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Chicago Greeter

The free Chicago Greeter visits 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 visit with a friendly local, join a fast and flexible walk of downtown, or explore on your own with self-guided tours.

Chicago Greeter visits

Chicago Greeter visits

These personalized visits 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 immersive visits are conducted in over a dozen languages.

Chicago Greeter visits are:

  • Completely free of charge
  • Typically last two to four hours
  • Led by a friendly local Greeter
  • Can accommodate up to six guests

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Greeter neighborhood pop-ups

Greeter neighborhood pop-ups

This summer, Chicago Greeter will host pop-up walks in neighborhoods across the city. Discover the culture, cuisine, and history of Chicago’s vibrant neighborhoods at these fast and free pop-ups! Check Chicago Greeter for meeting times and locations.

  • June 17: Humboldt Park
  • June 17: Logan Square
  • June 24: Bronzeville
  • June 24: Hyde Park
  • July 8: Lakeview/Northalsted
  • July 8: Town Square
  • July 15: Chatham
  • July 22: Uptown
  • July 22: Pilsen
  • July 29: South Loop
  • July 29: Buena Park
  • Aug. 5: Chinatown

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InstaGreeter downtown walks

InstaGreeter downtown walks

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

  • InstaGreeter walks of the Loop begin at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Chicago Cultural Center (77 E. Randolph St.).
  • InstaGreeter walks of the Chicago Riverwalk depart at 11:30 a.m every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (Memorial Day through Labor Day) from the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum.

Check out the InstaGreeter schedule for more details, including neighborhood pop-up.

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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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