Greeter Visit Options

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Let an enthusiastic, city-wise volunteer Greeter take you on a FREE 2-4 hour insider’s orientation to the city and its diverse neighborhoods!  Greeters are matched with visitors based on their interests, choose from over 25 neighborhoods and 40 special local interests, Greeter visits are available in over a dozen foreign languages.  Register for a Chicago Greeter visit today – it’s like having a friend or family member show you their favorite things to see and do in the city!

See below for neighborhoods you might want to explore based on your interests:

On a Greeter's Choice tour, your Greeter will show you their favorites and 'must-sees' in Chicago.

Greeter’s Choice

Not sure what to choose? Our most popular type of Chicago Greeter visit gives visitors a one-of-a-kind experience, leaving it up to their Greeter to show them his or her favorites and ‘must-sees’ in Chicago.  Our Greeters are not only passionate about Chicago but also extremely knowledgeable, and you can be sure they have hidden gems and treasures off-the-beaten path to share with you.  Just leave the sightseeing up to them and enjoy the ride! Select "Greeter's Choice" as an interest when you register.

Art & Architecture

Interested in art and architecture? You should explore The Loop - birthplace of modern architecture - and see the evolution of the skyscraper, from the first stone-clad structures to the glass and steel wonders that soar high into the clouds.  Discover ornate mansions in Wicker Park, the gothic architecture of the University of Chicago campus in Hyde Park, and gold-domed churches in Ukrainian Village.  See the work of legendary architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and contemporary architects Rem Koolhaas and Mies van der Rohe on the campus of IIT in Bronzeville. Marvel at the plentiful public art, often hidden in plain sight, in neighborhoods such as Ravenswood, Pilsen, and Humboldt Park.

A Greeter shows a group of visitors The Valois Cafeteria in Hyde Park, a favorite of President Obama's and other neighborhood insiders.Fun for Foodies

Love food? Familiarize yourself with Chicago’s vast culinary and dining landscape.  Learn the history behind revered Chicago institutions, experience the Randolph Street restaurant row in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood, and see the newest hotspots of Chicago’s top chefs and restaurateurs in Logan Square. Stroll through one of Chicago’s many amazing farmer’s markets, or discover a whole new world of flavors in an ethnic grocery store on Devon AvenueArgyle Street, or in Lincoln Square, Chinatown, or Pilsen. Albany Park, one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the nation, offers a smorgasbord of dining options, from Swedish to Serbian, Korean to Persian,  Mexican to Pan-African. Expand your palate! 

History Buffs

Want to learn more about Chicago history? See where the Great Chicago Fire started and Jane Addams’ legendary Hull House Museum in Little Italy / University Village.  Visit the Bronzeville neighborhood - a living monument to the generations of African Americans who emigrated here from the South during the Great Migration at the turn of the 20th century.  Visit the site of the 1873 World’s Columbian Exposition in Jackson Park and see the sole structure remaining from the Fair.  Walk a day in the shoes of Chicago’s 19th century working class in George Pullman's eponymous model company town, now the Pullman Historic District. See some of the oldest churches and dwellings to survive the Great Fire in Old Town, or visit the Chicago History Museum in nearby Lincoln Park.

Two children discover leafy palm's at the Lincoln Park Conservatory.

Fun for Families 

Looking for family friendly activities? Chicago spells fun for all ages, all year round, and there are plenty of awesome sights, sounds and activities for our youngest visitors (and their parents!). Experience the wonders of <the Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier in Streeterville. Marvel at monumental pieces of public art such as the iconic Picasso in the Loop or Cloud Gate (also known as ‘the Bean’) and the interactive Crown Fountain in Millennium Park.  Encounter the great outdoors at a nature preserve in Chicago's North Park neighborhood.  Experience the wonders of the Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier in Streeterville. Take a peek at the wooden scoreboard at the ballpark in Wrigleyville. Shop for children's books and and learn the mysteries of the ancient world in Hyde Park.. Visit your favorite animals in the always free zoo and farm in Lincoln Park. Discover the inner child in us all! 

LGBTQ Chicago

Want to explore Chicago's LGBTQ neighborhoods? Chicago is proud to be home to one of the world’s most active and welcoming lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) communities.  Explore the many LGBT@-friendly businesses, restaurants and bars in Boystown (part of Lakeview) and Andersonville.  Visit the Center on Halsted, the largest and most comprehensive LGBTQ community center in the Midwest.  

A Greeter visit makes a stop at the Swedish American Museum in Andersonville.

Ethnic Chicago

Interested in Chicago's enthic heritage? Chicago’s neighborhoods are like a window to the world.  Immerse yourself in rich and vibrant cultures from around the globe in ethnic enclaves such as Chinatown (the fourth largest in the U.S.), the Southeast Asian corridor on Devon Avenue, the heart of the city’s Mexican American community in Pilsen, the bastion of Greek heritage that is Greektown, and much more! Visit Southeast Asian shops, grocers and restaurants on Argyle Street in Uptown, or head to Milwaukee Avenue, the heart of Polish Chicago. Discover the Swedish roots of Andersonville, and the German-American roots of Lincoln Square and Wicker Park, now home to trendy boutiques and restaurants.

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