Chicago's thawing. Now for the bad news: The fam's coming to visit. Three new tours will keep them entertained.
She appreciates the finer things, but her formerly cushy job is lately depriving her of anything shiny. On the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Palmer House Hotel Tour, she can walk through the 2008 $170 million hotel restoration and see more gilded accoutrements than she ever imagined possible. Meet in the Wabash Ave lobby, 17 E Monroe St (architecture.org). May 2 at 10:30am. $5.
He’s taken nearly every historic tour in the Windy City. Surprise him with Chicago Neighborhood Tours’ Albany Park, a brand-spankin’ new tour that shows off this incredibly diverse ’hood, which plays home to more residents born abroad than any other Chicago community. Meet at Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E Randolph St (chicagoneighborhoodtours.com). May 30 at 10am. $30, seniors and students $25.
He’s getting a joint degree in pot smoking and poli-sci, and the one thing you have in common is a love of Barack Obama. On Bobby’s Bike Hike’s Obama’s Chicago Tour, cycle to Hyde Park, see the man’s current residence, touch the court where he still plays basketball, and break for lunch at the Prez’s favorite eatery. Ogden Slip at River East Docks, 465 N McClurg Ct (bobbysbikehike.com). Daily, 9am. $49.50, students $39.50.