Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Chicago Illinois by Tour Guide Clarence (Guide #3739)


Marjorie Rockman

United States
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Tour: #24729, Let's go for a walk!, Chicago, Illinois, United States    view tour
Date: Jun 28/18

If you're thinking of a guided tour of Chicago, consider yourself lucky if you get Clarence. He is not only extremely personable and knowledgeable about this city, he will take the time to understand what your interests are and then tailor the tour specifically for you. It was obvious that he put a lot of thought and time into our itinerary, because he hit it out of the park. We're already looking forward to our next visit!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a pleasure to meet you and Miles, and I look forward to seeing you again! Cheers!

Sandra Allen

United States
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Tour: #24485, Murder, Mayhem & the Mob, Chicago, Illinois, United States    view tour
Date: May 27/18

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you!

Betsy Levin

United States
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Tour: #24729, Let's go for a walk!, Chicago, Illinois, United States    view tour
Date: Apr 30/18

My sister and I had a wonderful walking tour of the Chicago "loop" with Clarence. We learned so much and saw so much in a short time. He also gave us a number of useful suggestions for what to see during the remainder of our very short visit to Chicago. Clarence was entertaining and interesting and we would willingly have spent another hour or so with him (if our feet and money had held out). I scheduled our tour with Clarence as a gift for my sister and she was delighted with it.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I thoroughly enjoyed my time with you ladies! Thank YOU so very much!

Tyra Cook

United States
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Tour: #24497, The White City, The Rainbow City, and 80 Acres of Hell, Chicago, Illinois, United States    view tour
Date: Sep 29/17

We thoroughly enjoyed our excursion with Clarence. His knowledge of art, architecture, culture, & history was a treat for all us. He knows Chicago like the back of his hand & gave insights that helped us plan future days in Chicago. He was very easy to work with & personalized our tour with the exact things we asked for. He is very engaging and knowledgable & left us spellbound by Chicago's history. I would wholeheartedly recommend Clarence to anyone wishing a cultural or historical tour of Chicago.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: My pleasure!

Melanie Wagner

United States
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Tour: #24484, My Kind of Town...and Yours!, Chicago, Illinois, United States    view tour
Date: Sep 20/17

Clarence was Brilliant! He gave a perfect tour! It was fun and informative! Best tour guide I have ever had on the Chicago City tour! He knew such great details about the famous people that visited or lived in Chicago. It definitely made the tour even better! I highly recommend him as a tour guide!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so very much! Good luck with your group and your gig. All the best, C

Anna-Maria Gutta

Canada
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Tour: #24484, My Kind of Town...and Yours!, Chicago, Illinois, United States    view tour
Date: Sep 3/17

We thoroughly enjoyed Clarence's enthusiasm and positive vibes! He answered all our questions and told the most interesting stories about the history of Chicago, including the organized crime which took place during the days of Al Capone. He has an exceptional vast knowledge of information. It amazes me how one could remember so many names and dates. Simply phenomenal! We have used many tour guides for various cities in the past, which have been good experiences, but Clarence made this experience our best

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Anna-Maria! It was a pleasure, and I look forward to seeing you all again.

Deana R.

United States
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Tour: #24485, Murder, Mayhem & the Mob, Chicago, Illinois, United States    view tour
Date: Jul 16/17

Ahmed Nabi

Pakistan
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Tour: #24484, My Kind of Town...and Yours!, Chicago, Illinois, United States    view tour
Date: May 7/17

it was fantastic and informative tour with clarence

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the opportunity to show your group around my hometown. All the best!

Bill Murphy

United States
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Tour: #24729, Let's go for a walk!, Chicago, Illinois, United States    view tour
Date: May 3/17

Clarence met our party of four senior citizens promptly on a cold and windy Chicago morning. He had prompted us the day before with questions about our interests so he was well prepared with information and antidotes about politics, history and sports that he thought we would find interesting. Clarence led us on a fact filled, fascinating and fun walking tour over the next few hours. We were really taken by his knowledge of sports, theatre and history all delivered with wit and insight. Thanks C.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was my pleasure, Bill. See you next time!

