Garfield Park: June 25, Aug. 13
Bronzeville: July 2 and 16
Pilsen: July 9, Aug. 6
Hyde Park: July 23, Aug. 20
Lincoln Park: July 30, Aug. 27
Jackson Park: Aug. 28
To book a tour, call (312) 742-8497 or go online at www.explorechicago.org. And don't
forget to use the code word KIDS when booking online for $10 off
Liz Hoffman tagged along a Family Adventure Tour of
Bronzeville/Bridgeport on July 2. Click below to see the day's map
and details of each stop, or click here for an audio slideshow and
You don't have to do any driving, someone else makes the picnic
lunch and a guide entertains both you and your kids. Oh, and do
this all for less than $50 for a family of four, including
Family Adventure Days, which take place on Fridays from June
25-Aug. 27, and on Saturday, Aug. 28, let families choose from
tours that visit six different Chicago neighborhoods. At $12 per
person ($10 if you use the code word KIDS when booking online),
your family will ride public transportation to places like
Bronzeville and tour interesting Chicago locations, plus enjoy a
boxed picnic lunch at a scenic city spot.
Liz Hoffman tagged along a July 2 tour of Bronzeville
and Bridgeport. Click here for an interactive map or
watch the audio slideshow below to see highlights from the
Family Adventure Days: Bronzeville/Bridgeport Neighborhood Tour
in a larger map
"It's a very special, extreme service experience. All the
planning is done; you get to go along for the ride and enjoy the
trip," says Dorothy Coyle, director of the Chicago Office of
Tours run from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and reservations are
required. Book early since tours fill up. The trips are best for
kids 6 and up, with things even older kids will enjoy, Coyle
The Frauenheim family came down from Holland, Mich. for the July
2 Bronzeville tour. Though they come to the city fairly often, says
dad Bill, the tour was a chance to see a side of Chicago most
tourists don't get to.
"We know the city but kind of do the same things every time," he
says. "It was exactly what we had hoped, just a nice, fresh look at
the city in an area we probably otherwise wouldn't have come
In addition to the tours, the city is also offering free Chicago
Greeters for July. The greeter service pairs a knowledgeable tour
guide with your family for a customized tour. Register for the
greeter service online at chicago greeter.com.
Liz DeCarlo is the former senior editor at Chicago Parent.
See more of Liz's stories here.
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