Thank you for your interest in being a part of the Chicago Beer Experience team! Please see below for opportunities.
Do you like beer? Do you love Chicago? Do you LOVE people? Can you command a group of people, where you educate, lead, and have fun? If yes, apply now to be one of our Tour Guides!
We seek highly passionate and empathetic people as Tour Guides. We typically hire in the winter, but also may hire qualified individuals at other times based on need and fit. Tour Guide positions are part-time and/or on-call. Applicants must possess strong leadership abilities, charisma, a great sense of humor, excellent communication skills and a deep passion for Chicago and its beer. YOU MUST LOVE PEOPLE! Please note that we are NOT affiliated with other tour companies, including Chicago Food Planet Food Tours, although we love them, too!
Leading a beer tour combines quick thinking, sophisticated storytelling and leading people from one location to the next. We provide you all the training and get you up to speed on knowledge of Chicago history and its incredible beers. Once you’re up and leading a beer tour, you’ll be flabbergasted that you’re getting paid for something so ridiculously fun and rewarding. If you think you have the improv and herding skills required, then please apply as soon as possible!
We provide the training, so don’t worry if you don’t feel like you are an expert on Chicago or beer. As long as you love both, you’ll be fine!
We are looking for tour guides on our tours in Lakeview & Lincoln Park, Bucktown & Wicker Park, and the Loop & South Loop. Only applicants living close to/in downtown Chicago area will be considered. Self-employed individuals and/or flexible schedules preferred. MUST have availability on weekends, especially Saturdays. Tours are 3 hours long and usually start between 1-5 PM. Depending on start time, tours generally end between 4-8 PM. We prefer applicants to be at least 25 years old, although exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis. The job is seasonal through December, although there may be fewer guiding opportunities in the fall and winter. Please no undergraduate students.
INTERVIEWS and TRAINING:
After casual interviews to determine fit, training will begin based on schedule availability and is paid. It will generally last between 3-5 weeks depending on scheduling.
Once hired and trained, Tour Guides receive on average $20/hr to $40/hr. Including gratuities, most Tour Guides average between $100-$150 per tour. All tours are 3-hours long. A Tour Guide never guides more than one tour in a single day.
Please send a single email with ALL the following information to [email protected]
1. A creative explanation (max. 500 words) of why you’d make the perfect beer tour guide
2. Full resume as simple text inside the body of the email below your creative explanation; NO resume file attachments
3. Indicate which day(s) of the week, including weekends, you are generally available to lead tours
4. Any international traveling experience(s)
5. Use the following format in the email Subject line: Your Last Name, Your First Name – Tour Guide Application.
Please do not call or email us to check on your status. We will thoroughly review every application submitted. We will only contact applicants who meet our internal criteria for an interview.
If we see a good fit, we will email you with information on your interview (date, time, location, etc.), what you can expect when we meet, and more details on training and eventual employment.
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
You are required to own a mobile phone, have desktop/laptop-based Internet access in your place of residence, and check your email at least once per day.
Thank you for your time and consideration!