The Total Immersion Tour

Chicago, IL 60602, USA (8)
from/per tour $710.00
  • Photography Tour
  • Access for disabled
  • Groups allowed
  • Requires Transit Pass
  • Tour guide


The TOTAL IMMERSION Tour is a unique 9­-hour opportunity for you to become a local photographer for a day.

You’ll choose either sunrise or sunset as the anchor I build the rest of your tour around. We’ll walk, we’ll use public transit, we’ll rush to see some locations and spend quality time creating photographs in others. You’ll hear Chicago stories, some personal anecdotes and learn about Chicago’s history and levels. We’ll stop for a meal break and, depending on time of day, a local coffee or snack break (food/drink not included in price).

Tour start / end locations are not the same location. Not to worry, we either end somewhere not far from where we began (or your stay location) or I accompany you back, depending on your plans and comfort level.

DURATION: 9 hours



What’s included in the price:

  • (1) person + (1) companion (complimentary, if applicable)
  • (1) 24-hour unlimited Ventra transit pass (2 if a companion)
  • Taxes and fees – No extra or hidden fees during your booking process (optional add-ons are at price listed)

What’s not included in price:

  • Food and/or beverage – This tour usually runs through a meal time. We will eat to maintain our strength and health. Keeping hydrated is also highly recommended
  • Ventra transit pass for 3rd and additional people (if applicable): $5
  • Camera equipment and accessories – If you need something, ask for a rental or emergency purchase recommendation

Additional People:

  1. 3-4 people, $65 USD each additional person plus $5 USD per person for the 1-day transit pass.
  2. If you are bringing more than four of your favorite photography friends, please contact me before booking to inquire.


TIP: If you’re a light chaser, check HERE for sunrise, sunset and Blue Hour times before deciding your start time. Select your travel month. The dates are along the left side of the chart. On this site, Blue Hour would be considered the “Civil Twilight” Start or End.


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avatar - May, 04, 2022 -

Jenn M

I came more than two thousand miles to tour the city and decided on the Total Immersión Tour offered by Tour Through a Lens and Teresa did not disappoint. She was in contact with me before my arrival to understand my expectations and needs regarding the sights on my bucket list I hoped to photograph and drone. She made me feel comfort and no question was too many. She’s a walking talking encyclopedia. Her knowledge of Chicago’s history, along with knowing the best historical and architectural locations, including tips for the weather conditions, which went from one extreme to the other, was extremely helpful as I never wasted a minute whether freezing, raining or sunny. I even captured the lift of the Michigan Avenue bridge. I’d recommend Teresa’s tour to anyone who’s ever wanted to photograph the beautiful city of Chicago

avatar - Oct, 25, 2019 -


2 Days custom tour - What an outstanding experience! Teresa designed two custom tours for me on two consecutive days - every single minute of them was amazing! From the excellent planning of the tours in advance, completely tailored to my interests, to the highly flexible execution of the tours... phantastic. I regret being unable to give 10 points for that. I would have never had a chance to find and see so many hidden gems between the major sights at the right time of the day in my limited time - Teresa's knowledge of the city and photographic view are exceptional. Teresa also proposed and included two important Events into my tours I had no ideas about: Chicago Open House and the Fall Bridge Lift/Boat Run. Two cherries on two unforgettable tours. Teresa: It's been an honor having been your "partner in crime". I hope you liked the "Lebkuchen" as much as I enjoyed your Chicago chocolate mints! If I have any chance in Jan/Feb to drop by for another tour - I will. And if not - there is always one more chance. Maybe I can be your guide in Singapore... :-)

avatar - Jul, 31, 2019 -


Thank you for a brilliant day Teresa! I loved every minute of it. What a wonderful introduction to this amazing city. All aspects of the custom tour I took with you were fantastic. From your communications, detailed planning including arranging the transit pass to be sent to my hotel (with a lovely box of Chicago Franco chocolates-yum!) to a well thought out itinerary. Your knowledge of the city is incredible. There is no way I would have been able to see and photograph many of the hidden genes Chicago has to offer without you to guide me. I am thrilled with the photos from our tour. Thanks again.

avatar - Aug, 25, 2019 -


Do yourself a favor - If you’re visiting Chicago for the first time, we recommend booking a session with photographer Teresa Peek (Tour Through A Lens). We agree with all the reviews that emphasize Ms. Peek’s tremendous personality and photography; she IS engaging. What you get from your session is a deeper dive into Chicago; deeper than typical tourism photography. Ms. Peek wants your photography to tell a story and she guides you to that end with techniques that capture multiple elements in your pictures. We booked a full-day session that included riding transit to our various destinations. By the end of the day we got our photos, a history lesson, tales of scandal, architectural lessons, and a great lunch at a neighborhood delicatessen. Do yourself a favor and book a session with Tour Through A Lens. Cheers, Tom

avatar - Aug, 01, 2016 -

eamonnshanahan / Killarney, Ireland

An excellent introduction to Chicago, an effective practicle guide to city photography Having looked for a guided photographic tour of Chicago and made initial contact with Teresa, the process following that was very easy and Teresa was so helpful from the start. We met early at a location that was very convenient to me and proceeded to head out to the lakeshore to get the sun rising on Chicago. What followed was an insightful introduction to Chicago (this being my first time here), a guide to really photogenic parts of Chicago and a gentle, but very effective to taking the best photographs you can. We covered a lot of ground, I got a lot of photographs and at no stage did I feel rushed. I cannot recommend Teresa highly enough.

avatar - Oct, 26, 2016 -


So Many Chicago Highlights Plus Hidden Gems Discovered! Teresa was masterful about moving us through many wonderful spaces, indoors and out. Her knowledge of Chicago's beautiful buildings and cool photo locations was superb. I gained practical composition skills as we toured. Plus, she figured some things out about my camera I didn't know and taught me about them so I could capture better images. This tour was my favorite part of our visit to Chicago. I hope to return again and take another tour with Teresa. - Kelly Houston, TX

avatar - Oct, 26, 2016 -


Above and Beyond Just got back from a GREAT trip to Chicago with a friend who also dabbles in photography. My friend and I Toured Through a Lens with Teresa and had a wonderful day. It felt like touring the city with a friend who lives there and knows the city well and also knows a lot about photography. We did the 9 hour tour which ended up being a tad longer. We learned about photography and the city with our own personal guide which is as good as it gets. I'm still sorting through my photos but I got some great ones and Teresa gave us some good tips for looking at things in different ways. I'd highly recommend this tour. -Debbie Seabrook, TX

avatar - Nov, 02, 2017 -

Therese E / Syndey, Australia

A Day In Chicago - So Much More Than Taking Photos || This “activity” was so much more than just taking photos. I spent the “whole” day with Teresa. My main reason for doing this activity was to, hopefully, take some great photographs of Chicago. I definitely achieved that, but this activity also provided a lot more - a local perspective on Chicago’s history, art, food, architecture and transport. Thank you Teresa this was a valuable experience.

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