Chicago Greeter

The free Chicago Greeter tours 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 tour with a friendly local, take an immersive neighborhood walk led by community groups, join a fast and flexible tour of downtown, or explore on your own with self-guided walks.

International Greeter Day

International Greeter Day

Saturday, Sept. 18 2021

Explore Chicago with a local guide for International Greeter Day! This is a free, walk-up only event and no reservations are required. Join us on walking tours of three unique areas:

  • The downtown Loop
  • The historic Chinatown community
  • The award-winning Chicago Riverwalk

Tours will meet in Millennium Park (Chase Promenade tent, north end) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 18. This year’s event will also feature a new scavenger hunt starting at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m.

In-person Greeter tours

In-person Greeter tours

These personalized tours 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 two to four hour tours are conducted in over a dozen languages.

Chicago Greeter and Choose Chicago are committed to providing a safe experience for its volunteers and visitors. Our tours will be operating with the following safety precautions:

  • Guests and tour guides must wear masks at all times during the tour.
  • Tour groups must be six guests or less.

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Welcome to Our Neighborhood tours

Welcome to Our Neighborhood tours

This new tour series features free neighborhood walks led by diverse community groups and neighborhood organizations. These immersive tours will highlight each community’s unique stories, top attractions, and under-the-radar finds — all through the eyes of the people who know their neighborhood the best. Capacity is limited, sign-up for these free walks today.

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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.

Instagreeter downtown tours

Instagreeter downtown tours

Looking for a quick and easy tour of downtown Chicago’s top sights? Let InstaGreeter take you on a free hour-long guided walk, without the need to register in advance. Tours begin at 11:30 a.m. every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Chicago Cultural Center Welcome Center (77 E. Randolph St.).

Have questions about InstaGreeter visits? View our InstaGreeter FAQs.

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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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