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Tours of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Detroit Visitor’s Branch

One of the Detroit’s lesser known tour spots is the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Detroit Visitor’s Branch. This tour is free and open to the public with a reservation Monday thru Thursday (sans bank holidays) 9am - 4pm.

During this 45 minute tour, groups size 15-60 get to learn about the Federal Reserve System, as well as it’s branches. Along side learning how the Federal Reserve works and their responsibilities, groups also get to watch the Detroit Branch’s cash department run it’s every day functions such as sorting currency and getting it ready for the local banks. There is also a chance to learn about the Chicago Federal Reserve via a video and to have any additional questions answered afterwards.

This might be just a short tour, but you can extend it in two ways. The first is to the request a speaker which they recommend doing a month or more in advance, especially during the busy months throughout the school year. Second is to visit the Bank’s Fresh Approach Cafe for either breakfast (7:30am - 10am) or for lunch (11am-1:15pm). Also available is a specially designed lunch for your group.

Since this is a reservations only tour, it is asked that you schedule your tour three weeks in advance or more. You can contact them by calling them at (313) 964-6170 or emailing them at

Do keep in mind that there is a security screening as well as the fact that they tours are open for high school age children and older and school tours require at least 1 adult for every 10 ten students. Check their website for more information on the tours.

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