Tours in Oak Park

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An authorized Segway tour provider, Oak Park Segway Experience welcomes its customers aboard its upright vehicles for both rentals and guided excursions. After individually teaching each customer how to operate the self-balancing machines, certified Segway guides blend entertainment with education, divulging information on the historic sights peppered across Oak Park, River Forest, and Forest Park. Excursions often revolve around a central theme, such as the Frank Lloyd Wright–Ernest Hemingway tour, which passes 14 sites that commemorate the duo of artists. Alternatively, the Chocolate Lover tour grants the opportunity to slurp down a chocolate milkshake, sip on chocolate tea, and gaze deeply into the eyes of master chocolatiers.

715 Lake St
Oak Park,
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There's a lot more to Hyde Park than the prominent cultural and academic institutions here, and A Taste of Hyde Park is all about sharing those things. On walking tours that cover both iconic sites and little-known gems, they share a glimpse into the neighborhood's cuisine, culture, and history with insider tips along the way. Stops may include restaurants, caf?s, and sweet shops, where groups are greeted with small samples while learning more about the area. Additionally, A Taste of Hyde Park offers seasonal outings. Spooky, Halloween-themed tours, for one, recount some of the neighborhood's paranormal legends, including tales about lawyer Clarence Darrow's ghost at the Museum of Science and Industry and why it's always doing the jitterbug.

5700 South Lake Park Avenue
Hyde Park,
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It's safe to say that Frank Lloyd Wright is a household name, partly because he put his name on so many houses. The sites overseen by the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust receive as many as 150,000 visitors a year?tangible proof that the visionary's impact on architecture, design, and culture remains alive and well. To ensure that legacy continues, the Chicago-based nonprofit maintains several of Wright's buildings and hosts various educational programs.

  • Size: five Frank Lloyd Wright architectural sites throughout Chicago and Oak Park
  • Crown Jewel: the Frank Lloyd Wright home and studio in Oak Park, where the visionary spent the first 20 years of his career
  • Eye Catcher: The Rookery Building's Light Court, a luminous Chicago landmark at the center of the Financial District
  • Don't Miss:Unity Temple. Made of exposed and reinforced concrete, this is the only surviving public building from Wright's Prairie Period.
  • Instead of Squinting Over Wright's Blueprints: see the trust's sites in person via guided walking, bus, and bike tours
  • Special Programs: Trust sites host concerts, arts and crafts workshops, and other programs for both kids and adults
951 Chicago Ave.
Oak Park,
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One of the best examples of Prairie School Architecture in the U.S., Pleasant House mingles grandeur with simplicity. Visitors to the National Historic Landmark building enter through a broad porch which architect George Washington Maher adorned with decorated motifs using roman bricks and stone. Once within, students of architecture will recognize familiar turn-of-the-century Prairie elements: airy open spaces, glittering art-glass windows, and intricate carvings.

As the 120th anniversary of the building draws near, guests can explore Pleasant Home's 30 rooms of original and restored pieces on docent-guided tours that run every Thursday through Sunday. The house also hosts a a full calendar of lectures and classes, classical and jazz performances, locally-produced theater, and children's programming to inspire the next generation of architects.

217 Home Ave
Oak Park,
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