Resident-led Walking
& Coach Tours

"The best way to see this charming neighborhood is on a German Village Tours walking tour led by longtime residents and historians."
Lois Alter Mark, USA TODAY

Welcome to
German Village Tours

Trace the footsteps of proud German immigrants who built this neighborhood 175 years ago.  Admire more than a thousand brick homes and commercial buildings that have been lovingly restored over the past 60 years.  Residents Gail Stoy and John Clark will share with you the highlights of this nationally celebrated urban historic district.

Walking Tours

We lead you the way.

Public tours start Saturdays at 1
from The Book Loft – 631 S. Third St.
(April – Oct.)
$15 each; $12 for seniors & students.

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Private tours from $95.
Email or call for details.

Coach Tours

We ride with you.

Option 1:
We provide a step-on guide.

Option 2:
We provide the bus and guide.

Option 3: Small-group VIP Tour
We provide a luxury mini-van,
a driver and guide.

Email or call for details.

On-site Presentations

We bring the history to you.

We come to you with a 45-minute slide show featuring stories about the Village and dozens of historic photos.

Email or call for details.

We can personalize any walking tour or coach tour with a German lunch or dinner, wine & chocolate tasting, stained glass factory tour and more. 

German Village Tours is owned and operated by John Clark and Gail Stoy, two German Village residents who are passionate about their neighborhood. John and his wife Jan have made the Village their home for the past 26 years. He has written a history book, German Village Stories Behind the Bricks, which details many fascinating tales about this special place. Gail and her husband, Frank, are also active in German Village and devoted to its preservation. Gail is an educator, and has spent her career teaching children and adults. Both Gail and John have led numerous walking and coach tours for the non-profit German Village Society, and remain committed to its educational mission.

FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

It’s best to use a restroom in a coffee shop or restaurant before we start. Depending on the hour and the season, you may also find available restrooms at the German Village Society, 588 South Third St., and at the Schiller Park Community Center, at the corner of Jaeger and East Deshler St.

Tips are not expected, but they are appreciated.

Tickets are non-refundable. If we deem it necessary to cancel a tour, you may choose a refund, a credit voucher for a future tour or a gift certificate.
Dress comfortably for the weather. The most important thing to remember is sturdy walking shoes. Our old neighborhood has plenty of brick streets and uneven sidewalks. You may wish to bring bottled water and sunscreen.
There is a small public parking lot behind the Golden Hobby Shop, 630 South Third St., on the northeast corner of South Third and Sycamore (next to Starbucks). Also, you may park in the driveway of the German Village Society offices, at 588 South Third. Otherwise, your best option is to park on the street. Pay close attention to signs, as some areas enforce two-hour parking limitations.

German Village can be enjoyed in all kinds of weather, but we may choose to cancel in the event of storms or ice. These decisions are often made at the last minute, so please keep your phones handy. We will contact you.

Not on a standard walking or bus tour.  But we would be happy to design a tour for you that incorporates time to shop, dine, pick up a light snack or have a German beer. Just email or call us for more information.

There will be frequent stops, whether you’re walking or on a bus, to take in a particular sight or hear a story.

Want more information?

614-642-TOUR (8687)

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A portion of every ticket sale benefits the non-profit German Village Society.​