from ground zero to the neighborhoods
Chicago is easy to navigate once you get the hang of it. Spend 2 1/2 hours learning how the City grew. We begin in the loop - "ground zero" is the corner of State and Madison where the easy grid system begins. The history of Chicago is reviewed while we walk and tour several buildings. From there we take the El (elevated train) out to view several neighborhoods. Another walking tour to Lincoln Park and a bus ride back down Michigan will help provide excellent tools to make the best of the rest of your time in Chicago.
Chicago's loop has many icons to be seen, such as State Street. The history of Chicago is revealed as we walk and tour several buildings. From there we take the El (elevated train)to view several neighborhoods. Another walking tour to Lincoln Park and the free zoo there. The bus ride back down iconic shopping mecca Michigan Ave. This tour provides excellent tools to make the best of the rest of your time in Chicago.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Suggested by Guide: Meet at the city Target store,1 S. State Street in the historic Sullivan designed building.
Duration: 2 hours 30 min.
Wait times for trains and buses can impact this tour. The addition of water taxi in the summer months would also impact time.
Walking and use of local train and bus.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
20 US $ - I will assist you in securing transit passes for the group based on the needs of the group for the entire trip. $2.25 each way for buses and trains so plan on approx $10/person maximum. Buying a transit card and adding value for the duration of the trip for us to 7 people on one card is often more economical than buying one day passes for each person.
Food & drink options are also available at many sites along the way but should not exceed $15.
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Nancy is very passionate and knowledgeable about Chicago, and the walking tour that we did with her was a highlight of our weekend. She is a very pleasant and enthusiastic person, and she has all kinds of interesting information and insights into the city. The tour was fantastic, and her advice about how to spend the rest of our time in the city turned out to be very helpful.