InstaGreeter FAQ


Explore Chicago with a friendly, knowledgeable local as your guide!  This FREE service of Choose Chicago lets you take a free hour-long guided walk of Downtown. Here is a list of frequently asked questions about what an InstaGreeter walk entails.

How much do InstaGreeter walks cost?

InstaGreeter walks are completely free.  InstaGreeters are volunteers and adhere to a strict no-tipping policy.  They are happy to provide this service to visitors at absolutely no cost.

How does InstaGreeter differ from a regular Chicago Greeter visit?

InstaGreeter walks are shorter (approximately an hour as opposed to 2-4 hours) than a full-fledged Greeter visit, and do not require registration.  Greeters are stationed at their respective locations during InstaGreeter operating hours Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and ready and willing to give you an informal, guided walk around the Loop.  InstaGreeter located in the Cultural Center's Randolph St. Lobby (77 E. Randolph)  leave on the 1/2 hour beginning at 10am, last walk at 3pm on Friday and Saturday and11am-2pm on Sunday.

How do I go on an InstaGreeter walk?

To take a Loop InstaGreeter visit, simply walk up to the Chicago Greeter desk in the Chicago Cultural Center Randolph St. Lobby (77 E. Randolph St.) between 10am and 3pm on Friday, Saturday and 11am-2pm on Sundays. Tell the InstaGreeter on duty that you would like to sign up for an InstaGreeter walk – it’s that simple!  Walks leave on the half hour.

For our seasonal offerings refer to the InstaGreeter page of the website.


Why should I take an InstaGreeter walk?

InstaGreeter walks are FREE, and registration is not required.  InstaGreeter is perfect as a last-minute alternative for visitors.  These informal, one-hour guided walks are both fun and informative, and ideal for someone who is pressed for time or looking for a more flexible option to a full-fledged Chicago Greeter visit.   InstaGreeter Walks are first come first served.