Chicago Activities, Leisure and Tours
Guided walking tours
- Chicago Greeter: Tours depart from the lobby of the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E Randolph Street.
An original way to discover Chicago. Chicago Greeter is an association of volunteers (volunteers or greeters), who are true Chicagoans in love with their city and eager to make it known. 2 possibilities :
- Either an in-depth guided tour of a neighborhood or a thematic tour (ethnic Chicago, Gay Chicago ...), to be booked at least 10 days in advance via their website or by phone.
- Either a 1 hour ride of the Loop or the Magnificent Mile with a “15:30 pm; FREE). Also organizes tours of Millenium Park, Riverwalk or Uptown from May to October (information online).
Guided bus tours
- Untouchable Tours : 6 tours depending on the day; 1st departure at 11am (9am on Saturday). Off season, limited hours. Duration: 1h45. Price: $ 35; reduc.
8 actors and a historian (who wrote the script for the tour) take you in the footsteps of Al Capone, in a bus that looks more like a theater on wheels than a real vehicle. The guides are disguised as gangsters and, submachine gun in hand, tell you the secret stories of the town of Al Capone and identify the streets to avoid to stay alive.
- Chicago Trolley & 19pm (last de30mn. Ticket purchase either on the Internet or at one of the stops. Price: $ 42 for a 24-hour ticket for a Downtown Tour (2nd day included). Night Tour in season.
Walk through the city around the main sites, in a red trolley or in a double deck in summer. Stops at Skydeck Chicago, Millennium Park, Art Institute, Field Museum, Navy Pier, Hancock Center ... Allow 2 hours of journey, commented by the driver (only in American). You can stop at each station and take the next bus.
- Ravinia Festival : of September. C & rsquo Chicago Blues Festival : mid-June, over 3 days, in Millenium Park and Grant Park. The world's largest free blues festival. 500 spectators each year Grant Park Music Festival : from June to August in the Old Town Art Fair : a weekend in June. Between 1900 N Lincoln Ave and 1800 N Orleans Ave. Outdoor art fair.
- Taste of Chicago : mid-July. In Grant Park. C & rsquo Chicago SummerDance: Thu-Sun end of June-Aug Lollapalooza : 4 days of Chicago Jazz Festival : end of August World Music Festival: mid-September, over 10 days. Free. Numerous artists and groups from all over the world perform in January. It would have been 31 December: fireworks and lighting from the Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park.
Very many displays, practically every minority has its own. Here are the main ones:
- Chinese New Year Parade: in Fé Saint Patrick & rsquomars, in the Loop, on Columbus Dr (between Balbo and Monroe). C & rsquo Chicago & rsquo LGBT Pride Parade : the last Sunday in June, on Halsted and Belmont.
- Bud Billiken Parade: the 2nd Saturday in United States. A vé Mexican Independence Day Parade : of Von Steuben Day Parade: d Magnificent Mile Lights Festival : mid-November, on Michigan Ave, from Oak Street to Wacker. It's also the Tree Lighting party, where the trees are lit up.
Attend a sporting event
To attend there come when there are matches! Hence this little reminder of the seasons of the main Chicago teams.
- The Chicago Bulls: fondepeat). And this is the year that Michael Jordan chooses to end his extraordinary career. Home games are played at the United Center, 1901 West Madison Street.
Ice hockey: October-April
- The Chicago Blackhawks.
- The Chicago Cubs: Supported by the people of North Side. C & rsquoUnis (1876). She plays at Wrigley Field. Many sports bars around it, for lovers of a big atmosphere.
- The Chicago White Sox: United. In 1919, wine in é35th).
- The Chicago Bears: at Soldier Field, south of Grant Park. Nine-time winner of the NFL, the ancestor of the Super Bowl, the team has only won the latter once, in 9.
Where to have a drink and go out in Chicago?
To refine your research, we recommend consult the website of the following local newspapers : the Reader, the New City or even Key, This Week in Chicago.
Good news, Chicago's music scene is really vibrant and the city is full of places to put your ears down at very democratic prices, in a friendly atmosphere, not stuck for 2 cents.
Chicago clubs are also quite affordable, sometimes even free. Bad news, on the other hand, for the youngest: entry is often prohibited for those under 21.
Where to listen to jazz and good blues in Chicago?
It is often said that New Orleans is the capital of jazz, and Chicago, that of the blues. It is true. Nevertheless, it was in Chicago that jazz was really baptized. Indeed, in 1917, when the authorities closed the red light district of Storyville (New Orleans), musicians now unemployed decided to migrate to Chicago.
Most of the legendary clubs of the 1920s, which were originally located on the South Side and West Side, have now disappeared and activity has shifted to the center and north of the city.
- Hot Tix sells unsold tickets for concerts, theaters, operas, up to 50% of the price on the day of the performance. Online or Hot Tix ticket sales.