Ferndale Tours

  • The best tour in Ferndale: Chicago Architecture Foundation

    Chicago Architecture Foundation

    224 S Michigan Ave
    Runs numerous river cruises and themed architecture walks covering the Loop and other parts of the city, with offerings suitable for general audiences and people with specific interests. There are some small, informative exhibits inside their 224 S Michigan headquarters and a gift shop. Walking tours are usually $15, $12 for students/seniors.
    Loop food nearby
  • Chicago History Museum

    Chicago History Museum

    1601 N Clark St
    M-W noon-8PM, Th-Sa 9:30AM-4:30PM, Su noon-5PM. $5 adult, $1 children; Free on select days. A creative urban history museum. Exhibits include The Pioneer, the first railroad locomotive to operate in Chicago, and the bed upon which Abraham Lincoln died; more fun for kids is the Chicago-style Hot Dog showcase, which supplies all the giant plastic ingredients you'll need to turn yourself (or your little brother) into a life-sized hot dog (no ketchup, of course). They also host regular tours of different CTA lines and walking tours of Lincoln Park and Old Town.
    Lincoln Park eat nearby
  • Wrigley Field Tours

    Wrigley Field Tours

    1060 W Addison St
    Tickets can be as low as $8 for 'value dates', but the prize seats in the bleachers are usually $32, and certain dates wind up in scalpers' hands long before regular folks get a shot at them. 'Associations' host 'guests' on the rooftops around Wrigley, usually with unlimited beer and burgers, for upwards of $100. Ernie Banks, Harry Caray, that damned billy goat, and the 1908 champs; yes, this is the home of the Chicago Cubs, the North Side's beloved, diabolically unsuccessful baseball team. Among ballparks, only Fenway in Boston can match the old-time beauty of Wrigley and its famous ivy-covered walls. If you'd like to see Wrigley without attending a game, tours [1] are occasionally offered ($25).
    Lake View restaurants nearby
  • Open House Chicago

    Open House Chicago

    224 S Michigan Ave
    Runs numerous river cruises and themed architecture walks covering the Loop and other parts of the city, with offerings suitable for general audiences and people with specific interests. There are some small, informative exhibits inside their 224 S Michigan headquarters and a gift shop. Walking tours are usually $15, $12 for students/seniors.
    Loop food nearby
  • Rentschler Farm

    1265 E Michigan Avenue
    Open 11AM-3PM on Saturdays, and by appointment, between mid-May to mid-October. A frame house and 11 outbuildings from 1901, used as a working farm until 1998. Tours of the farmhouse and outbuildings, live animals on the farmstead.
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  • Artrain USA

    1100 N Main Street
    Check the website to see if the Artrain will be in town during your visit. A traveling art museum, housed in vintage rail cars, that tours the nation but is based in Ann Arbor. Each exhibition tours the country for three to four years, offering creative partnerships with local artists at each stop along the tour.
    restaurants nearby
  • Hell Canoe and Kayak Rental

    4045 Patterson Lake Road
    Open May through October. Rental for canoes, kayaks and fishing boats, which can be used in the surrounding Pinckney Recreation Area. Tours available.
    food nearby
  • Cobblestone Farm Museum

    2781 Packard Street
    Tours offered 10AM-1PM on the last Saturday of the month, beginning in May. On-site gift shop open during tours or by appointment. $2. An 1845 two-family home, notable for its façade made of cobblestones in herringbone rows, now restored and interpreted to give a view of past rural life in Washtenaw County.
    eat nearby
  • Marina City

    300 N State St
    M-F 9AM-5PM, Sa 10AM-2PM. No tours available, unless you're cheeky enough to fill out a fake rental application (24 hours in advance), but these iconic twin buildings are worth a photo. (You might recognize them from the cover of Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, among many others.) Designed to be "a city within a city," they include a wildly overpriced bowling alley and the House of Blues (see Drink below). If you like Marina City, be sure to visit the South Loop for two more of architect Bertrand Goldberg's corncob structures.
    Loop restaurants nearby
  • Waterloo Farm Museum

    9998 Waterloo-Munith Road
    Tours scheduled from early June to early September. Features exhibits on 19th-century farm life. Special events include Log Cabin Day in late-June, Pioneer Day in mid-October, and Christmas on the Farm in early December. On-site gift shop. Admission $3.
    food nearby
  • Zoo Sight

    Domino's Petting Farm

    24 Frank Lloyd Wright Drive
    M-F 9:30AM-4PM, Sa-Su 10:30AM-5PM. $5 adults, $4.50 children and seniors. 15 acres of land with farm animals from around the world, including rare and near-extinct species, like the French Poitou donkey (only 200 reportedly in existence), African watusi cow, Horned Dorset ram, and Tibetan yak. The barn was once part of a working 1925-era farm, but was opened as a petting zoo in 1984. Tours, hay rides and educational presentations available.
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  • Chicago Theater

    175 N State St
    Box office M-F noon-6PM. Generally $27.50 and up. Tours available Apr-Sep Tu,Th noon and Oct-March Tu noon, also the third Sa of every month at 11AM,noon; $5. An old Balaban & Katz movie palace, refurbished as one of the city's premier performance venues. It hosts a wide range of events, from spoken word and stand-up comedy to jazz, gospel, and rock. Most people, however, know it for the iconic marquee out front.
    Loop restaurants nearby
  • Federal Reserve Bank Money Museum

