Chicago History Minute

In April of 1935, the Illinois State Legislature ruled that it was the duty of a city council to appoint street names. The issue arose over the commemoration of Polish hero Casimir Pulaski.
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Step-on Tours

step-ontoursMonday through Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Explore the city by motor coach with your very own guide.

Must have own motor coach transportation with sound system and seating for guide. Minimum of 20 people per tour.

Cost: Call 312.799.2162 or e-mail us at grouptours@chicagohistory.org.

Duration: 2-3 hours

Best of Chicago

Experience Chicago’s best, including our breathtaking skyline, architectural treasures, Magnificent Mile, theater and financial districts, and Millennium Park. This tour also available in Spanish.

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Chicago’s Jewish Communities

The history of the Chicago Jewish communities began in the 1830s and by 1930 there were almost 300,000 Jews, almost 9 percent of Chicago's population, living in Chicago.  Jewish history is one of arrival, growth, maturation, relocation, and dispersion.  Our tour of the Jewish communities includes various neighborhoods, religious, cultural, and charitable institutions.  Edward Mazur leads this bus tour of sites connected to the Chicago Jewish community. Tours available Sunday through Thursday.

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Chicago’s Ethnic Neighborhoods

Discover the city of neighborhoods and get a flavor for the richness of other cultures from Andersonville to Argyle Street, Chinatown to Greektown, and Little Italy to Lincoln Square, Bronzeville to Hyde Park and Southshore.

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Devil in the White City

Imagine the grandeur of the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 depicted in Erik Larson’s best-selling book as you tour sites from the Midway Plaisance to the Wooded Isle.

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Graceland Cemetery

Uncover old Chicago as you venture through one of the country’s most beautiful cemeteries.

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Chicago Politics

From Lincoln to Obama, Chicago is a hotbed for the presidents, hosting more party conventions than any other city. Politics and controversies at the local city and state levels will also be discussed during the tour.

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Lincoln in Chicago

Follow the Lincoln family’s Chicago tracks, from Abraham’s presidential nomination to Mary Todd’s home and Robert Todd’s work.

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Hot Time in the City– The Great Chicago Fire

Sound the alarm! Blaze through town with a historian, visiting sites related to this amazing story of tragedy and triumph. Please leave all lanterns and cows at home.

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The Great Migration

This Bronzeville – Great Migration tour, led by Gina V. Driskell, will visit places that trail blazers in the African American community called home as well as historic places of worship. The tour will highlight many sites that still remain during all the changes in this neighborhood and include visits to national historic war memorials as well as the place where Louis Armstrong got his start.

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