Conference Tours

Join your fellow ACT attendees on some exciting tours throughout the conference week!

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Sunday, July 31st (Additional Fee)

Lakefront Neighborhoods Private Bike Tour

9:30am – 1:30pm

Member Rate: $58.00
Non-Member: $65.00
Note: Tour includes bike, helmet and 25% gratuity for private guide

This ‘live like a local’ Chicago bike tour experience  takes you off the tourist route and into the quiet neighborhood streets, city parks, and sunny beaches of the city’s North Side. This three-hour guided bike tour will give you a generous glimpse at how Chicagoans enjoy their beautiful city via bike.

The trip begins at the Bobby’s Bike Hike headquarters. This is where you’ll meet your fun-loving, enthusiastic guide and your ready-to-ride Bobby’s bicycle. After an introduction to Chicago’s epic history, your group will head out into the beautiful downtown district of Streeterville.

Named for Captain George Wellington Streeter, Streeterville is home to many of Chicago’s most beloved institutions including the Museum of Contemporary Art and the John Hancock Center. The tour will then roll past the Magnificent Mile shopping strip into the historic Gold Coast neighborhood.

The Gold Coast has been Chicago’s highest rent district since the 1870s and is home to some of the most beautiful Victorian homes in the United States. One particularly interesting piece of property in the area is the building that housed the original Playboy Mansion, complete with a pool and swim-up bar.

From there your guide will lead you into leafy Lincoln Park, the city’s largest municipal green space. Check out a few of the countless bike paths, sports fields, walking trails, and works of public art that this 1200-acre park has to offer!

Old Town is up next, the neighborhood that inspired the creation of this tour where you can get up close and personal with the local culture experience. Its quiet, tree-lined streets are rarely traversed by bus tours, despite the rich history that the area boasts. Here you’ll get a peek at the stunning spire of St. Michael’s church, one of very few buildings that survived the Great Chicago Fire.

From there the Chicago bike tour travels back into Lincoln Park to see the world-famous (and free!) Lincoln Park Zoo, before heading east all the way to the clear-blue shores of Lake Michigan.

You’ll get to experience the beaches that define this sandy, summer-loving town up close and personal. North Avenue and Oak Street beaches can be packed with up to 300,000 Chicagoans on a warm Saturday in July!

As the group rides back down south along the beautiful, paved Lakefront Trail, you’ll see why Chicago has been repeatedly chosen as America’s greatest city for bikers.

The tour will take you through three hours and eight miles of history, sightseeing, and two-wheeled fun.


Architecture River Tour

1:00pm – 3:00pm

Member Rate: $49.00
Non-Member: $54.00

There’s nothing quite like seeing Chicago’s world-famous architecture from all three branches of the Chicago River. From hidden treasures to the city’s most well-known sights, you’ll view over 40 Chicago landmarks on our 75-minute Architecture River Tours. 

Enjoy the spectacular views as you listen to our tour guides tell you how Chicago’s buildings, architecture, and engineering made the city famous.


Wednesday, August 3rd (Additional Fee)

UIC East Campus Tour
11:45am – 1:30pm

Member Rate: $20.00
Non-Member: $25.00
Note: CTA Day Pass included in price

The Urban Transportation Center at UIC is delighted to lead a tour of the University of Illinois at Chicago East Campus. Opened in 1965, the East Campus is located around one mile west of downtown Chicago and is readily accessible by public transit.

Highlights on the tour will include:

  • A walking tour of the East Campus, which spans 244 acres and includes many buildings built in the Brutalist architectural style.
  • Some historical insight into the building of the East Campus, once known as the Chicago Circle Campus, due to its proximity to the expressway Circle Interchange. Participants will be able to view the nearby Byrne Circle Interchange.
  • Insight on the university’s commitment to students who use public transit to commute to and from campus.

Note: Participants will take the CTA Blue Line rapid transit train from the hotel as a group and exit at the UIC/Halsted station. CTA passes are included in the price of the tour. The UTC offices are around 200 feet from the Blue Line station; participants who are planning to leave for the airport directly from the tour can bring their luggage and have it stored in the UTC offices.

Lead by:
Edward Bury, Public Information Coordinator, Urban Transportation Center, University of Illinois at Chicago
Maggie Kochman, Transportation Graduate Assistant, Office of Planning, Sustainability and Project Management, University of Illinois at Chicago
Tim Grzesiakowski, ACT Member, local Chicago native

Tour sponsored by: ACT Higher Education Council



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