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.

 

Do I need to wear a mask on an InstaGreeter visit?

If you are fully vaccinated you do not need to wear a mask but we ask you have one available in case you are going into a building that requires masks.  If you are unvaccinated please wear a mask at all times. 

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.  Our current Loop location begins operating July 2 and will be offered Friday, Saturday and Sunday with one walk a day leaving at 11:30am. Greeters are ready and willing to give you an informal, guided one hour walk around the Loop.  Loop InstaGreeter is  located in the Cultural Center's Welcome Center 77 E. Randolph. 

How do I go on an InstaGreeter walk?

To take a Loop InstaGreeter visit, simply walk into the Welcome Center located in the Chicago Cultural Center, Randolph St.  (77 E. Randolph St.) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. One walk per day leaving at 11:30am. Tell the InstaGreeter on duty that you would like to sign up for an InstaGreeter walk – it’s that simple!  .

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

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.  Our current Loop location begins operating July 2, 2021 and will be offered Friday, Saturday and Sunday with one walk a day leaving at 11:30am. Greeters are ready and willing to give you an informal, guided one hour walk around the Loop.  Loop InstaGreeter is  located in the Cultural Center's Welcome Center 77 E. Randolph. 

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. 

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