Meet a Greeter and Tour Chicago for Free

December 11, 2010

Want to teach an out-of-town guest about downtown Chicago? Or, maybe you want to learn more yourself.

Greeter talking to a tourist in Chicago.Time to meet a Chicago Greeter.

Chicago Greeter is a free service provided by the Chicago Office of Tourism in which volunteer residents who know the city well will take you on a tour of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods.

Most of the tours – to neighborhoods such as Old Town, Hyde Park and Millennium Park – run from Memorial Day to Columbus Day, but here are two tours available now:

*InstaGreeter: This free tour is a great introduction to downtown Chicago and will cover everything from Chicago history to architecture to the river and the lakefront.

The 60-minute walking visits take off on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the last departure at 3 p.m.

Check in at the InstaGreeter booth in the Chicago Cultural Center Visitor Information center, 77 E. Randolph Street. Limited to groups of six or fewer, no reservations are required for this tour.

*Magnificent Mile InstaGreeter: Chicago Greeter has teamed up with the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association for these new one-hour tours of the Mag Mile and its surrounding area.

People walking along the Mag Mile during holiday time.You’ll get an “insider’s orientation” to landmarks like the John Hancock Building, the former Playboy mansion, historic architecture and the best of holiday decorations and shopping.

The Magnificent Mile InstaGreeter is available every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Limited to groups of six or less, the tours leave from the Water Works Visitor Information Center, 163 E. Pearson Street. No reservations are required and visits are first-come, first-served.

Think you know Chicago? Why not volunteer as a Greeter and share your knowledge with others? For more information, visit

Visitors looking for a more in-depth look at the city can register for a free 2-4 hour guided walking tour of a neighborhood or special local interest of their choice. Check out for more information. Reservations for this tour should be made seven to 10 days in advance.

Want more information on the program? Visit or call (312) 744-8000.

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