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Chicago Greeter

77 E. Randolph, Chicago, IL (The Loop)
+1 312-945-4231
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As featured in Chicago For free and 1 other guide
Ranked #3 of 207 Activities in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Chicago Greeter highlights more than 40 special interest areas and more than 25 neighborhoods for visitors to explore. Chicago Greeter is designed to... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Johnson City, Tennessee
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

I'm so glad that Chicago offers this service. My husband and I were first time visitors to the Windy City and really didn't know where to even begin. I scheduled a Chicago Greeter tour for the first full day of our trip and received confirmation from our greeter, Larry Ambrose, a couple of weeks beforehand. He contacted us to ask... More

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Ontario, Canada
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54 attraction reviews
161 helpful votes 161 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

What a great time I had with my greeter. What a great idea! My greeter was awesome. She was knowledgeable and had great stories about Chicago. We went inside many buildings and an a slow pace (great for me). Her kindness and knowledge was without compare, this is certainly a tour that must not be missed. Congrats Chicago on this... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

We had Stetson for a tour of the waterfront and downtown area. Stetson did an awesome job. He was very personable, knowledgeable and knows where to find the best cafés. LOL

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

I spent a very good while with Margaret my greeter in Chicago. I learnt a lot with her who made me discover places where I would never have been alone in only such Marquette Builiding, rooms of Cultural Center of Chicago. She prepared for me a whole file to facilitate my visit in the house of Frank Lloyds Wright in... More

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Barrie
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7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Anyone visiting Chicago for the first time should definitely use this service! I signed up for a tour in June, and in mid-July I received a confirmation e-mail that a greeter had 'picked up' my tour. A little while later I got a personal e-mail from the greeter asking when we were arriving in Chicago and for a few other... More

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Berkeley
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

One of the highlights of my Chicago visit! Susan was filled with Midwestern charm and enthusiasm, and shared her love and pride of her city. We communicated via email a few days before our time slot when she asked me about any specific neighborhoods I'd like to see. We explored several of the North side areas at my request, taking... More

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We signed up for a tour three weeks prior our trip. This was our first time visiting Chicago. Our greeter was Milan. He was friendly, patient and knowledgeable. We toured the Cultural Center, Millennium Park, City's Underground System and even took a Water Taxi ride from Chinatown to the Magnificent Mile. I can't speak highly enough of this program and... More

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

My husband and I recently visited Chicago and in planning our trip found out about the Chicago Greeter program. It is run by the Office of Tourism and is completely free for new time visitors to the City. The program matched us up with a wonderful guide-Rae, who gave us a wonderful overview of the Cultural Center (Tiffany Architecture to... More

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Lethbridge, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Book yourself a greeter. You meet at the Cultural Centre downtown which is an interesting historical building. The greeter will cater to your want to see and do. Ours took us on the subway, down to Wrigleyville and explaining on the historical things about Chicago along the way. We explored a bit of Chinatown, took a water taxi, hoped over... More

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Colorado
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We signed up for a tour with Chicago Greeter. Unfortunately, on the day of, my partner wasn't up for going, so I set out to meet the greeter on my own. I am so glad that I didn't back out of this! Peter and I walked all over the loop and downtown areas. He took me in and out of... More

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