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Chicago Like a Local Blog

Unique perspectives on the city from the people who live here.

Author: Sawyer J. Lahr

Sawyer J. Lahr has been touring individuals, corporate clients, educational groups, and senior citizens for over two years as  the sole proprietor of a boutique destination management company, The Friendly Greeter. We specialize in neighborhood walking tours, educational tours, shopping tours, travel guides, and airport greeters. Originating in the Midwest, Sawyer has a love for the region's natural beauty, farmers markets, craft beers, small-batch coffee roasters, antique shopping, thrift stores, vintage fashion, and culinary arts. We invite you to look up, peek inside, and branch out into Chicago's many vibrant neighborhoods. We look forward to guiding you or your group through this awe-inspiring city as you've never seen it before! 

DIY Tours: Chicago's Riverfront by Divvy Bike

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 12:00 AM by Sawyer J. Lahr

River Front

Since the first 75 Divvy bike racks became operational on June 28, 2013, the city of Chicago announced that the Divvy program is the biggest in the country based on the percentage of bikes used. Over 50,000 trips were taken in the first month. Why not take advantage of the 300 plus stations already in place by taking this short tour of Chicago's north loop and riverfront. This tour will show you how to rent a Divvy bike as well as keep you in protected bike lanes and away from heavy traffic. 

Three of Chicago's Must-Visit Beercades

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 12:00 AM by Sawyer J. Lahr

A beer arcade or "beercade" is an arcade that serves beer or a bar specializing in vintage video and pinball games. As opposed to Dave & Busters and Gameworks, these beercades are small and independently owned. It's not entirely a new phenomenon to serve alcohol at an arcade, but these three venues reclaim older machines in good repair like Atari's Caterpillar, Space Invaders, Pac Man, Mrs. Pac Man, Mario Brothers, Duck Hunt, Mortal Combat and a dozen pinball machines ranging from Jurassic Park to a new Metallica and Avatar game. 

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