Meet shortly before 6 PM outside of Ashe Supply Co (a nice cafe) located at 1555 Broadway.

Reservations only required for groups of 5 or more people.  If you want to let us know that you plan to attend a particular tour, you can call 313-283-4332, send a text to that number, or send an email to (

The cost for each tour is only $12.50 per person.

Here is our 2018 schedule for Monday 6pm Walking Tours:

May 07 Historic Churches and Buildings from the 1800s
May 14 Downtown Hotels - Historic Ones and New Ones May 21 Downtown's Major Changes/Progress Since 2000 May 28 Gilbert, Quicken and Bedrock June 04 Pewabic Pottery and Downtown Places w/ Pewabics June 11 Downtown Art - Sculptures, Fountains and Murals June 18 Brush Park Neighborhood - Past and Present June 25 Downtown's Park Avenue - Past and Present July 02 Coney Dogs -- DTC's "Downtown Tour of Coneys" July 09 Historic Churches and Buildings from the 1800s July 16 Downtown Hotels - Historic Ones and New Ones July 23 Downtown's Major Changes/Progress Since 2000 July 30 Gilbert, Quicken and Bedrock Aug 06 Pewabic Pottery and Downtown Places w/ Pewabics Aug 13 Downtown Art - Sculptures, Fountains and Murals Aug 20 Brush Park Neighborhood - Past and Present Aug 27 Nudes (Lots of Them) in our Downtown Public Art Sep 03 Historic Churches and Buildings from the 1800s Sep 10 Downtown Hotels - Historic Ones and New Ones Sep 17 Downtown's Major Changes/Progress Since 2000 Sep 24 Gilbert, Quicken and Bedrock

Tour Descriptions (for more info call 313-283-4332)

Downtown Places with "Pewabics" 
Pewabic Pottery has been in Detroit for more than a century.  We will see their tiles and their artwork on older places including the National Theater and Guardian Building, and newer places like a few People Mover Stations, Comerica Park and the Compuware Building.    This tour also offers background
information about Pewabic Pottery and its co-founder Mary Stratton.

Brush Park Neighborhood Tour
Just outside of downtown is this intriguing area.  It includes the Ransom Gillis home (renovated by Nicole Curtis) and other exquisite homes from the 1870s-1890s.   There's also Woodward Place, the Garden Lofts, the Scott, and a lot of new residential construction underway including City Modern.  
And we cover other interesting places in Brush Park.   We may even ride the Q-LINE during this tour.

Downtown Sculptures, Fountains and Murals
There's Dodge Fountain, Woodward Fountain, Edison Fountain, Alger Fountain and the water feature in the Compuware Building.  There's the huge mural of whales, and a bunch of cool new murals that Dan Gilbert has paid for.  And there are plenty of statues and sculptures to see and learn about -- like the the Spirit of Detroit, the Fist, the naked ballerina, the Labor Monument, the Underground Railroad Memorial, statues of Colombus, Maybury, Pingree ...

Historic Churches & 19th Century Buildings
Without going inside any of them, we can usually cover 10 historic downtown churches, most of which were built in the 1800s.  They include St. Mary's, Second Baptist, Holy Family, Fort Street Presbyterian, St. Aloysius, St. John's, Mariner's Church, and Central United Methodist.  Good info about them, and some photos showing their interiors or stained glass windows.  We also see a variety of other nice downtown buildings from the mid- to late-1800s.

Historic Hotels and New Downtown Hotels
On the more historic side of things, we cover the Book-Cadillac, Milner, Briggs, Royal Palms, Statler, Tuller, Wolverine, Leland and Pontchartrain Hotels -- most of which are still standing.  Newer downtown hotels include the Westin, Doubletree, and A-Loft.   And soon there will new hotels in four buildings that have been vacant for years -- in the Wurlitzer and Metropolitan Buildings, in the old Fire Department HQ, and the new "Shinola" hotel right on Woodward.
Gilbert, Quicken and Bedrock
There is no doubt that Quicken Loans owner Dan Gilbert has been a man on a mission -- to revitalize downtown.  We will get a sense just how many key downtown properties he controls, from the retail district and Hudson's Block, to many of the skyscrapers that surround Campus Martius Park, and we'll see the new stores, new restaurants and new murals that have been changing the experience of visiting downtown Detroit and of working or living there.

Coney Dogs -- DTC's Tour of Downtown Coneys
This tour has all the background info you could want on coney dogs and places that sell them.  Sure, we cover American and Lafayette Coney Island, and we even get a coney dog at American (included in the price of the tour).  But we also see other downtown places selling coneys, we discuss big chains like Leo's, National and Kerby's, and the old time places like Duly's and Coney King, and even see where coney dogs are being sold around the nation.
FYI -- American Coney Island started in 1917, so this year is their hundredth anniversary or hundred birthday.  Congrats to the gang at American!!!  

Nudes (lots of them!) in our Downtown Public Art
The "Spirit of Detroit" is a nude (with a loincloth) and there's the nude ballerina nearby, and the naked indian holding a canoe over his head.  There's also a nude version of a young Frank Murphy (really) outside the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice.  Nudes on the Book Building.   A bunch of nudes outside of the headquarters of Blue Cross / Blue Shield of Michigan.  Nudes and topless people in other places too.   This fun will "disclose the dis-clothed" public art of downtown Detroit, and discuss other prominent examples around the metro area.   It's a fun tour -- and it's art!

Detroit Tour Connections:
Phone / cell number: (313) 283-4332      
Mail: 615 Griswold Street #1625, Detroit, MI 48226