'L' Tours

L Tours

Explore Chicago’s neighborhoods via its colorful L lines.

Location: All tours meet at the Concierge Desk of the Palmer House Chicago, 17 East Monroe Street.

Cost includes CTA travel.

Reservations and tickets are required. We regret that walk-ups cannot be accepted.

Tour Listing

Green Line West

Sundays, July 27, and August 17, 1:00–3:30 p.m.

This tour affords plenty of heavy-duty industrial and railroad sights, including abandoned factories and active freight lines. You'll step off the train once or twice to visit sites along the way, such as the Garfield Park Conservatory and historic Oak Park.

Sunday, July 27

Cost: $25, $20 members

> Tickets are no longer available.

Sunday, August 17

Cost: $25, $20 members

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Blue Line

Sunday, August 10, 1:00–3:30 p.m.

Long before it made it to O'Hare, the Blue Line connected downtown with the city's western park system. This tour covers the history of the most ambitious of the four original elevated lines. You'll travel over the recently renovated Paulina Connector, explore the Pilsen and Wicker Park neighborhoods, and learn about the development of the subways.

Cost: $25, $20 members

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Green Line South

Sunday, August 10, 1:00–3:30 p.m.

Take a historic trip on Chicago's oldest L line, retracing the development of the city as it grew south. We'll step off the train to walk through the architecturally renowned campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology, learn about neighboring Bronzeville and the Great Migration, and discover where Louis Armstrong got his start.

Cost: $25, $20 members

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Brown Line

Sunday, August 24, 1:00–3:30 p.m.

Explore the historic buildings and back porches of the North Side, taking in the architecture of the business district at Armitage, the German heritage of Lincoln Square, and the tree-lined streets of Ravenswood Manor.

Cost: $25, $20 members

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Refund Policy:
Refunds for a tour will be given in the form of tour credit which can be applied to another tour. Credit will be given with a minimum of two weeks notice prior to the day of the tour. No exceptions.

Weather Hotline:
The Museum maintains a Weather Hotline to provide updates about weather-related delays or cancellation. If you think your program or tour may be affected by inclement weather, please call 312.799.2002 for the most current information about your tour.

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