Gilbert Longoria - he is wonderful! No complaints here - professional, courteous, established a great rapport with the kids. We would gladly have him as our tour director again.

Zack – Minnesota High School Band Director

Hi Gilbert, first I want to tell you how great you were on our Chicago tour in October. You have now set the bar very high for all other city guides! When we are back your way, you will be the only guide we call! 

Carla – Georgia Tour Operator

Gilbert, just wanted to thank you for your excellent tour skills on the Thursday tour with the group from Bloomington, IL. (I was the bearded, grey-haired guy who asked you in Lincoln Square if you felt like you were herding cats. Eerily, you reminded me of a student I had years ago who was also named Gilbert and had almost all of your features. To put my mind to rest, you were not raised in East Central Illinois, were you?) That’s all, except for a repeat of the accolades for your guidance during the tour!

Craig – Happy Tour Passenger

It was a great trip! You were the best! And I have only heard how many great places people saw and enjoyed! We can't thank you enough!!!

Debbie – Missouri Parks and Recreation Travel Director 

Thank you so much for a wonderful tour of Chicago and its food. Everyone in my group raved about the tour and you. I love the way you set it up. Eat a little – tour a little – etc. Thank you again. See you soon!

Mary – Illinois Bank Travel Club Coordinator

Just wanted you to know that we had a great time on our field trip. Students, parents and the principal were all so pleased. Keep us on your radar for next year we will want to make this an annual event for 5th graders. … On another note I am forwarding your email address to our 6th grade teachers because they would like to plan a trip this school year.

Liz – Chicago School Teacher

Gilbert was wonderful, prompt with his replies to our questions, and helped build a unique day trip for our group of seniors. Everyone had a great time visiting the Polish and German enclaves of Chicago. The step-on guide was particularly helpful and knowledgeable. We will definitely use Gilbert / Chicago Tour Company for future outings.

Sara- Chicagoland Senior Center Tour Planner

Gilbert, Just wanted to let you know that Jon (Chicago Tour Company tour guide) did a great job, as usual. His rapport with the driver, the students, and the parents is always excellent, and he goes above and beyond just guiding us from place to place. I really appreciate the way he adds in little extras–like the quick stop at Aqua. He’s a top notch guide. Also, thank you for all the time you put into giving us a well-organized, fun, educational tour. I appreciate all you do to make a great trip for us!

Steve – Ohio Middle School Teacher

Gilbert. We were so happy to have you as our guide while we were in Chicago. We do a evaluation of each trip with our passengers. Every one of them said they thought your tour was excellent. They liked your knowledge of the area and the clear and thoughtful comments. When we return to Chicago in the future, we will hook up with you again. Thanks.

Don – Kansas Tour Director

The kids had to do an “evaluation” of our trip with pros/things to change. They say “keep G!” (you were a favorite part of the trip for many) Thanks again!

Gina – Wisconsin Middle School Teacher

From start to finish you have been a true pleasure to work with. Our group ALL commented that our trip to Chicago was amazing!!! We could not have had such a wonderful experience if it had not been for you. Keep up the good work. If anyone needs a reference about you, please feel free to have them contact me. Thanks again.

Carol – Ohio Tour Operator

Trabajar con Chicago Tour Company fue la mejor opción. La verdad es que trabajaron con nosotros y con lo que quería el grupo. Sobre todo, ellos nos permitieron disfrutar la ciudad de Chicago. Definitivamente recomiendo esta compañía por ayudarnos con nuestra excursión, por su puntualidad, el buen precio, y sobre todo por la excelente atención personal y el servicio que nos dieron.

Working with Chicago Tour Company was the best option. The truth is that they worked with us and with what the group wanted. More importantly, they allowed us to enjoy the city of Chicago. I definitely recommend this company for setting up our excursions, for their punctuality, the great price, and overall, for their excellent personal attention and service they gave us.

Maria – Mexico City Incentive Trip Planner

We’ve been planning student tours for the past 26 years, hired Tour Directors from coast to coast and found Gilbert Longoria to be the best at what he does. His ability to relate to student groups, knowledge of Chicago to direct out of state bus drivers and flexibility adapting to ever changing conditions during a student tour makes him our one and only contact for Tour Director services in Chicago. I would recommend Gilbert and The Chicago Tour Company to anyone looking for tour services in Chicago.

Michael – Minnesota Student Tour Operator

The walking tour was great and the guides were very engaging. Gilbert’s attention to detail and flexibility were instrumental in making our tour a complete success.

Bob – Local Corporate Program Planner

I just had my first experience with The Chicago Tour Company. As a fellow tour operator I was in a jam when my Chicago Tour director was in an auto accident. Chicago Tour Company came to my rescue providing a tour director at the last minute to take over the tour. The customer service from Gilbert, the owner of Chicago Tour Company, was well beyond what I expected and Gilbert became an extension of my own company looking after every detail for me. My customers returned from Chicago asking when they could travel with their Chicago tour director again. When hiring a receptive operator or local tour company, every owner of a tour company hopes the customers will want to travel with the local guide again. There is no better praise for a local guide than comments like this from the customers.

Mel – New Hampshire Tour Operator

Gilbert will not disappoint if you choose to book a trip with him. He takes into consideration the kind of group you have and exactly what you want to do. He leaves no stones unturned and pays close attention to detail. His kind and generous nature let you know right away that you have chosen a tour company that is going to care about you and your group. Don’t miss out on meeting the “Tour Guru” and having a fun adventure with the Chicago Tour Company.

Lisa – Chicagoland Senior Center Tour Planner

Gilbert’s tours always are well planned with itineraries ideally matched to the interests of the group. Everything is taken care of in advance, down to the last detail. Whether seniors or kids on a school trip, the tours are engaging from beginning to end and a good time is guaranteed.

Chicago Tour Guide – Member, Chicago Tour Professionals Association

I, as an ITMI certified Tour Manager and also a Chicago step-on guide for the past 13 years, appreciate the fine job Gilbert does in planning and implementing tour events in Chicago. His events are by far not the standard “vanilla” experience; they are a pleasure to be a part of.

Chicago Tour Guide – Member, Chicago Tour Professionals Association

We have worked with Gilbert for many years. He handles every aspect with professionalism and addresses our tour needs as if he is actually part of our in-house team. He consistently goes above and beyond and provides invaluable insight for our groups experience while in Chicago.

Jill – New York City-area Student Tour Operator

I’ve been working through Gilbert planning tours for almost a decade. His knowledge of Chicago, prompt responses, and reliability make him the obvious choice. Gilbert’s quick wit and fun personality also make him my groups’ first choice of guides each year.

Kate – Ohio Student Tour Operator

You are the greatest find this year!

Patricia – Minnesota Student Tour Operator

Gilbert was wonderful, prompt with his replies to our questions, and helped build a unique day trip for our group of seniors. Everyone had a great time visiting the Polish and German enclaves of Chicago. The step-on guide was particularly helpful and knowledgeable. We will definitely use Gilbert / Chicago Tour Company for future outings.

Sara – Michigan Senior Center Pro