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 the Glessner House Museum 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 Museum
$25.00 per person, $20.00 for museum members
2018 dates (All Sundays at 2:00pm)
Available by appointment for groups of 4 or more.
Motor Row Walking Tours
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: Motor Row
$15.00 per person, $12.00 for museum members
2018 dates (All Saturdays at 10:00am)