Amazing tour with such a lovely person. Johanna really makes you feel like you are one of the family right away. She listened to exactly what we wanted and provided a great tour showing the key sites and lots of things off the beaten track we would never have found by ourselves. Thank you so much, Johanna, for the amazing experience and we will see you next time we are in Chicago.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for choosing me as your guide in the City of Big Shoulders. I can't wait till you guys come back! There is much more to explore. Till then!
Hillary WichtUnited States
Johanna was the epitome of Chicago class, style and grit.Friendly and down to earth, she always had a plan and an answer. She curated an awesome day in the city combining elements of outdoor nature, interesting museums, architecture, aesthetic, culture, history, great roof top bars, and Chicago sweet spots. Even my colleagues who live in Chicago commented on the photos saying "I was going to the best places in Chicago!" I can't recommend her enough and I am thrilled to have connected with her on the site!
Thomas WittmanUnited States
Johanna's tour of Chicago's Polish neighborhoods and landmarks greatly exceeded our expectations. From Polish migration history to churches to restaurants, Johanna knows her turf. Johanna's confidence, humor and genuine warmth set an ideal tone for the our 3-day Chicago visit. By day's end we thought of her more as a friend, than tour guide. A very memorable day!
Kenneth SandlerNew York City, NY, United States
Halina R.Windsor, ON, Canada
Johanna was our step-on-guide for a customized six-hour tour on August 20th. We were 54 Canadians of Polish descent, aged 50+, so we were also interested in the “Polish” Chicago. Johanna put together a tour that included all major points of interest as well as commentary on her personal knowledge and experience as a Polish American. We made stops at Millenium Park, Union Station, Chicago Cultural Centre, The Water Tower and one of the oldest Polish churches in Chicago.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: "The group found Johanna to be enthusiastic and very personable. Johanna made our all-day tour one to remember and receives our full recommendation... We loved the customized itinerary and the stops we made. Everyone said this was the best trip to Chicago (it was our 3rd). If we go again in a couple of years, I'll look you up - hopefully you'll still be a Chicago guide." Halina Roznawski Thank you for the kind words. What at lively group of visitors. Hope to see you all again. Na Zdrowie! Cheers!
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals is committed to 5-Star tour experiences and we appreciate any learning opportunity to improve the quality of the service we offer our customers. We take all feedback seriously and have, as always, attempted to clarify with our customer if there was anything our guide, or ToursByLocals, could have done differently to have made this tour a 5-Star experience.
S Jay YostIrvine, CALIFORNIA, United States
Johanna planned and executed and outstanding tour of Chicago for my family while we were in the area. Her knowledge of the city then and now is great. Johanna provided use with some looks at parts of the city that we would never have found on our own. This tour was well worth the money and enjoyed by all. I would recommend Johanna as a tour guide to anyone visiting Chicago.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the great feedback! I had a lovely afternoon with you and your family. It was a pleasure to show you around town.
Brooke WestUnited States
Johanna was amazing! We had a wonderful time seeing the city and some of the most amazing views! She was very friendly and super sweet! We felt like we had known her for years!! Thanks for a wonderful day!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Brooke! I also felt that I'd known you two for years. Thanks for the great company. I'm glad that I was able to make your birthday weekend and couple get-away a memorable one. Please visit us again soon! Chicago awaits your return.
Could not have had a tour guide better for our group than Johanna! She really knows the city, is passionate and proud of it, and is extremely flexible for what you want to see/do. And such a super nice person to top it off! Highly recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Sto Lat Michal! You guys were a fantastic group! I had a great time, and I'm glad you and your colleagues did too. Thanks for the laughs. Hope you'll visit us again soon.
David F.United Kingdom
Johanna put together an extensive day for us showing the highlights of Chicago and tailoring the day exactly to our needs. Johanna was knowledgeable, personable and took time to ensure all group members received all information.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks David! I'm very glad that I was able to spend the day with you and your family. Luckily the weather turned for the better, and we were able to enjoy all of the great things that Chicago has to offer. Please come visit again soon.
