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Walking Tours In Lincoln Square Will Explore Neighborhood’s History, Present

Chicago Immersive, the company behind the tours, said it wants "to turn our city into an interactive museum."

Walking under the Brown Line elevated tracks in Lincoln Square.
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LINCOLN SQUARE — Socially distanced walking tours of Lincoln Square will help participants learn about the neighborhood and its history this fall.

Tickets for “Wander: Lincoln Square — A Chicago Walking Experience” cost $25 and will be available starting Sept. 19. The 65-minute tours will be limited to 20 socially distanced people and be offered weekly Thursdays through Sundays in Lincoln Square through Nov. 1. 

This tours will include live performances and prerecorded historical scenes to help people explore the neighborhood’s present and past.

Tickets can be purchased at Chicago Immersive’s website or by calling 773-236-2172. Ticket holders will be sent information via an app on where to meet for the beginning of the tour. Participants are asked to bring a charged smartphone with internet and GPS location capabilities along with their own headphones. 

People will select their own path through the tour while listening to guided audio stories or by watching live interactions between performers from a distance.

Colder weather typically doesn’t stop people from enjoying Lincoln Square’s fall street festivals, public art and live concerts, said Maggie O’Keefe, president of the Lincoln Square North Neighbors 

“This is why we are so happy to welcome ‘Wander: Lincoln Square’ to the community. [It’s] a great way for our neighbors to have an outdoor adventure while staying safe,” O’Keefe said.

All participants, staff and agents must be masked. They will have their temperature checked at the beginning of each tour and must stand at least 6 feet away from each other. 

Ticket holders will be notified via text if their tour is canceled due to weather. 

“Chicago Immersive is excited to be developing this technology to turn our city into an interactive museum. Cultural tourism shouldn’t just exist in the Loop and in buildings,” said Anderson Lawfer, artistic director and co-creator at Chicago Immersive.

Anderson Lawfer

Lawfer’s company specializes in creating unique interactive experiences. Last year, Immersive debuted with holiday time-traveling show “Grace and the Hanukkah Miracle.”

“Our hope is that our first outing with Lincoln Square will allow us to start exploring the potential to bring this to other wonderful, historical and fun neighborhoods like Beverly, Ukrainian Village and Bronzeville,” Lawfer said. 

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