Free Chicago InstaGreeter Launches Free Pilsen Service May 28

This summer, Chicago visitors can explore the vibrant Pilsen neighborhood through the new Pilsen InstaGreeter Outpost, a free visitor service offered by the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture. Located at the National Museum of Mexican Art (1852 W. 19th Street), the Pilsen InstaGreeter Outpost is the third neighborhood offshoot of the popular Chicago Greeter program. The Hyde Park InstaGreeter Outpost, which launched in the summer of 2009, and the Old Town InstaGreeter Outpost, which launched in the summer of 2010, will also reopen for summer 2011. Outposts will offer free, one-hour guided neighborhood visits by a friendly, knowledgeable volunteer Chicagoan on Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., from May 28 – October 8. The Hyde Park Outpost will be open every Saturday and the Old Town and Pilsen Outposts will go to alternating Saturdays after May 28. Visits are given on a first-come, first-served basis with no pre-registration required.

The neighborhood outposts are Chicago Greeter’s offshoots of the popular InstaGreeter service, which offers visitors the opportunity to see downtown Chicago in an hour with a Greeter leading free walking visits. InstaGreeter is located in the Visitor Information Center at the Chicago Cultural Center (77 E. Randolph Street). InstaGreeters are available year-round on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. InstaGreeter walks are first-come, first-served and are limited to six people or less per walk, no pre-registration required. Also returning this year is the popular Millennium Park Greeter Service. Departing from the Millennium Park Welcome Center (201 E. Randolph Street), tours offer a free 45-minute tour about the art and architecture of the Park. Tours are daily at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. from May 27 – October 10 for up to 10 people, first-come, first-served, no pre-registration required.
InstaGreeter Outposts Summer 2011

From the Pilsen InstaGreeter Outpost at the National Museum of Mexican Art (1852 W. 19th Street), visitors can set out to discover the culturally rich neighborhood that is the heart of Chicago’s Mexican American community. The Museum’s permanent collection traces the artistry of the people of Mexico from pre-Columbian carvings and pottery to the country’s best contemporary artists. In addition to a wealth of restaurants and shops in the neighborhood, a recent influx of galleries has given rise to a bustling Chicago Arts District. It’s all here in Pilsen: architecture, ethnic restaurants, art on the street and in galleries, churches and its own vibe, all in a compact district easily reached by CTA ‘L’ train. The Pilsen InstaGreeter Outpost will be open on May 28; June 11 and 25; July 9 and 23; August 6 and 20; September 3 and 17; and October 1.

The Old Town InstaGreeter Outpost is located at Second City (1616 N. Wells Street), the home to the celebrated improvisational comedy club and training ground of comedians John Belushi, Bill Murray, Tina Fey and Steve Carrell, among many others. The Tony Award-winning Steppenwolf Theatre is also located just a few blocks west, along Halsted Street. Many trendy restaurants, unusual boutiques and one of the nation’s oldest summer art fairs add to the cultural highlights of the neighborhood. The Old Town InstaGreeter Outpost will be open on May 28; June 4 and 18; July 2, 16 and 30; August 13 and 27; September 10 and 24; and October 8.

Located at the Hyde Park Art Center (5020 South Cornell Avenue), the Hyde Park InstaGreeter Outpost is steps away from historic landmarks such as the University of Chicago, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House, the Museum of Science and Industry and the DuSable Museum of African American History, as well as the home of President Barack Obama.

Chicago Greeter

Since April 2002, Chicago Greeter has been a resource for both visitors and locals entertaining visiting family and friends. In September 2003, Chicago Greeter launched its InstaGreeter program, an “on-the-spot” greeter service offering visitors the opportunity to see downtown Chicago in an hour with a Greeter leading free walking visits of the Chicago Loop. There have been over 8,000 Greeter visits and 2,500 InstaGreeter visits to date, servicing visitors from more than 80 different countries. Chicago Greeters provide insider orientations through informal walking tours, which are limited to groups of six or less. Chicago Greeter and InstaGreeter visits originate at the Chicago Cultural Center Visitor Information Center, 77 E. Randolph Street. More information about the Millennium Park Greeter Service; the Pilsen, Old Town and Hyde Park InstaGreeter services; and the Chicago Greeter program can be found at www.ExploreChicago.org.

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