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Chicago News and Updates for Travel Professionals: May 2012

Chicago Greeter opens new InstaGreeter location in Boystown.

Beginning May 26, the free Chicago Greeter service, which provides free tours around the city for groups of six or fewer, will open a brand new InstaGreeter location in the heart of Boystown, Chicago's GLBT epicenter, at the Center on Halsted (3656 N. Halsted St.).

InstaGreeter offers free one-hour, on-the-spot tours (read: no reservations required) that are perfect for small groups with free time on their hands and an interest in exploring the Lakeview/Boystown/Wrigleyville neighborhoods.

What does the tour include? Your groups will wander fashionable boutiques, novelty stores, restaurants, entertainment venues and, of course, Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs.

The flexibility makes it perfect to help fill any itinerary.

Upcoming dates:

  • May 26
  • June 2, 16 & 30
  • July 14 & 28
  • August 11 & 25
  • September 8 & 22
  • October 6

Send groups to stop by for a tour on those days between 11am and 3pm (with the last tour leaving at 2pm).



Google adds works from the Art Institute of Chicago to its online museum.

It's the ultimate "know-before-you-go." Now that Google has added works from the Art Institute of Chicago to its online gallery, your groups can get a detailed look at paintings from artists like Monet and Degas before they see the real thing.

From NBC Chicago:

The Art Institute, along with many other museums, allowed Google to use their streetview technology to create an online walk through of their galleries. One of the most famous paintings included in the online display is Georges Seurat's "Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte."

"Our complete focus is making art accessible to the world simply and easily and providing a wonderful way for people to engage in and expore art work like never before," says the US president of Google, Margo Giorgiadis.

There is no cost to browse the Google Art Project online galleries.
Click here to browse paintings from the Art Institute of Chicago online.


Chicago named one of 2012’s top U.S. travel destinations by Lonely Planet

As part of an annual tradition, the editors at Lonely Planet put together their top picks for the best places to travel in the United States — and Chicago made the list.

Here's what Lonely Planet had to say about the city that's second to none:

Chicago's going to be busy in 2012, with the [...] NATO summit based here — though the main attraction lies outside politics. Instead, occupy the Magnificent Mile! Chicago has incredible art offerings at places like the Art Institute and Millennium Park, some of the country's best restaurants and world-class festivals like Lollapalooza and Taste of Chicago. And the Obamas' old neighborhood on the south side — Hyde Park — is seeing more visitors for its lakeside walks and a look at Frank Lloyd Wright's 'prairie style' Robie House, up this year for World Heritage Site status.


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