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Whether you are visiting Chicago for the first time or have lived here your entire life, discover something new about the city's exciting and diverse communities with Chicago Neighborhood Tours, a division of the Chicago Office of Tourism.  These affordable half-day bus excursions highlight the history, stories, traditions, and most importantly, the people of Chicago. 


The 2008 season of Chicago Neighborhood Tours begins January 26 and continues year-round through November.  All tours depart by motorcoach from the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 East Randolph Street at Michigan Avenue, and include some walking throughout the day's activities.  With Neighborhood Tours that visit Chicago's diverse communities, Special Interest Tours that explore special Chicago themes and historical events, and Summertime Sampler Tours that combine brief visits of several Chicago neighborhoods, the Chicago Neighborhood Tours calendar offers more in-depth perspective on the city's neighborhoods and cultural offerings. New for 2008, special Chicago Public Art Tours highlight the city's public art collection and show why the city is considered an "open-air museum."  The 2008 schedule of all these tours is attached.


Neighborhood Tours offer an insider's look at Chicago's diverse communities.  With local residents as tour guides, each tour takes visitors off the beaten path and into the heart of these unique locales.  Returning Neighborhood Tour favorites include Devon Avenue, Historic Bronzeville, Hyde Park & Kenwood, Little Italy, Pilsen & Little Village, Pullman Historic District, South Shore Neighborhoods, and Wicker Park & Bucktown.  New this year, tours will visit Beautiful Beverly and Garfield Park & Beyond.


Whether architecture, culture, history, or food, the popular Special Interest Tours venture into the sites and stories of Chicago's famous and infamous.  The very popular Chicago's Magnificent Churches, Great Cemeteries of Chicago, and Taste of the Neighborhoods all return this year.  Led by historians and field experts, other Special Interest Tours explore the Great Chicago Fire, Literary Chicago, and the history of Greek, Polish and Irish culture in Chicago. Also back is the very popular White City Tour, which visits the original site of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition..


Summertime Sampler Tours combine the charms and histories of three diverse neighborhoods.  Each Thursday between May 29 and August 28, the three-hour tour will visit three of our most popular destinations - Greek Town, Chinatown, & Little Italy.  On Tuesdays, the tours will rotate among trips to Humboldt Park, Wicker Park, & Ukrainian Village; Little Italy, Pilsen, & Little Village; and Uptown, Andersonville, & Lincoln Square.


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