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 (169)

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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Kristine C

2019-11-11 08:54:25

"Great guide and tour!" Matt gave us the Riverwalk tour. He was very knowledgeable, happy to answer questions and even gave his 'best pizza in Chicago' advice.We had a very large group which had me worried, but Matt had a...

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Ryan F

2019-11-03 17:23:56

"Great tour!" Our experience with Free Chicago Walking Tours and Matt in particular was fantastic. Matt was informed and entertaining, and he showed real appreciation for both his attendees and the history of...

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IvanTPanchev

2019-10-21 02:09:18

"Great tour!" Paul is a great guide, would love to make another tour with him! He knows a lot of things about the history of Chicago and does not make it just a boring historical tour.

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koenpolee

2019-10-18 20:02:52

"Great first impression of chicago" Our guide (Paul) knew a lot of interesting stories about the city and it was great to see the highlights of downtown in such a small time period.

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VictoriaGSB_303

2019-10-18 06:00:41

"Great introduction to the city" The tour was fun and informative, really liked our guide Paul. The information on the tour was a nice mix of city history and architecture. Unfortunately the fountains were already turned off - this...

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Pete-traveller38

2019-10-13 10:45:04

"Chicago Gangster Tour" Our tour guide Matt was very knowledgable about the history of organised crime in Chicago and took us to some very interesting places. Well worth going on this tour if you get the chance! Pete from...

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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 (169)

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
Kristine C

2019-11-11 08:54:25

"Great guide and tour!" Matt gave us the Riverwalk tour. He was very knowledgeable, happy to answer questions and even gave his 'best pizza in Chicago' advice.We had a very large group which had me worried, but Matt had a...

+More
Ryan F

2019-11-03 17:23:56

"Great tour!" Our experience with Free Chicago Walking Tours and Matt in particular was fantastic. Matt was informed and entertaining, and he showed real appreciation for both his attendees and the history of...

+More
IvanTPanchev

2019-10-21 02:09:18

"Great tour!" Paul is a great guide, would love to make another tour with him! He knows a lot of things about the history of Chicago and does not make it just a boring historical tour.

+More
koenpolee

2019-10-18 20:02:52

"Great first impression of chicago" Our guide (Paul) knew a lot of interesting stories about the city and it was great to see the highlights of downtown in such a small time period.

+More
VictoriaGSB_303

2019-10-18 06:00:41

"Great introduction to the city" The tour was fun and informative, really liked our guide Paul. The information on the tour was a nice mix of city history and architecture. Unfortunately the fountains were already turned off - this...

+More
Pete-traveller38

2019-10-13 10:45:04

"Chicago Gangster Tour" Our tour guide Matt was very knowledgable about the history of organised crime in Chicago and took us to some very interesting places. Well worth going on this tour if you get the chance! Pete from...

+More
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