Show Chicago to every picky friend and family member.
Granny’s honestly a little freaked out that you’re living in such a dirty, crime-ridden metropolis. Show her that Chicago is home to a few good, God-fearing folks on Chicago Neighborhood Tours’ Chicago’s Magnificent Churches. The tour covers the Howard van Doren Shaw–designed Second Presbyterian Church, a treasure trove of Tiffany windows and Arts and Crafts design. Reservations required. Meet at the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E Randolph St (312-742-1190, chicagoneighborhoodtours.com). Jul 25 at 10am. $50; seniors, students and kids ages 8–18 $45.
Great. Your brother dumped his brood of curtain climbers on your doorstep so he and his wife could indulge in a three-hour dinner at Moto. Rather than seek revenge for not inviting you, show the tykes how you’re more awesome than their parents by taking them on one of O’Leary’s Chicago Fire Truck Tours. Led by retired Chicago fire captain George Rabiela, the excursions use real retired fire trucks for informational tours of the Loop. Meet at 505 N Michigan Ave (312-287-6565, olearysfiretours.com). By appointment; $20, kids $10.
Hacky sacking brah
His shirt reads “UW Bong Team,” and he’s always hungry. This guy’s either got a tapeworm or he’s been out to lunch with Mary Jane again. Either way, take him on one of Chicago Food Planet’s Bucktown/Wicker Park Culinary Tours. As your group strolls the neighborhood, you’ll be treated to tidbits about local history and architecture and, of course, make half a dozen pit stops to sample cuisine from local eateries. Meeting location provided with reservations (773-425-2727, tickets 212-209-3370, chicagofoodplanet.com) Wed–Sat, Apr–Nov; $42.