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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.

Ticket price includes complimentary Museum admission for the day of the walking tour.

Meet in front of the Museum, unless otherwise noted.

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Crime of the Century: Leopold & Loeb and the Murder of Bobby Franks

Saturday, September 20, 2:00–5:00 p.m.

On May 21, 1924, a young boy went missing. The next morning his father received a phone call informing him that his son had been beaten to death. This gruesome and senseless act stained Chicago’s history and still leaves many baffled. Take a tour of Kenwood with Paul Durica, visiting the scene of the crime and other sites connected to the murder of Bobby Franks. Meet at the corner of Forty-Ninth Street and Ellis Avenue.

Cost: $25, $20 members

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Gold Coast

Saturdays, September 20 and 27, and October 18, 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, September 20

Cost: $20, $15 members

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Saturday, September 27

Cost: $20, $15 members

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Saturday, October 18

Cost: $20, $15 members

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History Puppy Crawl

Sunday, September 21, 2:00 p.m., and Saturday, October 18, 10:00 a.m.

Take your four-legged friend on an epic walk! Discover tales of heroic historic pups on this two-mile stroll of beautiful Lincoln Park. Visit its numerous gardens, find out about pup-friendly pubs, and more on this 60–75 minute hound-dog history tour. All humans must have a ticket; K9s must bring their humans and vice versa.

Sunday, September 21, 2:00 p.m.

Cost: $20, $15 members

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Saturday, October 18, 10:00 a.m.

Cost: $20, $15 members

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Old Town

Saturdays, September 27, and October 11, 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, September 27

Cost: $20, $15 members

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Saturday, October 11

Cost: $20, $15 members

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Union Station

Sundays, September 28, October 12, November 9 and 23, 1:00 p.m.

Envisioned by Daniel Burnham in the early 1900s and completed in 1925, Chicago Union Station boasted a Beaux Arts–style waiting room with eighteen Corinthian columns, terra-cotta walls, Tennessee marble floors, and a five-story atrium. Explore the architecture above street level, the action of the rails below, and the stories of one of America’s last grand railway stations. Meet at Union Station, 500 West Jackson Boulevard. Tour running time: 90 minutes to two hours.

Sunday, September 28

Cost: $25, $20 members

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Sunday, October 12

Cost: $25, $20 members

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Sunday, November 9

Cost: $25, $20 members

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Sunday, November 23

Cost: $25, $20 members

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Sheffield Stroll

Saturday, October 11, 2:00 p.m.

Explore the history of the Sheffield/DePaul neighborhood. Stroll past Victorian-era architecture and sites of Hollywood films. Revisit a famous FBI raid and experiments in public transportation. Wrap up with a pint at one of the city’s finest corner establishments. Meet at the street-level entrance
of the Fullerton L stop.

Cost: $20, $15 members

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Cemetery Tours

After Hours at Bohemian National Cemetery

Sundays, October 12 and November 9, 4:00–6:00 p.m.

Spanning 126 acres, Bohemian National Cemetery contains one of the city’s finest collections of funerary art. Explore the grounds with historian Al Walavich after the gates are locked. Bring your own headlamp or flashlight. Meet at the cemetery entrance at 5255 North Pulaski Road.

Sunday, October 12

Cost: $25, $20 members

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Sunday, November 9

Cost: $25, $20 members

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Graceland Cemetery

Saturday, October 25, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. and 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 26,10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. and 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Friday, October 31, 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Experience the history of Old Chicago on a stroll through one of the country’s most famous cemeteries. Historian Al Walavich leads you through the graves of Graceland, including the final resting places of Marshall Field, Louis Sullivan, Potter and Bertha Palmer, and George Pullman. Meet at the cemetery entrance at 4001 North Clark Street.

Saturday, October 25, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Cost: $25, $20 members

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Saturday, October 25, 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Cost: $25, $20 members

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Sunday, October 26,10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Cost: $25, $20 members

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Sunday, October 26, 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Cost: $25, $20 members

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Friday, October 31, 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Cost: $25, $20 members

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

Tuesday, October 28, 8:00–10:00 p.m.

Chicago’s early dead were trafficked into and out of the Chicago City Cemetery, the area’s first municipal graveyard. Pamela Bannos, author of the Hidden Truths project, shares stories of grave robbers, improper burials, and the confusion that led to the creation of Lincoln Park. Before midnight strikes, explore the gone but not forgotten history buried in the Museum’s backyard. Bring your own headlamp or flashlight. Meet at the Museum.

Cost: $40, $30 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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