This Weekend: 5 Great Walks in Chicago

Don’t let your weekend blow by. This Saturday or Sunday, go for a breezy stroll in the Windy City, seeing a new side of the city on a narrated walking adventure with a knowledgeable SideTour host.

Gold Coast Architecture Walk Spend your Saturday morning walking among the rich and famous of Chicago’s Gold Coast. You’ll learn how this former swampland became the home of some of the finest residences in the city, and get a truly inside look at how the other half live, with exclusive access to private homes not usually open to the public.

Riverwalk History Most famous to outsiders for its green dye job on St. Patrick’s Day, the Chicago River is the lifeblood of this vibrant town. On this Saturday walk, hear how the waterway drew commerce, architectural development and the interesting characters that followed the flow of money. But this is no overview. Even lifelong residents will come away with new knowledge.

Chinatown Walk For a lot of folks, the only time they spend in Armour Square is inside Comiskey Park. While cheering on the Sox is a worthy way to spend an afternoon, this Sunday’s walk through Chicago’s Chinatown will give you a whole new perspective on the hood and its residents. Along the way, you’ll absorb the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of this century-old Chinese enclave.

Graceland Cemetery Walk On Sunday afternoon, witness long-passed famous Chicagoans brought back to life on this walk-and-talk through the “Cemetery of Architects.” As you view the stunning landscaping, you’ll hear all about Marshall Field, Cyrus McCormick, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and other Chicago greats who found their final resting place here.

Downtown Public Art Walk To the casual observer, the lower Loop appears to be a typical commercial center full of soaring skyscrapers and bustling 9-to-5ers. This Sunday, when the suits have vacated, come see the artistic side of the financial district on a fascinating public art tour. You’ll marvel at the works of Calder, Picasso, Chagall and others, all hidden in plain sight.

For more great ways to walk, wander, explore and eat your way through Chicago, check out other upcoming SideTours. 

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