Chicago Greeters offer Free Guided Walks of Hyde Park Neighborhood

Chicago InstaGreeter – a FREE visitor service that offers one-hour guided neighborhood walks by friendly, knowledgeable volunteers – takes you through the streets of Hyde Park for a perspective only a local can provide, Saturdays through Oct. 8, 10 am to 3 pm.

Residents passionate about Chicago welcome visitors to the community and share insider stories that bring the city’s neighborhoods to life. Beautiful architecture, historic landmarks, cultural institutions and President Obama’s hometown favorites – go beyond downtown and explore some of these Hyde Park gems:

  • Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House, a Prairie Style treasure, and the Gothic Style campus of University of Chicago and Rockefeller Chapel
  • Midway Plaisance and nearby Jackson Park, home to the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition
  • Hyde Park Art Center; Smart Museum; Oriental Institute; and DuSable Museum of African American History
  • The Kenwood home of Barack Obama; local barbershop Hyde Park Hair Salon; and favorite restaurants Valois and Medici on 57th

The guided visits are offered Saturdays, 10am – 3pm, August 8 through Oct. 8.

No pre-registration is needed. Visits are available on a first-come, first-served basis every Saturday.

To meet up, go to the Chicago InstaGreeter Outpost at Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Avenue

Since April 2002, Chicago Greeter has been a resource for both visitors and locals by providing insider orientations during free, informal neighborhood walks. The InstaGreeter program is an offshoot of Chicago Greeter, an “on-the-spot” welcome service that give visitors the opportunity to see the city through guided walks on a first-come, first-served basis without pre-registration. InstaGreeter has launched outposts in Old Town, Pilsen and Hyde Park. There have been over 8,000 Greeter visits and 2,500 InstaGreeter visits to date, servicing visitors from more than 80 different countries. The Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture is dedicated to promoting Chicago as a premier cultural destination to domestic and international leisure travelers and to providing innovative visitor programs and resources. For more information, visit www.ExploreChicago.org.

For more travel features, visit

www.travelwritersmagazine.com/TravelFeaturesSyndicate

www.examiner.com/eclectic-travel-in-national/karen-rubin

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