Jeff
Jeff
Owner - Free Chicago Walking Tours
English
Chicago , Illinois , United States
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Hi there, I’m Matt. When I’m not working in my local library or poking around in a dusty archive, I’m writing books and articles on Chicagoland history. I hail from the suburbs of the Chicago, but have had a family connection to Chicago since a Hessian ancestor of mine first settled there in the 1840s to work as a tailor. I want to tell you everything that’s happened since that time and then some; be it why silver was painted white, how not to become the Outfit’s “trunk music”, or where to get the best Chicago-style pizza. For our Austrian, German and Swiss guests – ich spreche Deutsch, und beiße auch nicht!

Reviews (175)

johannam3474

2020-03-08 19:34:37

"Great tour! Off the grid tour with Maria" We absolutely loved this tour and our tour guide Maria. She was great and knew a lot about the city and the spots she took us to. After the tour she took time to give us more inside tips. She was...

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Redrum_imim

2020-02-16 13:04:25

"Awesome" Maria was amazing. She was super friendly and remembered the group and their likes and interests. She incorporates the group into the tours and it was a really great time. It was quite the walk...

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LisaRo9

2020-02-10 10:07:23

"Off the grid walking tour" My Daughter and I went on a free walking tour in Chicago, IL on Saturday February 8, 2020. Maria was our tour guide. She was Fabulous. The tour was very informative. I would recommend taking this...

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Sercastic

2020-01-18 05:22:25

"Pedway Tour" It was a very cold day, so we took a Pedway tour, guided by Eddie, he knows a lot of Chicago history, we enjoyed the tour, thanks!

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TravelerG8

2019-12-24 16:57:21

"Great pedway tour" Took a pedway tour on a cold winter day, but didn’t bother us with the underground tour. Guide was very knowledgable and gave a great Chicago overview

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N5221LT_

2019-12-23 14:20:48

"Fun tour!" It was a fantastic experience. I can’t think of a better event for a trip in Chicago during winter if you’re interested in history and architecture. Highly recommended.

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chrisbK9816WL

2019-11-21 14:37:28

"Pedway tour" This tour was very informative. Paul, our guide, was very friendly and open to questions. He knew his material well and we learned a lot. I liked the format of the tour and tipping felt better than...

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lorev366

2019-11-18 17:48:21

"Great!!!" Great experience to get to know the city in a short walk. Either you are visiting or just want to know more about the city this is a great tour to do! Maria is great!

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jopcd

2019-11-17 14:53:07

"Must do it" We always like taking walking tours to know a little bit of the history and local stories of each cities. We booked on line our tours (river side and gangster tours) for Saturday. They email us the...

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rodrigo M

2019-11-16 18:56:24

"A great and different tour!" I took the tour with Maria, she took us to very particular places, those hidden gems that are part of the history of the city. I enjoyed it a lot, Maria also made it interesting, she knows a lot...

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Jeff

Owner - Free Chicago Walking Tours
English
Chicago, Illinois, United States

About :

Hi there, I’m Matt. When I’m not working in my local library or poking around in a dusty archive, I’m writing books and articles on Chicagoland history. I hail from the suburbs of the Chicago, but have had a family connection to Chicago since a Hessian ancestor of mine first settled there in the 1840s to work as a tailor. I want to tell you everything that’s happened since that time and then some; be it why silver was painted white, how not to become the Outfit’s “trunk music”, or where to get the best Chicago-style pizza. For our Austrian, German and Swiss guests – ich spreche Deutsch, und beiße auch nicht!


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Reviews (175)

johannam3474

2020-03-08 19:34:37

"Great tour! Off the grid tour with Maria" We absolutely loved this tour and our tour guide Maria. She was great and knew a lot about the city and the spots she took us to. After the tour she took time to give us more inside tips. She was...

+More
Redrum_imim

2020-02-16 13:04:25

"Awesome" Maria was amazing. She was super friendly and remembered the group and their likes and interests. She incorporates the group into the tours and it was a really great time. It was quite the walk...

+More
LisaRo9

2020-02-10 10:07:23

"Off the grid walking tour" My Daughter and I went on a free walking tour in Chicago, IL on Saturday February 8, 2020. Maria was our tour guide. She was Fabulous. The tour was very informative. I would recommend taking this...

+More
Sercastic

2020-01-18 05:22:25

"Pedway Tour" It was a very cold day, so we took a Pedway tour, guided by Eddie, he knows a lot of Chicago history, we enjoyed the tour, thanks!

+More
TravelerG8

2019-12-24 16:57:21

"Great pedway tour" Took a pedway tour on a cold winter day, but didn’t bother us with the underground tour. Guide was very knowledgable and gave a great Chicago overview

+More
N5221LT_

2019-12-23 14:20:48

"Fun tour!" It was a fantastic experience. I can’t think of a better event for a trip in Chicago during winter if you’re interested in history and architecture. Highly recommended.

+More
chrisbK9816WL

2019-11-21 14:37:28

"Pedway tour" This tour was very informative. Paul, our guide, was very friendly and open to questions. He knew his material well and we learned a lot. I liked the format of the tour and tipping felt better than...

+More
lorev366

2019-11-18 17:48:21

"Great!!!" Great experience to get to know the city in a short walk. Either you are visiting or just want to know more about the city this is a great tour to do! Maria is great!

+More
jopcd

2019-11-17 14:53:07

"Must do it" We always like taking walking tours to know a little bit of the history and local stories of each cities. We booked on line our tours (river side and gangster tours) for Saturday. They email us the...

+More
rodrigo M

2019-11-16 18:56:24

"A great and different tour!" I took the tour with Maria, she took us to very particular places, those hidden gems that are part of the history of the city. I enjoyed it a lot, Maria also made it interesting, she knows a lot...

+More
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