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Signature City Chicago

Program No. 2818RJ
We’ve packed the best of Chicago into five unforgettable days. Join world-class experts at renowned museums, historic parks, iconic skyscrapers and more!

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At a Glance

If you have always wanted to experience Chicago, but didn’t know where to start, you’ve come to the right place. This introduction to the “Windy City” is brimming with expert-led visits to Chicago’s gems. Discover glittering skyscrapers, fine dining, revitalized lakefront, a diverse cultural scene, celebrated museums and the tony Magnificent Mile on an exceptional adventure that draws back the curtain on Chicagoans and “their kind of town.”
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to three miles per day, getting on and off the coach multiple times per day.

What You'll Learn

  • Examine Chicago’s growth on a expert-led field trip through the city’s diverse neighborhoods.
  • Experience the city’s Millennium Park and visit the Field Museum.
  • Explore the Chicago River and learn how Chicago grew from a settlement into one of the world's largest cities.

General Notes

You may enjoy a program with more free time to explore Chicago on your own in the "Winding Through the Windy City: Art & Architecture in Chicago" (#21908).
Featured Expert
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Brian Murray
Brian Murray is a graphic artist and educator based in Chicago for over two decades. Combining his local experience with his passion for art history and community organizing, Brian leads thought-provoking explorations of the art forms that adorn the walls of the city and the various perceptions and historical contexts around them.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Aurora Cruz Nelson View biography
Aurora Cruz Nelson is a seasoned world traveler and infinite life learner. She strives to ensure that others are positively impacted by their travel; her experience has given her a global perspective that she wants to share. She is motivated by her dedication to quality life for all. Aurora has held positions in education, nonprofits, and travel sectors. Her strengths include creativity, curiosity, and gratitude. Her favorite person is her teenage son, who she took on a six-country gap year.
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Mandy Piotroski View biography
Mandy Piotroski is a Chicago native with a passion for history, both mundane and bizarre. Having grown up in the city, she now splits her time between Chicago and Milwaukee, primarily doing museum and local walking expeditions. She is certified in D.C. and New York City, is a certified International Tour Manager through IGA in Denver, and has written a variety of walking programs for Chicago, ranging from art history to women's history to city history.
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Brian Murray View biography
Brian Murray is a graphic artist and educator based in Chicago for over two decades. Combining his local experience with his passion for art history and community organizing, Brian leads thought-provoking explorations of the art forms that adorn the walls of the city and the various perceptions and historical contexts around them.
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Zbigniew Banas View biography
Zbigniew Banas has been a resident of Chicago since 1976. He is currently an instructor at Loyola University in the department of modern languages and literature. He is also a radio host and reporter with WPNA and WEUR. He received his B.A. from the University of Chicago and his M.S. from Brown University. He has been involved with Road Scholar for over 15 years.
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Bernard Turner View biography
Bernard Turner is executive director of the Bronzeville-Black Metropolis National Heritage Area focused on preserving the history and culture of his community. Author of several books about Chicago and African American History, including A New View of Bronzeville and Tate and His Historic Dream, Bernard conducts citywide and neighborhood explorations and has volunteered at the Chicago History Museum since 2000. Bernard taught German and Spanish in the Chicago area for several years before beginning a career in educational publishing in sales, sales management, and marketing.
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