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5 Chicago tours: 'Must-See' to Second City

5 Chicago tours: 'Must-See' to Second City

Summer in Chicago often feels like the season of big-ticket items — from Grateful Dead farewell concerts to Taste of Chicago to Lollapalooza. But get away from the crowds, and the land, and you can find hidden pockets of Chicago history and architecture while still enjoying the summer weather. Here are just a few tours tailor-made for introducing visitors to our town — and for reminding natives why we live here.

'Must-See Chicago'

The Chicago Architecture Foundation offers a dizzying array of tours year-round, but the "Must-See Chicago" tour provides a great introduction to Downtown 101. On a recent Monday, volunteer docent Lorie...