Old Town Walking Tour
Step into the Old Town Triangle, where each structure has a story, from elaborate Queen Anne-style homes to balloon-frame cottages to the iconic St. Michael's Church.
Discover tales of the assortment of residents-early German setters, bohemian, and Buddhists-who have called the neighborhood home.
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History Happy Hour
Sick of the same old after-work grind? Grab your pals and head on over for History Happy Hour! This monthly series features a deluxe spirits or beer tasting plus flash tours highlighting our diverse collection.
General admission is free for Illinois residents on Tuesday evenings; purchase a ticket to History Happy Hour to enhance your experience.
Join us, raise a glass, and learn more about this city you love!
Must be 21+ to purchase a ticket to History Happy Hour. Ticket includes craft beer tasting, tours, and museum admission.
Natalie Moore, WBEZ South Side reporter and author of The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation, moderates this two-part series inspired by Race: Are We So Different? Explore the exhibition and attend the 60-minute discussion followed by a 15-minute Q&A. Continue the conversation at the post-program reception in the North & Clark Café. Cash bar available.
Ride Ravenswood Bike Tour
Pedal through Ravenswood and Lincoln Square with writer and educator Sam Anderson-Ramos. Hear about how this bustling residential area founded in 1868 was once a manufacturing hub for industries such as Abbott Laboratories. Take in murals, tree-lined streets, and cultural spaces, including Dank Haus, Old Town School of Folk Music, and the Lillstreet Art Center. Tour meets in the plaza north of the Western Brown Line stop and runs approximately 2–2.5 hours. Participants must bring their own bike and helmet.
Mabel Mabel Tiger Trainer Film Screening
Mabel Stark was a superstar in the steel arena. She was the world’s first female tiger trainer. Told no WOMAN could train tigers, undaunted, with no training she stepped into the steel arena and worked up an act that included up to 20 tigers. The film uncovers the real story behind the most famous woman of her time as told in her words, from her relatives, her protégés, and today’s female tiger trainers who follow in her footsteps. Q&A with director Leslie Zemeckis to follow 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Graceland Cemetery Tour
Discover the remarkable stories of the Chicago elite buried in this famous cemetery. Featuring beautifully landscaped grounds and grand monuments, these walking tours led by historian Al Walavich reveal the history of the city's growth and its diverse inhabitants.
Above the City Train Tour
Explore the historic buildings and back porches of the North Side Brown Line on the city's most picturesque L line.
Devil in the White City Bus Tour
Inspired by Erik Larson's best-selling book, go back to 1893 to follow the trails of Daniel Burnham and the devilish doings of H.H. Homes.
What The Lady Wants Walking Tour
Professional guide Wendy Bright’s tour of Marshall Field & Company brings together the history of Chicago’s landmark department store.