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Chicago Greeter

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Neighborhood: The Loop
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Address: 77 E. Randolph, Chicago, IL
Phone Number: +1 312-945-4231
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Chicago Greeter highlights more than 40 special interest areas and more...
Chicago Greeter highlights more than 40 special interest areas and more than 25 neighborhoods for visitors to explore. Chicago Greeter is designed to match a friendly, enthusiastic, and city knowledgeable local with a visitor for a two - four hour FREE informal, insider orientation to Chicago's sights. Through the Chicago Greeter service, visitors meet with a greeter who takes them around the city and demonstrates its walk-ability and the user-friendliness of its public transportation system.
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My Chicago Greeter was the incomparable Bobbie E. It's impossible to list all of the things we did on the tour, but I'll do my best to recap a few. We met at the Chicago... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 19, 2015
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Atlanta, Georgia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

My Chicago Greeter was the incomparable Bobbie E. It's impossible to list all of the things we did on the tour, but I'll do my best to recap a few. We met at the Chicago Cultural Center which is a marvel in of itself. From there, Bobbie gave me a thorough tour of Millennium Park. We toured so many historical... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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24 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We had a delightful and informative time with our greeter Richard. He emailed us several times prior to our meeting to confirm our tour and interests. We expressed interest in architecture as well as local landmarks and found him to be attentive to our interests as well as being extremely knowledgeable. It was apparent that he loves Chicago and sharing... More 

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Palestine, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

We were met at the Cultural Center by Allan and he couldn't have been nicer. Even though it was a rainy day, his wealth of knowledge of the city and the architecture was amazing and well worth the experience. We learned so much about buildings and objects we had previously passed by but didn't pay any attention to. He was... More 

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London, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Our tour was great! Our guide was exceptionally knowledgeable about the city and its history! He took the time to give us an overview at the beginning to ensure we were interested in what he had planned. He graciously invited another group to join us because their greeter had emailed he was ill. The experience overall was excellent! The online... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

We are moving to Chicago and used this service to help us get a feel for neighborhoods and how the public transportation systems worked. We could not have been more thrilled. Our guide, Gail, was an amazing resource. She was funny, knowledgable, practical and filled with 'insider' tips for us. She emailed us prior to meeting us and has stayed... More 

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Tx
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

I was greeted by the nicest man ever, Peter. He was a walking encyclopedia of Architecture and History about Chicago. It was my first time to visit and I loved all the details he shared with me. We toured the Loop and gave me a fantastic glimpse of all the wonderful buildings and architectural styles that are part of this... More 

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Muskegon, MI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

I can't recommend the Chicago greeter tours highly enough! We spent a lovely couple of hours touring Graceland Cemetary with Marianne. It was a beautiful fall afternoon and marianne was a wealth of knowledge about the architecture an the history of the people buried here. We learned so much and saw some neat things. The personal touch was really wonderful.... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland, United States
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

I hate to complain about a free service that is run by volunteers, but since I decided to try this program based largely on the TripAdvisor reviews, I felt that I should share my experience. We have never visited Chicago before, so we requested a tour including art, architecture, and/or Chicago history, with the neighborhood left as 'Greeter's Choice.' We... More 

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gold coast
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

I had never thought of Chicago as a tourist spot, but after spending 3 days (2 nights) there I was really taken with what is there to do. There is a beautiful drive along the shores of Lake Michigan (3rd largest of the Great Lakes). Willis Tower (formerly Sears) has a glass platform which retracts four to five feet from... More 

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Santiago Province, Dominican Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I really love this volunteer program. It was our first time visiting Chicago and we had already done the typical museums and tour of the loop. Randy was very accommodating and we decided to do a Gold Coast Tour and then visit Wriglyville. He knows a lot about architectures, so I would def recommend Randy if you want to know... More 

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