Walking tours | Sneak peek
Play telephone or buy new outfits on one of these unconventional walking tours.
Nonsensical Walk of Indoor Spaces
In the long winter that is spring in Chicago, no doubt you’ve ducked into a lobby just to warm your digits. But have you ever explored downtown on that conceit alone? It’s a question Amanda Scotese, founder of Chicago Detours, answers with her newest venture, the Nonsensical Walk of Indoor Spaces, the inaugural tour for a quarterly series, which attempts to leaven the predictability of walking tours with themes. (The June tour is all about meat.) During this one-day-only walk on Friday 5, attendees play telephone while traveling through historic building lobbies and the Pedway downtown. Scotese says the telephone component allows attendees to learn about building trivia without having to stop and start. She advises, “Bring comfortable shoes.” Block 37’s Pedway atrium, 108 N State St (chicagodetours.com). Fri 5, 4–6pm; $20.
Does the exercise inherent in this walking tour cancel the guilt you’ll feel for going on a shopping binge? Or does the fact that these shops are local make the emptiness in your wallet a little easier to bear? Ponder these ethical questions during ShopAround Chicago, a walking tour launched in June by fashion stylist Sean Krista. Style guides lead three-hour expeditions of shops in Lincoln Park, Wicker Park and the Gold Coast. They also offer feedback as you consider items in five or six stores for 20 minutes each. Who knew tour docents could have such good fashion sense? Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays (shoparoundchicago.com). Times and locations vary; $40.