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Alleys of Chicago – South Loop Photo Tour

Chicago, IL, USA (4)
from/per tour $48.00
  • Photography Tour
  • Access for disabled
  • Children allowed
  • Groups allowed
  • Tour guide



The ALLEYS OF CHICAGO Photo Tours are back in 2020 by popular demand!

NOTE: Be sure to check the scheduled days below BEFORE booking. You will need to choose the correct day when selecting date.

The Chicago Loop is the centralized district of the city with fascinating historic identities. It’s presently home to tourist spots, the theater district, government, financial district and the famed Loop ‘L’ train. South Loop has once again become a vibrant and eclectic side of the Loop, no longer patronized solely by students of the City Colleges of Chicago. Today, it’s booming with new skyscrapers, stores and restaurants, historic hotels, nighttime entertainment and much more.

Not every city has alleys and many that do would not or should not be walked through. Chicago’s alleys are an entirely different world and a part of the city many take for granted.

We will explore the gems of the South Loop’s alleys capturing international and local street art murals and urban train scenes. It’s all about color and motion. If you have specific lenses, your favorite wide and telephoto lenses will receive a workout.

NOTICE: There are a few spots along the route that will be loud with the train. If you’re sensitive to loud noises, please bring earplugs or whatever you need to be comfortable during those brief stops.


DURATION: 2.5 hours

LOCATION: Downtown Chicago, South Loop (Exact start location will be emailed within 24 hours of your booking)


Adult (age 18 +): $48 per person
Youth (age 12-17): $35 per person

Maximum Number Per Tour***: 10

*** If you wish to book more than 10 people for this group tour, please contact Teresa.


  1. Minimum age is 12 years old. Minors (under 18): Parent or Guardian must sign Waiver & Consent Form on child’s behalf
  2. There is a minimum of two people to be booked for each tour date/time to operate tour. If the minimum is not met 24 hours prior to tour start time, you will be notified by email that the tour will be cancelled. You will be offered the choice of a spot on a future listed date or a refund.
  3. All fees are included in the price.
  4. This is a public group photo tour with a preset route, dates and times.
  5. The tour runs at different pre-determined times throughout the year based on the time of light that’s better for this route. For any dates other than listed below, booking a One Focus Tour or the Half-Day Tour will provide an opportunity to explore one or both Alley Tour options as a private, custom tour for 1-2 people.
  6. For the benefit of all attendees, this is NOT an instructional photography workshop. If you desire assistance with basic photography and camera settings, please speak with me about booking a private, custom tour.

The “Build Your Tour” page link in your confirmation email is not needed for Alley Tours.





Please be safe, be smart and support your travel and tourism industry providers. I look forward to seeing you at a future date!


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avatar - Aug, 27, 2019 -

Randy C

Always Awesome! - This was my second tour with Teresa and like the first tour, it was an excellent experience. We spent 2 1/2 hours photographing the alleys, fire escapes and street art of Chicago’s south loop. Teresa presented numerous photo opportunities and waited patiently for just the right urban scene to unfold. Her knowledge of the area, both in terms of photo opportunities and the history of the street art we saw was impressive. We learned a lot about the artists and the south loop during our tour. I highly recommend Teresa and Tour through the Lens - you’ll get great photo opportunities and learn about Chicago. It’s win win!

avatar - Sep, 04, 2019 -


My wife gave me a gift certificate for a photo tour with Teresa and it was wonderful. I'm a trained photographer and usually have my camera out when I'm commuting to work in the Loop every day. That said, Teresa took the time to show me some areas I don't normally see and, in my haste to get to and from work, don't really *see*. Beautiful architecture, old architecture, hidden art, all of which combine to part of the story of Chicago. I shot only film and it was a lot of fun to slow down, see the area we were in, and think about how I wanted to document it all the while with Teresa telling me about wherever we were. I highly recommend taking a tour. She was very knowledgeable of the area, engaging, funny, and friendly.

avatar - Feb, 21, 2019 -


I've lived in the Chicago area most of my life and I'm a serious amateur photographer. I've spent a lot of time photographing the loop, but I don't really feel like I did it justice until I took Teresa's tour. She's super-knowledgeable about the places we visited and can tell great stories about the art and architecture. She's also a very accomplished photographer, and taught me a few new tricks! Her tours are always fun - you'll really enjoy the trip. Teresa also focuses very much on personal safety on her tours. The destinations we hit were safe and open places, and she shared her "street smarts" on how to protect yourself in a new city. Awesome tour, 10/10 would totally do it again!

avatar - Aug, 20, 2018 -

Marjolein / The Netherlands

A great experience! I can fully recommend this tour. I participated in the North loop tour last November, and now in August I did the South loop tour. The guide is very knowledgeable. She tells you historic facts and points out the best spots for taking photos. We did lots of L- train photos, visited interesting hotel lobbies, and saw many murals. I thoroughly enjoyed my time. Do this tour (and the north loop too), you won't regret it!

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