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Tours

Chicago's rich history, spectacular architecture, and lively neighborhoods are all on display at the 2018 NCSS Annual Conference. Take advantage of some of these great tours to explore and learn more about the city.

Thursday, November 29

Chicago's Architectural Highlights, by Bus

9:45 am to 1:15 pm

Discover the exciting diversity of Chicago architecture on this wide-ranging odyssey, conducted by the Chicago Architecture Foundation, which traces the city's development from its founding through the very present. The tour covers 30 miles of Chicago design and includes sites in the Loop, Hyde Park and other South Side areas, Gold Coast, lakefront, two university campuses, parks and residential neighborhoods.

Fee: $40

Frank Lloyd Wright by Bus

10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Discover the neighborhood where Wright's famed Prairie style of architecture evolved. the tour includes bus transportation to and from Oak Park with commentary, a one-hour interior tour of Wright's Home and Studio and a walking tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District, conducted by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. The tour includes an interior visit to Wright's newly restored masterpiece, Unity Temple.

Fee: CANCELED

Chicago's Original Gangster Tour

2:00 pm to 3:45 pm

Experience Chicago as it was in the 1920s and 1930s. See the old gangster hot spots and hit spots. Hear historically accurate accounts of the exploits of Capone, Moran, Dillinger and the rest of the boys. Feel the excitement of jazz-age Chicago during the Prohibition Era. Enjoy a journey into the past as you cruise the city in search of the old hoodlum haunts, brothels, gambling dens and sites of gangland shootings.

Fee: $35

Hull-House

2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Learn about the conditions immigrants faced in the 19th Ward of Chicago, the unique work of the Hull-House residents, the life and work of Jane Addams, and the lasting impact of the Hull-House Settlement. Organized by room, each door opens to a new collection of artifacts, photographs and stories. The tour also includes a screening of An Experiment in Democracy, exploring the history of the world's most famous settlement house.

Fee: SOLD OUT

Friday, November 30

Devil in the White City

10:15 am to 1:45 pm

Explore the compelling true story told by Erik Larson in his best-selling book, The Devil in the White City about two simultaneous events in Chicago history: the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893 and the emergence of serial murderer Dr. Henry H. Holmes. The tour, conducted by the Chicago Architecture Foundation, stops at the street that was home to Chicago's business and social elite during the Fair, winds past the home of Fair critic Ida B. Wells, highlights the Midway and the site of the Ferris Wheel and stops for a short walking tour of the Fairgrounds in Jackson Park.

Fee: SOLD OUT

Saturday, December 1

Chicago's Architectural Highlights, by Bus

10:15 am to 1:45 pm

Discover the exciting diversity of Chicago architecture on this wide-ranging odyssey, conducted by the Chicago Architecture Foundation, which traces the city's development from its founding through the very present. The tour covers 30 miles of Chicago design and includes sites in the Loop, Hyde Park and other South Side areas, Gold Coast, lakefront, two university campuses, parks and residential neighborhoods.

Fee: $40

Sin & Suds Beer Tour

3:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Visit an old Capone-era haunt, a German bar that's one of the oldest in the city, a blues club started by a legend and a new microbrewery. Taste over 10 varieties of mostly Midwestern craft beers and also eat a slice of Chicago-style pizza. The tour covers Chicago's sinful past (gambling, gangsters, etc.) and mixes in some of the city's noteworthy architecture.

Fee: $75

Best in Chow Food Tour

4:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Explore the River North and Streeter Neighborhoods. Start with an ample service of Lou Malnati's Chicago-style deep dish pizza and then graze on the Chicago staples from Al's Beef (Italian beef sandwich); XOCO, Rich Bayliss's take on Mexican street food; Garret Popcorn and Portillo's Chicago-style hot dog. End at Copper Fox with a Nutella brownie that pays homage to the chefs at the Palmer House Hotel, who created it for the World Columbian Exposition of 1893.

Fee: SOLD OUT