Susan Deahl

United States
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Tour: #24497, The White City, The Rainbow City, and 80 Acres of Hell, Chicago, Illinois, United States    view tour
Date: Oct 23/16

This was such an interesting tour to areas of Chicago that are not typically on a tourists' itinerary. Clarence was knowledgeable, courteous and kind, and he gets you out of the Miracle Mile/downtown areas to see some less-traveled historical sites that are just as intriguing as anything on a boat tour. It helps if you've read "Devil in the White City," but not in any way a requirement. He was full of information about every neighborhood we drove through. Great way to spend 2 hours in Chicago.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much! I had a great time hanging out with your family. Best wishes!

Michael Keller

United States
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Tour: #24485, Murder, Mayhem & the Mob, Chicago, Illinois, United States    view tour
Date: Sep 29/16

Great tour. Clarence was very knowledgeable. The tour was just long enough.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you! Safe travels!

Michael Keller

United States
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Tour: #24484, My Kind of Town...and Yours!, Chicago, Illinois, United States    view tour
Date: Sep 29/16

Great tour. Clarence was very knowledgeable. The tour was just long enough and he dropped us off where we wanted to be for lunch.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you! All the best!

Kelli Wellman

United States
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Tour: #24485, Murder, Mayhem & the Mob, Chicago, Illinois, United States    view tour
Date: Sep 24/16

Our tour guide Clarence was great, he was funny, animated and was lively in this deliveries. We enjoyed the tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Kelli. All the best!

Liz Mallett

United States
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Tour: #101558, Tilted Quilt, Chicago, Illinois, United States    view tour
Date: Sep 17/16

Clarence was so easy to book. He picked us up right on time, his car was clean and comfy and he was full of information about Chicago. His enthusiasm about HIS city was infectious. My husband and I have been to Chicago many times but now we feel like we have a much better understanding of the city's history as well as today's neighborhoods. Clarence is smart, funny and a delight to spend a few hours with learning about Chicago. I HIGHLY recommend Clarence G!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Liz. I was still laughing at the antics of you, Robert and I hours later. Y'all were a hoot. Best wishes!

Judith Hodgson

United Kingdom
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Tour: #24729, Let's go for a walk!, Chicago, Illinois, United States    view tour
Date: Aug 1/16

Clarence was enthusiastic, knowledgeable and really knew his stuff. He picked up on our interests and was more than happy to answer our questions - lots of them! Loved the anecdotes and the very easy going and natural manner. This wasn't a 'scripted' tour with a fixed route. He picked things up as we chatted then would decide on the spot to show us something or fill in more details. The time just flew by so easily. Super guide.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Jude! I had a blast with your family and hope to see you soon!

Heidi Graham

United States
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Tour: #24497, The White City, The Rainbow City, and 80 Acres of Hell, Chicago, Illinois, United States    view tour
Date: Jul 18/16

I've taken this tour with a different, extremely reputable company before. This was far and away superior. Clarence is informative, fun, and engaging. On the tour was myself, a self described Chicago nut, my 80 year old parents and my two teen aged children. Everyone loved the tour. You simply can't go wrong with one of Clarence's tours.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Awwwwww, thank you. The pleasure was all mine!

Ken Cunningham

United States
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Tour: #24497, The White City, The Rainbow City, 80 Acres of Hell, and God's Houses, Chicago, Illinois, United States    view tour
Date: Jun 24/16

We have been many places and have had many tour guides but Clarence is off the chart. Excellent in every way. Knowledgeable, funny and entertaining! Would recommend him highly. As a local he brings a wonderful perspective and as an intellect he brings history to life. Also, we needed a driver and Clarence solved our problem by recommending a wonderful company and the combination worked out great. If you want to get an excellent Chicago experience, Clarence is the guide to choose!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Ken! I really enjoyed my time with your family! All the best!

Aimee Tyler

United States
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Tour: #101558, Tilted Quilt, Chicago, Illinois, United States    view tour
Date: May 5/16

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you! I hope to work with you again!

Robert Copeland

United States
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Tour: #24484, My Kind of Town...and Yours!, Chicago, Illinois, United States    view tour
Date: Jul 22/15

Clarence is a wealth of information! I think he has the uncanny ability to seize what it is you want to know about specific areas and cater the experience to your interests while also giving you the general overview of the tour description. Very good job and I would highly recommend him to any and everyone!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much! All the best!

Rachel Dilley

United States
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Tour: Ghosts in the Machine, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Date: Jun 24/15

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you!

