Want to play tourist in the city, complete with your own tour guide for your family? Sign up for one of the city of Chicago’s Family Adventures and you may find yourself fishing in the Lincoln Park Lagoon, hopping the water taxi in Chinatown, or eating an authentic Mexican lunch in Pilsen.
The Family Adventures are fully guided neighborhood excursions created just for families. For the tours, three to five families join a tour guide at the Chicago Cultural Center downtown, hop on public transportation and explore one of eight different Chicago neighborhoods.
The tours are $12 per person ($10 if you register online and use the promo code KIDS), which includes lunch, transportation and all the activities.
“Our goal was to encourage and provide a way for families to enjoy and discover different areas of the city that they probably are interested in, but might not know how to design a fun itinerary for their families,” says Dorothy Coyle, executive director of the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture.
Hopping on one of the Family Adventure tours lets parents sit back while someone else takes charge of everything from where to go to what to eat. “You just get to enjoy the experience completely and not have to think about what’s next,” Coyle says.
Family Adventures take place every Friday from July 1-Aug. 26, and on Saturdays July 9 and 23, Aug. 6, 20 and 27. They are recommended for children ages 6 and up with an adult. They depart from the Visitor Information Center in the Cultural Center , 77 E. Randolph St. at 9:30 a.m. and return at 2:30 p.m. For more information visit explorechicago.org/summer or call (312) 742-8497.