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Walking ToursJoin us for two-hour walking tours that will give you a more intimate view of Chicago. Tour running time: 90 minutes to two hours.

Meet in front of the Museum, unless otherwise noted.

Glitzy Gold Coast

Saturdays, April 26, May 10 and 17, 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 3, 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 4, 10:00 a.m.

Whisk away to a time when Chicago’s rich and famous caroused on the coast. Learn about our city’s early history—its founders, public art, and architecture.

Saturday, April 26, 10:00 a.m.

Cost: $20, $15 members

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Saturday, May 3, 12:00 p.m.

Cost: $20, $15 members

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Saturday, May 3, 2:00 p.m.

Cost: $20, $15 members

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Sunday, May 4, 10:00 a.m.

Cost: $20, $15 members

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Saturday, May 10, 10:00 a.m.

Cost: $20, $15 members

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Saturday, May 17, 10:00 a.m.

Cost: $20, $15 members

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Old Town Trek

Saturday, May 3, 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.,Saturdays, May 24 and 31, 10:00 a.m., and Sunday, May 4, 10:00 a.m.

From Germans to hippies to yuppies, Old Town has seen an assortment of residents come and go. Spend a morning learning about this neighborhood’s colorful past and vibrant present.

Saturday, May 3, 12:00 p.m.

Cost: $20, $15 members

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Saturday, May 3, 3:00 p.m.

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Sunday, May 4, 10:00 a.m.

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Saturday, May 24, 10:00 a.m.

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Saturday, May 31, 10:00 a.m.

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The Madhouse, the Mayor, and Mary

Saturday, May 3, 2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Explore West Town, one of Chicago's oldest neighborhoods and one-time home of Mary Todd Lincoln, with historian Josh Eisenberg. Listen to stories about politics, sports, harps, and cheezborgers.

Cost: $20, $15 members

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Out in Andersonville

Saturday, May 3, 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Andersonville was settled in the 1850s by Swedish immigrants, but today the area is home to a thriving LGBT community. Join curator Jill Austin as we explore the rich history of one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods.

Cost: $20, $15 members

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Caffeinated Chicago

Saturday, May 3, 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Fuel your caffeine addiction by exploring local cafés with us. Learn about Chicago's buzz-worthy history over coffee. Beverages and food are not included in the ticket price.

Cost: $25, $20 members

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History Puppy Crawl

Saturday, May 3, 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 4, 9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

Hear the tales of historic pups on this two-mile tour that immerses you and your best friend in beautiful Lincoln Park. Visit its numerous gardens, learn about dog-friendly pubs, and more. All humans must be accompanied by a dog and vice versa.

Saturday, May 3

Cost: $25, $20 members

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Sunday, May 4

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Bohemian National Cemetery—After Hours!

Saturday, May 3, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

Spanning 126 acres, Bohemian National Cemetery contains one of the city’s finest collections of funerary art. Explore the grounds after the gates are locked. Meet at the cemetery entrance, 5255 North Pulaski RoadHeadlamps or flashlights are recommended; please bring your own.

Cost: $25, $20 members

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Hot Times in the City

Saturday, May 3, 6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

Follow the path of the Great Chicago Fire through Lincoln Park and its surrounding area. Explore the city's old wooden streets, see the melted souvenirs the fire left behind, and learn how this area was rebuilt in the fire's aftermath.

Cost: $20, $15 members

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Gold Coast Flashlight Tour

Saturday, May 3, 8:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m.

In the evening, the glitzy Gold Coast shines bright. Whisk away to a time when Chicago’s rich and famous caroused on the coast, and learn about our city’s founders, public art, and architecture.

Cost: $20, $15 members

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Garden of the Dead: The History of Lincoln Park’s Elusive Graves

Saturday, May 3, 10:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m.

Chicago’s early dead were trafficked into and out of its first municipal graveyard, the Chicago City Cemetery. Pamela Bannos of the Hidden Truths Project shares stories of grave robbers, improper burials, and the confusion that led to the creation of Lincoln Park.

Cost: $40, $30 members

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Graceland Cemetery

Sundays, May 4 and 18, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Experience the history of Old Chicago as you stroll through one of the country’s most famous cemeteries. Join historian Al Walavich on a tour of the graves of Graceland, including Marshall Field, Louis Sullivan, Potter and Bertha Palmer, and George Pullman. Meet at the cemetery entrance at Irving Park Road and Clark Street.

Sunday, May 4

Cost: $20, $15 members

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Sunday, May 18

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Breaking Bread, Macaroons, and Waffle Cones

Sunday, May 4, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Satisfy your sweet tooth as you explore the changing neighborhood of Devon Avenue through stories and samples from local bakeries. Meet at Devon Street and Western Avenue. Beverages and food are not included in the ticket price.

Cost: $25, $20 members

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Sheffield Stroll

Saturday, May 17, 2:00 p.m.

Come explore the Sheffield/DePaul neighborhood, from its earliest German settlers to today’s well-heeled residents. The neighborhood contains one of the nation’s largest areas of preserved Victorian-era architecture and has served as the backdrop for a number of movies. It was the location of a famous FBI raid and experiments in public transportation. We’ll conclude with
a pint (optional) at a former hangout of John Dillinger, Public Enemy No. 1.Meet in front of the Fullerton L stop.

Saturday, May 17

Cost: $20, $15 members

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*These tours are eligible for a special discount. Purchase tickets for any three tours for only $100! To make a reservation, please call 312.642.4600. This discount is not available online.

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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