Libbie Horn

United States
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Tour: #101558, Tilted Quilt, Chicago, Illinois, United States    view tour
Date: Jun 23/15

The two of us really enjoyed this "Tilted Quilt" tour seeing a zig-zagging overview of various neighborhoods in Chicago, plus some Chicago highlights. Clarence is very knowledgeable about Chicago history and is a very personable guy. He was able to accommodate a couple requests, including dropping us off at the end for a good Chicago hotdog. We were glad we'd taken the Architecture Boat Cruise the day before as it enhanced what we were seeing on this tour. (Although Clarence knows about that, too.)

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much. It was a pleasure!

Heidi Graham

United States
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Tour: #24485, Murder, Mayhem & the Mob, Chicago, Illinois, United States    view tour
Date: Jun 7/15

Great customer service.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: ;-)

Ruby Longmire

United States
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Tour: #33873, Black History in the 2nd City, Chicago, Illinois, United States    view tour
Date: May 24/15

Clarence was an excellent guide. We would rate him a 5 out of 5. He is very knowledgeable of Chicago history and shared that knowledge with us. My family enjoyed him tremendously. If we are in the area again and need your services we would certainly want Clarence to assist us.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Ruby! I loved your group and had a wonderful time!

Brittain H.

United States
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Tour: #24485, Murder, Mayhem & the Mob, Chicago, Illinois, United States    view tour
Date: May 20/15

Excellent tour. Clarence knows the city and the history like the back of his hand, and provides and educational and entertaining experience. If you are interested in Capone and Mafia history, you will love this this tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much! Hope to see you again!

Melinda Lieshout

Australia
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Tour: #24485, The Arts, Al, and a look at my Hometown, Chicago, Illinois, United States    view tour
Date: Nov 25/13

Very comprehensive tour, Clarence was so knowledgable and delightful company. I couldn't recommend him any more highly.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Melinda. See you down under sometime!

Linda Wozniak

United States
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Tour: Ghosts in the Machine, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Date: Nov 5/13

When Clarence initially started the tour, he interviewed us to find out what we were interested in and he incorporated those interests into our tour. He was totally prepared on the subject matter. Also, he was very knowledgeable about the area so when we would drive from one location to another, he would point out things of interest unrelated to the tour. I would definitely recommend Clarence's tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Linda. Take good care!

Robyn Martin

Canada
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Tour: #24484, My Kind of Town...and Yours!, Chicago, Illinois, United States    view tour
Date: Nov 3/13

Clarence was an amazing guide for us in Chicago. We were looking for a neighbourhood tour of Chicago and so he made one up for us! We had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed spending time with him and learning so much about his amazing city. I would not hesitate to recommend him to others and call him the next time we're in town! Thanks Clarence!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Robyn. I had a blast with you guys as well. I hope you made it to Gino's East for some Deep Dish!

Karen Heiting

United States
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Tour: #24484, My Kind of Town...and Yours!, Chicago, Illinois, United States    view tour
Date: Oct 26/13

Clarence was friendly, entertaining, and knowledgeable. We thoroughly enjoyed him as well as the tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: My pleasure. I hope to see you all again!

Bruce Pearson

Canada
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Tour: #24484, My Kind of Town...and Yours!, Chicago, Illinois, United States    view tour
Date: Oct 11/13

Clarence was the very best. We travel with our two children 8. And 13. .. Clarence made the day.. Made the tour personal,informative covering the age spread extremely well.. Very very highly rated.. If we could give a 10 out of 5 he would get the ten.. Excellent.. Many many thanks..

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Bruce! I was just about to write you to express my appreciation for your family and the tour opportunity. Best wishes and many happy returns!

Bryan Smith

Australia
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Tour: #24484, My Kind of Town...and Yours!, Chicago, Illinois, United States    view tour
Date: Sep 25/13

What a fantastic way to get an overview of Chicago.Clarence was not only one of the nicest people you could meet but had an abundance of knowledge about everything Chicago and more.He is enthusiastic about making your time special and goes out of his way to help.The tour was excellent and we learnt/saw so much.I would highly recommend him to anyone wanting to experience Chicago through the eyes of someone who knows and cares about the city.All the best Clarence, hope to see you again one day.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much. I really enjoyed my time with you all. Hope to see you again!

