City offers audio tours of Chicago

Do you know what ingredients it takes to make a real Chicago hotdog or why the"L” goes around the Loop? A new, free Chicago for Kids audio tour and interactive Web site offers a way for kids to learn more about the city and its quirky history.

The Web site takes kids on adventures throughout the city and features eight destinations, plus games and challenges that highlight the culture and history of Chicago.

Before heading out to tour the city, download the audio tour to your MP3 player and take it with you as you explore the Chicago Cultural Center, Michigan Avenue bridge/Tribune Tower, Millennium Park, the"L,” the Picasso sculpture, North Avenue beach, Chicago food and the Garfield Park Conservatory. The audio tour includes interviews with famous Chicagoans and insider views of Chicago, providing answers to questions such as"Why does the Chicago River run backward?” and"How many tons does the‘bean’ in Millennium Park weigh?”

The tour is available in five languages and includes maps and directions for each stop, sound effects and photos. The audio tour can be downloaded at For more information visit or call (877) CHICAGO (244-2246).

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