Chicago Greeter

Chicago Greeter

Tour Chicago like a local, with a local

Nobody knows Chicago like a local. Which is why Chicago Greeter’s free year-round guided walks are so unique. A Greeter visit is like spending time with a friend who shows you all their favorite places — the ones you wouldn’t find in your average guidebook.

A recipient of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence, awarded in recognition of consistently great reviews from travelers, these 2 – 4 hour insider tours of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods are conducted in over a dozen languages. What’s more, you can customize your Greeter visit to focus on special-interest areas such as architecture, foodie culture, LGBTQ+ Chicago, and family fun, to name a few. You’ll explore authentic Chicago — its fascinating histories, diverse cultural traditions, iconic landmarks, and off-the-beaten-path gems.

“Without our awesome Chicago Greeter we would not have known or explored as much as we did. It literally was a personalized tour…where we got the ins and outs of the city.”

-Anna G
TripAdvisor

InstaGreeter guided walks

Looking for more flexibility, or making plans to visit Chicago last minute? Let InstaGreeter take you on a free hour-long guided walk of downtown Chicago, without the need to register. Walks generally are offered on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays:

  • Loop InstaGreeter: Available year round, departing at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. from the Chicago Cultural Center’s Randolph Street lobby, 77 E. Randolph St.
  • Millennium Park InstaGreeter: Available May 24 – Oct. 6, 2019, departing at 11 a.m. from the Chicago Cultural Center’s Randolph Street lobby, 77 E. Randolph St.
  • Chicago Riverwalk InstaGreeter: Available May 16 – Oct. 6, 2019, departing 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., Thursday – Sunday from Heald Plaza (at the intersection of Wabash Ave. and Wacker Drive, at the top of the stairs leading down to the Chicago River).
  • Uptown InstaGreeter: 2019 dates TBD, departing 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. from Provisions Uptown, 4812 N. Broadway St.

Have questions about InstaGreeter visits? View our InstaGreeter FAQs.

Volunteer as a Chicago Greeter

Love Chicago? Want to show visitors from all around the world your favorite spots in your favorite neighborhoods? Volunteer as a Chicago Greeter. No additional experience is necessary; all you need is a passion for Chicago and knowledge of all it has to offer. You can even customize your visits to your specific interests.

Have questions about becoming a Chicago Greeter? View our Volunteer FAQs.

Chicago Greeter is presented to you in partnership with Bank of America.
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