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Chicago Greeter

The free Chicago Greeter visits are led by friendly locals who will guide you through authentic Chicago — its fascinating histories, diverse cultural traditions, iconic landmarks, and off-the-beaten-path gems.

Chicago Greeter offers a variety of ways to explore the city: register for a customized neighborhood visit with a friendly local, join a fast and flexible walk of downtown, or explore on your own with self-guided tours.

Chicago Greeter visits

Chicago Greeter visits

These personalized visits offer a deep dive into the Chicago neighborhood of your choice, led by a friendly local. A recipient of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence, these immersive visits are conducted in over a dozen languages.

Chicago Greeter visits are:

  • Completely free of charge
  • Typically last two to four hours
  • Led by a friendly local Greeter
  • Can accommodate up to six guests

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InstaGreeter downtown walks

InstaGreeter downtown walks

Looking for a quick and easy way to see downtown Chicago’s top sights? Let InstaGreeter take you on a free hour-long guided walk, without the need to register in advance.

  • InstaGreeter walks of the Loop begin at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Chicago Cultural Center (77 E. Randolph St.).
  • InstaGreeter walks of the Chicago Riverwalk depart at 11:30 a.m every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (Memorial Day through Labor Day) at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Check out the InstaGreeter schedule for more details, including neighborhood pop-up.

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Neighborhood Pop-Up Walks

Neighborhood Pop-Up Walks

The Chicago Greeter Neighborhood Pop-Up Walks series will bring free walks to neighborhoods across the city all summer long. Check back for tour meeting locations.

June 111:30 a.m.Chinatown
June 11 p.m.South Loop
June 811:30 a.m.Pilsen
June 81 p.m.Bronzeville
June 1511:30 a.m.Uptown
June 151 p.m.Wrigleyville
June 2211:30 a.m.Lincoln Square
June 221 p.m.Rogers Park
June 2911:30 a.m.Hyde Park
June 291 p.m.South Shore
July 1311:30 a.m.Pullman
July 131 p.m.Beverly
July 2011:30 a.m.Little Village
July 201 p.m.West Loop/Fulton Market
July 2711:30 a.m.Northalsted
July 271 p.m.Southport Corridor
Aug. 311:30 a.m.Chatham
Aug. 31 p.m.Pilsen
Aug. 1011:30 a.m.West Town
Aug. 101 p.m.Humboldt Park

Volunteer as a Chicago Greeter

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.

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Self-guided Greeter tours

Presented by Bank of America

Explore Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods at your own pace with these self-guided Chicago Greeter tours, presented by Bank of America. These walking tours have been curated by expert locals to showcase each neighborhood’s unique history, culture, and hidden gems.


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