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Chicago Greeter

#5 of 171 Tours in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Downtown / The Loop
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Address: 77 E. Randolph, Chicago, IL
Phone Number:
+1 312-945-4231
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No

Chicago Greeter highlights more than 40 special interest areas and more...

Chicago Greeter highlights more than 40 special interest areas and more than 25 neighborhoods for visitors to explore. Chicago Greeter is designed to match a friendly, enthusiastic, and city knowledgeable local with a visitor for a two - four hour FREE informal, insider orientation to Chicago's sights. Through the Chicago Greeter service, visitors meet with a greeter who takes them around the city and demonstrates its walk-ability and the user-friendliness of its public transportation system.

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Introduction to Chicago

We booked our tour ahead of time, expressing an interest in architecture, and to provide an overview of the city so that we could explore the city during the following week with a... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Victoria, Canada

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Victoria, Canada
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We booked our tour ahead of time, expressing an interest in architecture, and to provide an overview of the city so that we could explore the city during the following week with a plan that would include most of the things that would interest us. Elaine spent two hours on a cold morning taking us around the downtown area, pointing... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We meet Richard at 1:00 and started our adventure. He walked us through buildings inside and out all the while telling us about the history & architecture. Then we boarded the 'L' and headed to Wicker Park where we shared tacos and more exploring. Richard was great and we enjoyed our afternoon seeing things that no other tour would!

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Edwardsville, Illinois
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Chicago Greeter is an amazing gift from the city of Chicago. It is free and gives you the opportunity to tour many areas of Chicago. The tour guides are volunteer residents of Chicago who love their city. We recently chose to tour Wicker Park and Bucktown. The greeter met us at the Chicago Cultural Center and then he took us... More 

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Mill Valley
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow! Jim, our greeter, was AMAZING! Our guide was definitely selected to accommodate our interests. He was very warm, knowledgeable, and helpful! We saw gorgeous sites we NEVER would have found had we followed guidebooks! Loved the suggestions to see the Macy's flower show, view the visitor's center, peek into hotels! We connected to him instantly. I LOVE how we... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Nancy was our Chicago Greeter and she shared her knowledge of Chicago, it's architecture, Millenium Park, local history, restaurants, recommended tours and transportation tips. Using a Chicago Greeter is the perfect way to be introduced to the city. Just plan ahead, they need 10 days to make the connection between greeter and visitor. A definite must for your first day... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really great tour, you have to do it and you will find out o lot of things about the city you can’t read in a book.

Thank FrancaTen
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was so happy to have stumbled across the Chicago Greeter tour opportunity! You can choose a neighborhood or specific interest (e.g., art, architecture, music, sports) and request a free tour at least 10 days in advance of your visit, for a max of 6 people. We selected Hyde Park and visited the Japanese Garden (on the site of the... More 

Thank rural3
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Paul was our guide, and we had so much fun Touring old hotel lobbies. He had a great knowledge of the area, and catered it towards our needs. It was awesome!!

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Little Rock, Arkansas
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I cannot say enough great things about the Chicago Greeter Program! I have visited Chicago many times for business, and the last few times have availed myself of the program. Each and every time it is unique, informative and personal! I have visited downtown tourist areas, off the beaten path parks and unique, ethic neighborhoods with generous thoughtful Chicagoans! That... More 

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Thank leahkyle
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Paul did an excellent job showing us around the city. I would highly recommend a Chicago greater tour.

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Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a good starting point to sample the city's energy and flavor. This central business district boasts Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. A stunning skyline coupled with cultural attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago present a Downtown where work and play peacefully coexist.
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