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Chicago Greeter

The free Chicago Greeter tours are led by friendly locals who will guide you through authentic Chicago — its fascinating histories, diverse cultural traditions, iconic landmarks, and off-the-beaten-path gems.

Chicago Greeter offers a variety of ways to explore the city: register for a customized neighborhood tour with a friendly local, join a fast and flexible tour of downtown, or explore on your own with self-guided walks.

Chicago Greeter celebrates 20 years

Chicago Greeter celebrates 20 years

This summer, Chicago Greeter will be celebrating its 20th anniversary with a pop-up InstaGreeter series that will feature walks across the city. These free tours will run on Saturdays from May through August.

Check out the tour schedule below:

DateTimeMeeting locationNeighborhood
July 3011:30 a.m.Chinatown LibraryChinatown
Aug. 311:00 a.m.Columbus Bridge PlazaChicago Riverwalk with special guest  Adrienne Bankert
Aug. 611:30 am.National Museum of Puerto Rican Art and CultureHumboldt Park
Aug. 115:30 p.m.Argyle night marketUptown

In-person Greeter tours

In-person Greeter tours

These personalized tours offer a deep dive into the Chicago neighborhood of your choice, led by a friendly local. A recipient of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence, these two to four hour tours are conducted in over a dozen languages.

Chicago Greeter and Choose Chicago are committed to providing a safe experience for its volunteers and visitors. Our tours will be operating with the following safety precautions:

  • Guests and tour guides must wear masks at all times during the tour.
  • Tour groups must be six guests or less.

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InstaGreeter downtown tours

InstaGreeter downtown tours

Looking for a quick and easy tour of downtown Chicago’s top sights? Let InstaGreeter take you on a free hour-long guided walk, without the need to register in advance.

Tours begin at 11:30 a.m. every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Chicago Cultural Center Welcome Center (77 E. Randolph St.).

Tours also depart at 11:30 a.m every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (Memorial Day through Labor Day) from the Chicago Riverwalk. Tours meet at Columbus Plaza, east of Michigan Avenue bridge.

Have questions about InstaGreeter visits? View our InstaGreeter FAQs.

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Volunteer as a Chicago Greeter

Volunteer as a Chicago Greeter

Love Chicago? Want to show visitors from all around the world your favorite spots in your favorite neighborhoods? Volunteer as a Chicago Greeter. No additional experience is necessary; all you need is a passion for Chicago and knowledge of all it has to offer. You can even customize your visits to your specific interests.

Have questions about becoming a Chicago Greeter? View our Volunteer FAQs.

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Self-guided Greeter tours

Presented by Bank of America

Explore Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods at your own pace with these self-guided Chicago Greeter tours, presented by Bank of America. These walking tours have been curated by expert locals to showcase each neighborhood’s unique history, culture, and hidden gems.


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