The stops on our Chicago Neighborhood Tours are:
- Buck Town/Wicker Park – Wicker Park seamlessly melds into Bucktown and its gentrified neighbor to the North. The neighborhood got its name at the turn of the last century when many immigrant families kept goats in their front yards. The area now has trendy galleries, night clubs, storefronts, theaters, coffeehouses and restaurants centered around the intersection of Milwaukee, Damen and North Avenues. All create a vibrant atmosphere.
- Chinatown – An area crowded with authentic restaurants, tiny shops and the Chinese – American Museum. The hub of Chinatown is at Wentworth Avenue and Cermak Road just five minutes west of the lakefront and McCormick Place Convention Center.
- Gold Coast – he Gold Coast is one of the most affluent neighborhoods in the nation. Astor Street is noteworthy for being populated with historically significant mansions. A high-end shopping destination, Oak Street is lined with world-class designer boutiques while the night life in the area boasts numerous spots on Division and State.
- Greektown – Just west of the Loop, the city’s Greektown is centered around Halsted St. between Jackson Boulevard and Washington. The area is most active at night.
- Lakeview/Wrigleyville – Just North of Lincoln Park this neighborhood has night clubs and eateries from store front Italian restaurants to Ethiopian fare. The Northern section of Lakeview is Wrigleyville, named for its famous historic resident Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs. Within Lakeview is also an area known as Boystown where there are LGBT bars and shops. At the Graceland Cemetery, many Chicago legends are buried, including retail Mogul Marshall Field and architect Louis Sullivan.
- Lincoln Park – One of the most popular and populous neighborhoods in Chicago, this mostly gentrified area combines tranquil residential blocks with very active commercial streets. The area is rich in cultural attractions, from the Chicago History Museum and the Fire, Lincoln Park Zoo, Conservatory and the Peggy Notebart Nature Museum.
- The Loop – The Loop earned its name back in the late 1900’s from the strands powering cable cars that turned around on a pulley in the center of the city where the elevated (“EL”) trains run today. In this area of Chicago you will find various business, political and cultural institutions. Also, there are many shops, restaurants, theaters, and Millennium and Grant Park which is the home of the Buckingham Fountain.
- Old Town – Some of the streets in this Landmark Historic District are still paved with cobblestones and lined with Victorian homes and antique street lights. Old Town Commercial Center features a variety of specialty shops and restaurants. Also, Old Town is home of the famed Second City Improvisational Theater where John Belushi and Bill Murray got their start.
- Streeterville – Located within the Magnificent Mile, this area is one of the city’s wealthiest neighborhoods. It started as a shantytown in 1889 when squatter George Wellington Streeter docked his boat on a sandbar where the John Hancock Center stands now. This area is now home to the newly renovated Navy Pier, which features the Imax Theater, The Chicago Children’s Museum, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, a Ferris Wheel and an old fashioned carousel.
- Uptown – To the Southeast of Andersonville is Uptown, a major entertainment district in the early 1900’s. Home to early film production house Essanay studios, the now – shuttered 4,500 seat Uptown Theater was once the city’s largest movie palace. This area has famed clubs like the Aragon Ball Room, the Riviera and the legendary Green Mill, a favorite hangout of Al Capone.