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Chicago Neighborhood Tours include LGBT, Pullman, Bronzeville
From a news release
2012-03-30


Journey downtown and beyond with Chicago Neighborhood Tours, easy and affordable excursions that cover all corners of the city.

From new microbreweries to historic boulevards, modern art to landmark hotels, Chicago Neighborhood Tours has expanded to include even more diverse offerings. This summer, choose from 25 different tours every weekend from June through August, and let an expert local guide the way.

Visit chicagoneighborhoodtours.com or call 312.742.1190 to book any of the Chicago Neighborhood Tours or to reserve a private, customized group tour for 30 or more.

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CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD TOURS — SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS

Beverly

Visit Chicago's historic Irish neighborhood. Marvel at architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright; take a behind-the-scenes look at a 19th century mansion that is now a private home; and see the phenomenal Vanderpoel Collection of American Art.

- Visit the Ingersoll-Blackwelder House, which is normally not open to the public

- View art by Mary Cassatt, Maxfield Parrish and other American masters at Ridge Park Fieldhouse

- See Prairie style landmark buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright and Walter Burley Griffin

Elegant Gold Coast — NEW TOUR

Experience the glitz and glamour of the rich and famous in the Gold Coast — the historic stomping grounds of Chicago's 19th-century elite. See the magnificent architecture of the monumental homes and opulent hotels where well-heeled Chicagoans lived and played.

- Tour the Charnley-Persky House, jointly built by Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright

- Get a private, insider's tour of the landmark Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel

Historic Parks & Boulevards — NEW TOUR

Experience the "City in a Garden" — Chicago's motto. Chicago city planner Daniel Burnham envisioned acres of beautiful green spaces and wide, majestic tree-lined boulevards in his "City Beautiful" movement.

- Visit masterpieces of landscape architecture by Jens Jensen and other legendary designers

- See awe-inspiring field houses, World's Fair relics and other historic landmarks

- Each tour features different parks, so that no two tours are identical

Pullman Historic District

A visit to Pullman is like looking at a snapshot in time. This perfectly preserved neighborhood was a model community designed and engineered for employees of George Pullman's railcar factory. Get a glimpse of this landmark community's fascinating history.

- Learn all about this innovative experimental 19th-century town at the Pullman Visitor Center

- See artifacts and photos from Pullman's heyday at neighborhood landmarks

Taste of Edgewater & Uptown — NEW TOUR

Southeast Asian, Middle Eastern, Swedish, West African — these are just some of the many cultures represented by Edgewater and Uptown's stellar dining scene. Expand your culinary horizons on this globe-trotting food tour through these two exciting North Side neighborhoods.

- Savor authentic cuisines at 2-3 ethnic eateries in Edgewater & Uptown

- Learn about the history of these culturally diverse neighborhoods

- See architectural gems and other landmark buildings in the area

Taste of Albany Park — NEW TOUR

A taste of Albany Park is a taste of the world. Visit one of our nation's most diverse zip codes, discover the rich cultures of the immigrant communities that call Albany Park home, and enjoy authentic ethnic cuisines at several neighborhood eateries.

- Experience authentic cuisine at 2-3 neighborhood restaurants

- Glimpse the area's Swedish heritage at North Park University

- Learn about Southeast Asian culture at the Cambodian American Heritage Museum

CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD TOURS — COMPLETE SCHEDULE, JUNE TO AUGUST

