Prairie Avenue Walking Tours

Explore the fascinating history of Chicago’s Prairie Avenue on this two-hour walking tour through the neighborhood led by Bill Tyre, Executive Director and Curator of Glessner House and author of Chicago’s Historic Prairie Avenue. The tour will cover 200 years of history, from the Battle of Fort Dearborn through the recent rebirth of the area as Chicago’s hottest residential neighborhood. Visitors will see historic photos of homes that have been lost and walk past the eleven houses that remain in the area. Tours of the John J. ‘Jack’ Simmerling Gallery of Prairie Avenue History and the incredible Arts & Crafts sanctuary of Second Presbyterian Church, featuring nine Tiffany windows, will be included. 

Starting Point: Glessner House

$25.00 per person,  $20.00 for members

Tours have concluded for 2018. Check back early next year for our 2019 dates!

Available by appointment for groups of 4 or more. 

Send us a tour inquiry or call (312) 326-1480 to learn more.
 

Motor Row Walking Tours

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This walking tour down South Michigan Avenue will explore what is considered to be the largest intact early “automobile row” in the U.S.  At its peak in the early 20th century, over 100 different makes of automobiles were being sold in Motor Row.  More than sixty of the original showrooms survive today as the landmark Motor Row District, with examples by architects Holabird & Roche, Alfred Alschuler, Christian Eckstorm, Philip Maher, and Albert Kahn.

Starting Point: Hilton Garden Inn Chicago McCormick Place

$15.00 per person,  $12.00 for members

Tours have concluded for 2018. Check back early next year for our 2019 dates!