 PM, 4:30 PM, 7 PM

Language: English

Duration: 2 Hours

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The Private Chicago Magnifico Tour

Embark on a 2-hour journey through Chicago’s vibrant history with our expert guides. Dive into tales of Al Capone, architectural wonders, and our city’s rich Latin culture. Spoiler Alert: You’ll also get to know where NOT get Deep Dish Pizza!

Schedule: Daily

Start Time: 1 PM

Language: Spanish

Duration: Customizable

FAQs

Packing for Chicago

When To Visit?

For pleasant weather, visit May-June. Catch events like Jazz Fest mid-year & Lollapalooza in July-August.
Prefer calm streets? Opt for September-October, avoiding peak tourist rush in high summer.

Ideal Wear

Summer: Breathable attire & sun hats.
Fall: Cozy layers, boots & scarves.
Winter: Thick coats & gloves.
Spring: Raincoats, light layers & umbrellas.

Travel Aids

GoCity & CityPASS: Unlock top attractions & save with bundled passes.
Ventra: One card to tap & travel on buses & trains.DivvyBike, Transit App & SpotHero: Rent bikes, get real-time transit updates, and pre-book parking spots.

Important For Tourists And International Travelers

Types of Visa

For leisure, the B-2 visa lets you enjoy Chicago for up to 6 months. The B-1 is for business trips, requiring event details. Citizens from 39 countries can use ESTA for 90-day visits. With J-1, work or study after securing proper sponsorship.

Visa Requirements

Keep a passport valid for six months beyond your Chicago stay. Visa Waiver citizens need an approved ESTA for travel. Have return or onward travel evidence, and show you can fund your stay with bank statements, pay slips, or sponsorship letters.

The Immigration Process

Upon landing, follow the signs to your immigration checkpoint. With your passport and visa in hand, answer questions confidently. Remember to declare any necessary items. At baggage claim, grab your luggage. And then head out and look for transport!

Chicago Neighborhood Guide

Chicago, often dubbed the “City of Neighborhoods”, boasts diverse pockets of culture. The glitzy Gold Coast offers historical mansions juxtaposed with modern luxuries. Nearby, Streeterville shines with its iconic Navy Pier and skyline views. Lincoln Park beckons with lush greenery, the renowned Lincoln Park Zoo, and artsy vibes.

Venture to Logan Square to experience a blend of hipster cafes, murals, and nightlife. Andersonville, once a Swedish enclave, is now renowned for its historic architecture and eclectic boutiques. Don’t miss other gems like Wicker Park, known for its bohemian spirit, and Little Italy, rich in culinary delights and history.

Visit our neighborhood guide page for more information.

Connectivity & Commuting In Chicago

Tech & Connectivity

Grab tourist SIMs at the airport or local stores for short-term data. Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile offer top coverage. Find free Wi-Fi in parks, libraries, and cafes but prioritize security. For power, Starbucks and public kiosks are handy charging spots.

Public Transit

Chicago’s transit is diverse and robust. The iconic ‘L’ train weaves through the city, complemented by a vast bus network. Taxis, including Uber & Lyft, are plentiful. You can also explore Chicago via Divvy bike-sharing or sail the waterways with water taxis.

Highlights

  • The St. Valentine's Day Massacre Site
  • The famous alleyway from a legendary crime
  • The haunted Chicago theatre

And a whole lot more!