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Chicago — By Lisa Davis on March 30, 2010 at 8:11 pm
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Springtime Walking Tours in Chicago

Now that the weather is showing some semblance of spring in Chicago, it’s a great time to get outside and tour the city.

Chicago is one of the more “walkable” destinations in the U.S. From its neighborhoods that have a variety of boutique shops, cozy restaurants and coffee shops, to move glamorous addresses like Michigan Avenue, the Windy City has plenty to offer by foot.

In honor of baseball, which will begin in Chicago in the next couple of weeks, why not take a tour of the city’s famous Cubs ballpark, Wrigley Field (1060 W. Addison St.; map it). Guided tours are 90 minutes and give you a behind-the-scene glimpse into the Friendly Confines. Price is $25. For more information call 773-404-2827.

Explore Chicago’s neighborhoods, including their history, culture and cuisine, with the Chicago Cultural Center (77 E. Randolph St.; map it). Neighborhoods include Little Italy, Ukrainian Village Old Town and more. Tours range from $25 – $50. For more information call 312-742-1190.

If you are a fan of Frank Lloyd Wright then check out the Heart of Oak Park Tour (1010 Lake St., Oak Park; map it). Wright made his home in Oak Park, which is about 20 minutes from downtown Chicago. This self-guided tour includes audio that showcases Oak Park’s vast architectural history, with its Victorian homes and Wright-inspired buildings. Cost is $7 – $10 and is free on Tuesdays. For more information call 708-848-1500.

For nature lovers, there is the free Lincoln Park Conservatory Tour (2391 N. Stockton Dr.; map it) that takes you through the history of the 1890s Victorian glass conservatory and all its wonderful floral collections. After the tour, walk next door to the Lincoln Park Zoo. For more information call 773-883-7275.

If the warmer weather puts you in the mood for a beer, visit the Half Acre Beer Co. (4257 N. Lincoln Ave.; map it; tours are free) and learn about the brewery’s brewing process and history and enjoy samples of its seasonal beers. For more information call 773-248-4038.

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