JUNE 2012

Friday, June 1 Art in Transit: CTA Public Art — NEW

Saturday, June 2 Bridgeport

Saturday, June 2 Hops & Barley: Pubs & Micro-breweries — NEW

Friday, June 8 Bucktown, Humboldt Park & Logan Square

Saturday, June 9 Taste of Devon Avenue — NEW

Saturday, June 9 Wicker Park & Ukrainian Village

Thursday, June 14 FIRE! The Great Chicago Fire — NEW

Friday, June 15 Greektown, Chinatown & Little Italy

Saturday, June 16 Out and Proud: LGBT Chicago — NEW

Saturday, June 16 Pullman Historic District

Thursday, June 21 Historic Hotels of Chicago — NEW

Friday, June 22 Elegant Gold Coast — NEW

Saturday, June 23 Honor and Glory: Military Tributes — NEW

Thursday, June 28 Historic Parks & Boulevards — NEW

Friday, June 29 Lincoln Park, Lakeview & Wrigleyville

Saturday, June 30 Hyde Park & Kenwood

JULY 2012

Friday, July 6 Greektown, Chinatown & Little Italy

Saturday, July 7 Rosehill Cemetery

Saturday, July 7 Taste of the Neighborhoods

Thursday, July 12 FIRE! The Great Chicago Fire — NEW

Friday, July 13 Bucktown, Humboldt Park & Logan Square

Saturday, July 14 Beverly

Thursday, July 19 Historic Hotels of Chicago — NEW

Friday, July 20 Elegant Gold Coast — NEW

Saturday, July 21 POLSKA! Chicago's Polish Downtown — NEW

Saturday, July 21 Hops & Barley: Pubs & Micro-breweries — NEW

Thursday, July 26 Historic Parks & Boulevards — NEW

Friday, July 27 Lincoln Park, Lakeview & Wrigleyville

Saturday, July 28 Chicago's Magnificent Churches

Saturday, July 28 The Great Migration: African American Heritage — NEW

AUGUST 2012

Friday, August 3 Greektown, Chinatown & Little Italy

Saturday, August 4 Bridgeport

Saturday, August 4 Out and Proud: LGBT Chicago — NEW

Thursday, August 9 FIRE! The Great Chicago Fire — NEW

Friday, August 10 Bucktown, Humboldt Park & Logan Square

Saturday, August 11 Graceland Cemetery

Saturday, August 11 Taste of Edgewater & Uptown — NEW

Thursday, August 16 Historic Hotels of Chicago — NEW

Friday, August 17 Elegant Gold Coast — NEW

Saturday, August 18 Wicker Park & Ukrainian Village

Saturday, August 18 Hops & Barley: Pubs & Micro-breweries — NEW

Thursday, August 23 Historic Parks & Boulevards — NEW

Friday, August 24 Lincoln Park, Lakeview & Wrigleyville

Saturday, August 25 Pullman Historic District

Saturday, August 25 STRIKE! Chicago Labor History — NEW

Friday, August 31 Art in Transit: CTA Public Art — NEW

Chicago Neighborhood Tours is presented by the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture. All tours are conducted with a guide by motor coach and by foot, and depart from the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph Street. Check-in at 9:30 a.m. ( 10:30 a.m. for Hops & Barley: Pubs & Microbreweries only ) in the main seating area behind the Randolph Street lobby. Tours range from $30-$55. Group rates are available. Early reservations are highly recommended.

Visitor Information Resources

Visitors and residents entertaining out-of-town guests will find helpful trip-planning tools and tips on Chicago's top-ranked travel and tourism website, www.ExploreChicago.org . For daily alerts about things to do and see in Chicago, follow Explore Chicago on Twitter at twitter.com/explorechicago ( COTC's free Twitter Concierge service @explorechicago ) and on Facebook at facebook.com/explorechicago. Discover fun itineraries on the Explore Chicago blog at explorechicagotourism.com and on Foursquare at foursquare.com/explorechicago.

Expert advice and information about the city's events and attractions are also available at the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture's Visitor Information Centers located across from Millennium Park in the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph Street, and at the historic Water Works pumping station, 163 E. Pearson Street at Michigan Avenue.

Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture

The Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture markets Chicago as a premier cultural destination to domestic and international leisure travelers; provides innovative visitor programs and services; and familiarizes visitors and residents with the city's vibrant neighborhoods, cultural attractions and creative industries. The Chicago visitor industry serves 40 million visitors annually, generates $11 billion in direct spending and $616 million in taxes, and sustains 124,000 jobs. For more information, visit www.ExploreChicago.org .

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