Andrea DoddsUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for choosing me as your local guide. I hope your son enjoys living here in the City of Big Shoulders. It was my pleasure to show you and your family an overall sense of Chicago. Hope you'll visit us again soon!
Christine BlockUnited States
Johanna was awesome and personable!! As a first time visitor to Chicago, I had an amazing day ! I got lots of insights to the city and wonderful insider tips. She is fantastic.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for choosing me to show you around! I loved seeing your eyes light up when we saw the spectacular views from the rooftop bars. Moments like that are why I enjoy this job so much. Hope you visit us again in the Windy City.
Are you looking for a really tailor made private tour? Johanna is your choice. We had only little time, had to start far away from the center and wanted to end up at the airport. No problem for Johanna. We got a good impression of some high lights and enjoyed a great lunch at the roof top bar in the Athletics Sport Club facing the Millennium Parc and the lake of Michigan. Johanna share with us her favourites spots of Art Décor and told us interesting details of the history of Chicago.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Carlos! We certainly made the most out of the short amount of time we had. Thanks for supporting Tours By Locals guides around the world. I appreciated learning about your involvement with Lions Club and it's history. Afternoon lunch with your colleague was a great way to conclude our afternoon. Hope our paths cross again one day! Good luck on your future adventures!
We had a wonderful time with Johanna. I asked for so many places to be incuded in the tour, but she managed to visit all of them. I look forward to travelling with tourbylocal again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for showing me some interesting places that I didn't even know existed...such as the Japanese market. That was really fun. I also enjoyed listening to your stories. I am still laughing about it now! Thank you for the tea towel and chop sticks. They have come in handy. Best Wishes!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Lina, how can I possibly hurry when you and your friend have such interesting stories to tell? Thank you for lunch and champagne. I really enjoyed it amongst great company and a 360 degree view of Chicago as our backdrop. This is why I love my job...because of fantastic people such as yourself. Hope you visit us again!
Johanna is a very active, well educated and polite person, who gives that extra mile to do a great job. She showed my wife and I, real Chicago hidden gems that as a tourist would never be able to know. The tour exceeded our expectations so I have no doubt to recomend Johanna For the Chicago Highlights Tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am really glad that I was able to rearrange my schedule and give you a tour of this magnificent city. You and your wife's company was a pleasure to have. I enjoyed learning about your country and exchanging stories about fishing. Hopefully you will be able to return and do some fishing on Lake Michigan.
I had a great time with Johanna. She was very efficient as a guide. We visited some great hidden places which I couldn't have found by myself. She was also very flexible as she postponed the tour until the afternoon due to the bad weather,I really appreciated it.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Daniel! I am happy that you enjoyed my tour. I enjoyed hearing about your traveling adventures. Traveling opens up the mind and the heart! Pleasure to meet you.
Helaine NelsonDallas, TX, United States
Johanna is a vivacious, knowledgeable, friendly, and fun guide. Our tour of Chicago Polish neighborhoods, churches and other sites was simply a great day! Johanna promised wonderful Polish foods and she came through perfectly with our sampling lunch of four different dishes (with enough to take home on the train). We appreciated our adventure to the 1930s bar near the old Stockyards with its devilishly spry 94-year old owner. Johanna graciously picked us up and dropped us off at different locations. A1!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the kind words, Helaine. I also really enjoyed spending the afternoon with you and your husband! It was a pleasure sharing my knowledge of Polish history in Chicago with you. I wish we had more time to explore. I wish you and your husband many more adventures to come!
Cathy GoldenUnited States
Johanna treated us to a swing through downtown and Old Town. We were able to go inside a number of landmarks including the Chicago Public Library. Despite the challenges of Chicago traffic she got us to so many places we would never have had the time or info to get to ourselves. She was flexible, polite and friendly and we were very comfortable in her car. We felt the tour was well worth the money and exceeded our expectations. A great intro that informed the rest of our stay in town. We'd do it again!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Cathy. I had a lot of fun hanging out with you and your sister. The traffic wasn't so miserable because we got to chat the whole way, and I'm glad that we managed to squeeze in all of those sites.