Dwight H. Perkins, prairie school architect, has a number of relevant buildings located throughout Chicago, yet has traveled under the historical-radar. His most famous buildings are located in the Lincoln Park Zoo and offer an opportunity to learn more about the oldest public zoo in North America.
We are offering a third off tour tickets THIS WEEKEND ONLY for our multimedia tour by bus, entitled “Our Chicago Sound: Jazz, Blues & Beyond.” The deal celebrates the magic of three: jazz trios, thirds in blues, and the fact that this is the new tour […]
Chicagoans associate Indiana with Gary, and its steel mills, unemployment, and factory landscape. Few are aware of the nearby community of Miller Beach, surrounded by the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. (Little fact: Only four parks have the designation of “National Lakeshore” and all of them are […]
I knew a few things about Louis Sullivan before exploring the Chicago Cultural Center’s exhibit, “Louis Sullivan’ s Idea.” I knew vaguely that Sullivan was a philosophical force behind the Chicago School of architecture. I also knew that the phrase “form should follow function” would be […]
To celebrate the summer launch of the “Good Times Around Michigan Ave” interactive walking tour, we are having a photo contest! Thirty lucky winners will receive free walking tours-for-two (choice of 10:00am, 1:30pm, and 4:30pm) on Friday, April 29th. To receive the tour, normally $26 ($52 […]
It was a surprise for both Oprah Winfrey and me. I had been looking to bring on one more guide to fill in our busy schedule of walking tours, and the new “Our Chicago Sound: Jazz Blues and Beyond” music history tour by bus. Yesterday, after […]
Last week I attended the “Illinois Governor’s Conference on Tourism.” I won’t get into the specifics of travel industry talk, but I thought I’d share some aspects that might be of interest to those of us who travel, or live in places where travelers come. And […]
I’ve always wondered what goes on in those exclusive clubs downtown. Have you ever noticed them? Their closed doors make it easy to just walk right by. I had the unexpected opportunity the other day to find out for myself at the University Club, a 124-year-old […]
Answers to tour Chicago architecture questions and more: What kind of stone is Chase made of? Well, I knew it was granite, but what kind of granite was the question. Pearl Gray Granite. Where did it come from? A tour guest who worked on the building […]
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