What we're about

Please join our mailing list at this link: http://vid.us/smyzum . Also check out our own webpage at Windy City Explorers (http://www.windycityexplorers.com).

We run events on Meetup, Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/windycityexplorers/) and sometimes on Eventbrite (http://windycityexplorers.eventbrite.com). We do this on three different platforms because we have people who like and dislike each service. Sometimes we post on all three and sometimes just one of these. Please bookmark our page:

Please visit and LIKE our Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/windycityexplorers/) Page at this link (https://www.facebook.com/windycityexplorers/). Facebook, for better or worse, is the best place to interact, share photos and see supplemental information about our walks. You have to "LIKE" the page for it to appear in your feed. If you don't like Facebook, you can still get our material via the mailing list and Eventbrite linked above.

We are explorers of urban Chicago. We check out neighborhoods, restaurants, parks, historical sites and other notable Chicagoland locations. These are places you might not otherwise travel alone. The convenience of group activities lends itself to lots of new opportunities and friendships. We must be on to something, because people keep coming back!

We are a welcoming group of people of all race, creed, religion, color, age and gender. YOU are welcome to join us if you can keep up, are friendly and interested in meeting new people who will enrich your life!

Please visit and like our Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/windycityexplorers/) Page at this link (https://www.facebook.com/windycityexplorers/).

If you'd like to interact further with your friends from this group, we encourage you to hook up with our Linkedin Group at this link and to be sure to post your other social media contact information in your profile. Many of us have done this and it helps to keep in touch!

Our group founders are local real estate brokers with our very own independent brokerage, the Windy City Explorers Real Estate LLC! We would love to assist you in buying or selling a home in Chicagoland. Visit their website at this link (http://www.move2chicago.us).

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Upcoming events (4)

Edgewater & Rosehill Cemetery Walk

Winthrop & Bryn Mawr Ave.

Joe Steffen will lead a 2.5 hour, 4 mile walk through part of the Edgewater community area (http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/413.html) past the Edgewater Beach Apartments (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgewater_Beach_Hotel), Living 2007 mural (http://chicagoist.com/2007/08/08/beautifying_chi.php), through the Lakewood-Balmoral neighborhood, and to the Civil War memorials in Rosehill Cemetery (http://graveyards.com/IL/Cook/rosehill/). Please do not bring your dog. Directions: CTA: Take the Red Line to Bryn Mawr and walk east 1/2 block to Winthrop Ave. Driving: Take Lake Shore Dr. or Sheridan Road to Bryn Mawr Ave. and go west to Winthrop Ave. Street parking is $2/hour, 3 hours max. If you arrive after we have departed, wait for us to return to the Meetup location at about 11:40 AM.

Sunday Gospel Brunch at House of Blues!

House of Blues Chicago

Space is Available. The event is NOT sold out! You have to contact the organizer and pay to reserve your spot! The cost is $35 inclusive of meal, tax and service charge. Once you pay, you’ll be added manually to the event. There are no refunds. Click on the organizer photo and send a message expressing your interest. We’ll reply with payment details. Join us Sunday October 6th at 12:30 to enjoy a good old fashioned Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues! We’ve done this in the past as a group and it’s terrific! It’s a fun way to welcome in the fall season with hearty food, inspirational music and the camaraderie of your neighbors! If you can arrive early at 11:00, we will enjoy a special treat including a quick spin around the Marina Towers area to discover a hidden marina and some other secret gems known only to the participants of this event!

Open House Chicago! - Saturday Edition

Cloud Gate

Check out my Video Introduction to this event: http://vid.us/zc4h7p It's time for Open House Chicago! Join your friends from the Windy City Explorers as we visit some great sites in the Loop. Meet at the Bean (coffee in hand) at 9:45AM to receive our list of favorite sites within easy walking distance right downtown in the Loop. We are veterans with this event now! We start out as a group and visit a dozen sites or more (or less) together. Then it's off to lunch at a favorite rooftop venue! It's not easy to keep together, but with list in hand you will keep crossing paths with the group as some of us visit each and every site while others take more time and linger at their favorites. When we reach the point of exhaustion we reconvene for lunch and compare notes. There is something for everyone! FastPass! Join the Chicago Architecture Foundation and receive FastPass Access to skip the lines at many of the sites we visit! Visit http://www.architecture.org/join-give/join/membership/ and sign up today! Here is the Open House Chicago website where you can learn full details of the event. http://www.openhousechicago.org

Open House Chicago! - Sunday Edition

Cloud Gate

Check out my Video Introduction to this event: http://vid.us/zc4h7p It's time for Open House Chicago! Join your friends from the Windy City Explorers as we visit some great sites together! For the Sunday edition, we sleep in a bit longer and then go visit a few extraordinary sites in outlying neighborhoods. We still meet at the Bean and receive a list of suggested sites. Then we depart in smaller or larger groups, depending on which sites YOU want to visit. We take rideshare or public transportation to a select few sites away from the Loop. If you missed the Saturday edition, you're welcome to stick around and do the Loop Circuit; but your organizers will be leading this day's course out and about to other neighborhoods. FastPass! Join the Chicago Architecture Foundation and receive FastPass Access to skip the lines at many of the sites we visit! Visit http://www.architecture.org/join-give/join/membership/ and sign up today! Here is the Open House Chicago website where you can learn full details of the event. http://www.openhousechicago.org

Past events (476)

Gold Coast & Washington Square Walk

Clark & Division St.

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