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Chicago Greeter

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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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An outstanding service provided to Chicago visitors. FREE... no tips accepted. Hard to believe. However, these well educated, articulate, friendly and Chicago-wise volunteers... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

An outstanding service provided to Chicago visitors. FREE... no tips accepted. Hard to believe. However, these well educated, articulate, friendly and Chicago-wise volunteers really love this city. My volunteer Sue M. was so pleasant, educated and really clued me in on how to navigate and what to see. She offered to take me around also! I would not miss this,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This tour is free. Your tour guide will be someone who lives in & loves Chicago and will be tailored to your personal tastes & interests whether they are directed toward sports, the arts, Chicago's amazing architecture, or the international communities in this city. It is usually a walking tour and starts in the Downtown Cultural Center (formerly the Chicago... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Larry Ambrose provided us with a delightful and highly knowledgeable tour of downtown Chicago. Chicago Greeters is a free service which matches local residents with tourists seeking walking tours of various areas of Chicago. We had originally planned to tour another neighborhood, but Larry was very convincing about why we should instead concentrate on the architecture of downtown Chicago. Larry... More 

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Leeds
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

What an awesome start to our trip. We met our 'greeter' peter on our first day of our route 66 adventure. He was very knowledgeable and took us to places that we would never find on our own. He went above and beyond to ensure that our experience was enjoyable, he certainly had a love for the city. Thank you... More 

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San Rafael, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

My husband and I always take walking tours in the cities we visit. Usually, we end up with quite a few people and sometimes it is hard to hear the tour guide. I found Chicago Greeters on Trip Advisor. I filled out a request form on their website for what we were interested in seeing having never been before. Allen,... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Sherry, our guide shared her knowledge and love of Chicago in a way that made our trip memorable. She took us through the downtown and pointed out the architectural and historical details, both older and modern.

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Melle, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Our greeter tour with Dave was really a highlight in our visit of Chicago.Dave adapted very well to the selection of things we wanted to see. No effort was too much and instead of the classical 2 to 3 hours we did a walk of almost 6 hours .Dave has a lot of background (architecture,history,...)which allowed us to get a... More 

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Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We signed up for this FREE service. It was so awesome. I asked to go to China Town, I thought it would be nice to go with someone who knew the area. Yep, good idea. We met at the Chicago Cultural Center (very easy to find). Susan told us about the history of the city. She was able to get... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

This was a great opportunity for my grandsons and me to get to learn about Chicago from a Chicago native. Chuck was very nice and patient with my G-sons (8 & 11) as they were a bit rowdy, especially on the subway to and from Wrigley Field. We learned a lot about the city and the area and how to... More 

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Aalst, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We had an amazing and very interesting architectural tour with our charming guide mrs Cherry Hersch we really enjoyed it thank you

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Downtown / The Loop
Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a good starting point to sample the city's energy and flavor. This central business district boasts Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. A stunning skyline coupled with cultural attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago present a Downtown where work and play peacefully coexist.