Thierry Mortier

Belgium
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Tour: #24494, four stars, two stripes & one vision, Chicago, Illinois, United States    view tour
Date: May 12/13

This was a great tour. Clarence had specially designed this 'IMMIGRATION' tour for us and fulfilled all expectations. Timely arrival, focus on the 'story' and not the monument, funny at times.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Thierry. Best wishes and safe travels!

Kathy Gynane

Canada
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Tour: #24729, Let's go for a walk!, Chicago, Illinois, United States    view tour
Date: May 3/13

You name it and Clarence makes it happen! We had a fantastic day with Clarence who had taken great care and time to create a tour perfect for my family. All we did was tell him a little about ourselves and our interests and voila we were experiencing Chicago exactly as we had hoped for. I would recommend meeting him on your first day in town and then you will know exactly what to plan for the rest of your trip. Clarence is extremely knowledgeable, friendly and a great guy to spend a day with. Enjoy him!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Your family was wonderful, and it's always a pleasure to introduce nice people to my hometown.

Owen Mcateer

United States
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Tour: #24494, four stars, two stripes & one vision, Chicago, Illinois, United States    view tour
Date: Oct 26/12

Our tour was just great! Clarence was excellent. He is extremely well informed and shares information without being pedantic or stuffy. I am a native Chicagoan--Clarence and I both are from the South Side. I was not expecting much by way of new information, but I got plenty and it was a pleasure to receive it from such an articulate person. The tour was a birthday gift to my wife. She is not a Chicago native. She also got a whole lot from our time with Clarence. Top drawer!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so very much! I'm not sure if I've ever had the honor of being someone's birthday present before, but I sure enjoyed it! Take good care, and I hope to see you soon.

Julia Halperin

United States
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Tour: #24485, Murder, Mayhem & the Mob, Chicago, Illinois, United States    view tour
Date: Sep 22/12

We already took the tour with Clarence last Saturday and he was TERRIFIC.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Julia. I hope you and Mark had a ball at your ball. See you next year!

Warren White

United States
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Tour: #24485, Murder, Mayhem & the Mob, Chicago, Illinois, United States    view tour
Date: Sep 22/12

Amazing tour, and incredibly articulate and informative guide that provided us timely, contemporaneous and insightful history and relevance. A tour I may take again...only with Clarence however !!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Warren. It was a pleasure meeting you both. And thanks for the scoop about Dean Corral et al.

Kelly Frere

United States
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Tour: Ghosts in the Machine, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Date: Aug 26/12

Great tour! Not only was Clarence an entertaining, engaging guide, but he was also a good sport. A Sunday evening, in the pouring rain, in our personal car - he still managed to provide to us the highlight of our trip. If you want a guide who clearly loves what he does and knows Chicago then Clarence is your man. Thanks, Clarence!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Kelly! I had a lot of fun with you guys as well! Best wishes!

Pierre Eloy

Belgium
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Tour: #24484, My Kind of Town...and Yours!, Chicago, Illinois, United States    view tour
Date: Jul 5/12

Clarence did a great job in showing us Chicago key landmarks and attractions in 8 (very full) hours! His comments and explanations were interesting and his humor and flexibility in adapting to our preferences very appreciated. We would be happy to choose Clarence again for our next visit of Chicago!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Pierre. You and Yvonne were utterly charming. I look forward to giving your children a true crime tour. Best wishes!

Norman Marcos

Mexico
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Tour: #24485, Murder, Mayhem & the Mob, Chicago, Illinois, United States    view tour
Date: Mar 21/12

Very enthusiastic, remarcable knowledge of Chicago.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much, Norman! Please consider me for future tours.

Cleota Murrell

United States
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Tour: #24497, The White City, The Rainbow City, and 80 Acres of Hell, Chicago, Illinois, United States    view tour
Date: Mar 13/12

Clarence is an awesome guide. Adds little details. Answers questions. Funny and very professional.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you. I think you guys are pretty cool as well.

Simon Spindler

United Kingdom
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Tour: #24729, Let's go for a walk!, Chicago, Illinois, United States    view tour
Date: Feb 5/12

Clarence did a great job of making me feel welcome and relaxed. He found some interesting, unusual things for me to see, he explained relevant information really well and was enthusiastic. I did not specify my expectations very clearly so it was hard for him to make it to a five star rating! I would have liked a planned coffee stop to 'watch the world go by' - not an obviously good use of my time, but something I had mentioned. I had a good few hours & would certainly book a tour, with Clarence, again.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much. Take good care!