    Federal Reserve Bank Money Museum

    230 S LaSalle St
    M-F 8:30AM-5PM, except bank holidays. Free. Currency wonks can study various denominations and practice counterfeit detections. Guided tours every day at 1PM.
    Loop food nearby
  • Chicago History Museum

    Chicago History Museum

    1601 N Clark St
    M-W noon-8PM, Th-Sa 9:30AM-4:30PM, Su noon-5PM. $5 adult, $1 children; Free on select days. A creative urban history museum. Exhibits include The Pioneer, the first railroad locomotive to operate in Chicago, and the bed upon which Abraham Lincoln died; more fun for kids is the Chicago-style Hot Dog showcase, which supplies all the giant plastic ingredients you'll need to turn yourself (or your little brother) into a life-sized hot dog (no ketchup, of course). They also host regular tours of different CTA lines and walking tours of Lincoln Park and Old Town.
    Lincoln Park eat nearby
  • Kempf House

    Kempf House

    312 S Division Street
    Tours offered 1PM-4PM on Sundays, September through December and March through June, or by appointment. $1. A restored Greek Revival house museum from 1853; once home to Reuben and Pauline Kempf, prominent Ann Arbor musicians, now offering guided tours and a glimpse into Victorian life in Ann Arbor.
    restaurants nearby
  • Saint Ignatius College Prep

    1076 W Roosevelt Rd
    Free, though you might call ahead if school is in session. Opened in 1869, two years prior to the Chicago Fire, this impressive building is still a working high school. No tours are offered of the interior, but pieces of famous Chicago buildings from the past have been installed around the campus, including murals from the old Chicago Stadium and intriguing ornament from lost Adler & Sullivan and Burnham & Root masterworks. (Next door, Holy Family Church dates from 1857.)
    Near West Side food nearby
  • National First Ladies' Library

    205 & 331 Market Ave. S
    $7/6/5 (Adults/Seniors/Children). The Victorian family home of US Presidential First Lady Ida Saxton McKinley now serves as an educational center on the subject of contributions by the wives of US Presidents and other women with significant roles in historical US politics. Call ahead for tour reservations.
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  • Willie Dixon's Blues Heaven Foundation

    2120 S Michigan Ave
    A major blues hotspot where Muddy Waters, Ahmad Jamal, Chuck Berry, Aretha Franklin, Bo Diddley, Etta James, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Ramsey Lewis, and many other greats recorded during Chicago's bluesiest period. The Rolling Stones also recorded here, paying tribute in their instrumental "2120 S Michigan Avenue." Public tours.
    Near South Side restaurants nearby
  • River City

    800 S Wells St
    Another Bertrand Goldberg corncob project, whose riverside location offers great views and frequently flooded basements. They're condominiums, so pretend to be interested in buying one if you'd like a free tour.
    Loop food nearby
  • Chelsea Milling Company

    201 W North Street
    Tours scheduled 9AM-1:30PM Monday through Friday. Manufacturers of "Jiffy" Mix instant baking mixes.
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  • Chicago Chinese Cultural Institute

    2145 S China Pl, 2F
    Offers an assortment of services and events, such as: neighborhood tours, film screenings, language instruction, and cooking classes.
    Armour Square restaurants nearby
  • Second Presbyterian Church

    Second Presbyterian Church

    1936 S Michigan Ave
    Worship Su 11AM, free tours Su 12:15PM and W 2PM. Windows designed by Louis Tiffany and other stained-glass masters for a proudly diverse congregation.
    Near South Side food nearby
  • Chicago Board of Trade Visitor Center

    141 W Jackson Blvd, 1F
    This monumental 1930 building is an Art Deco masterpiece and dominates its surrounding streets like no other in the Loop. The new Visitors Center features high-tech displays and historical artifacts on the history of financial trading. Sadly, the more exciting 5th floor observation deck, which lets you watch the frenzied action on the trading floor, is only open to group tours that have applied in advance.
    Loop eat nearby
  • Elks National Veterans Memorial

    Elks National Veterans Memorial

    2750 n Lakeview Ave
    M-F 9AM-5PM; also Sa-Su 10AM-5PM from 15 Apr-15 Nov. Free admission and tours. This neoclassical veterans memorial is truly grand. Its interior is an extravagant ensemble of marble, bronze sculptures, stained glass, and huge murals.
    Lincoln Park restaurants nearby
  • The Clarke House Museum

    1827 S Indiana Ave
    $10 adults, $9 students/senior, $5 children; add $5 to visit the Glessner House as well. Wednesdays free. Built in 1836, this unassuming little white house is the oldest surviving structure in Chicago. Tours are available through the Glessner House, but it's free to walk around the lovely Women's Park & Gardens that surround it.
    Near South Side food nearby
  • Soldier Field

    Soldier Field

    1410 S Museum Campus DrGate 14
    Home of the Chicago Bears. [1] If you'd like to see a Bears game, then you have something in common with many Chicagoans; there's no point in listing ticket prices, because they sell out long before the season starts. The original Soldier Field was built in 1924 to honor veterans of the First World War, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. By 2002, the stadium was in dire need of renovations, and the Bears promised to preserve the majestic colonnades of the old stadium. However, when the renovations were complete, what appeared to be a giant spaceship had landed at mid-field. The amenities have improved, and it really is a nice facility...on the inside. On the outside, it's hard to say what it is, other than probably the strangest-looking sports arena in America. (It's not a Historic Place any more, having been stripped of that designation in 2006.) Tours are available during the week, M-F 9AM-5PM, by phone appointment; $15 adults, $10 students, $7 seniors, $4 children.
    Near South Side eat nearby
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