Registration Instructions

Register yourself and others.

To create a new account, click the "register now" button on the home page and enter your information under "New Know Your Chicago Registrants."

Tour information will be posted online in mid-July, and tour brochures will be mailed at that time. To make sure you have the most up to date information, please join our mailing list if you haven't already.

No. After you have completed the registration process, you will receive an email confirmation of your order. Your name will be added to a list, which we will use at the Symposium and Tours to confirm registration. It is not necessary to bring the printed out order confirmation email.

In order to register a friend, you must know their first and last name. It is beneficial if you also include an email address for this person, but it is not required. Your friend will not receive an email confirmation. You must either forward your own email to them, or call them to let them know. If your friend does not have an email address, you can create a dummy email for them, such as their first name + last name @ (e.g. This will not be a real email address, but it will allow you to advance in the registration process.

The buses pick up Know Your Chicago tour participants on the north curb of Adams between Clinton and Jefferson. Buses depart promptly at 8:30 am, so it is advisable to arrive between 8:15 and 8:20 am.

If you cannot use your Symposium or Tour registration, you may give or sell it to a friend. We will not be entering any top security areas for the 2015 tour season, and as such, do NOT require you to report any ticket exchanges. The new attendee will simply check in with the name of the original attendee when they arrive at the Symposium or Tour bus pick up location. It is not necessary to call the office.

You can cancel your registration by calling 773.702.1727. Know Your Chicago does not refund the purchase of any Symposium or tour registrations. If you are interested in a tour day that has sold out we can add you to our waitlist.

Easy online registration:

Online registrations will be processed immediately and you will know instantly which tours you will be able to attend.

Register with a friend:

One of your friends may register you online or you may register one (or more) of your friends online.

Register by phone:

Call 773.702.1727

You cannot register for more than one person by phone. We encourage online registration; if not possible, you may call.

REMINDER: You must register for the Symposium before you can register for any of the tours.

Buses are provided for both the Symposium and tours. Participants board buses on the north curb of Adams between Clinton and Jefferson Streets. Buses depart promptly at 8:30 am, so it is advisable to arrive between 8:15 and 8:20 am.

For the Symposium, participants are urged to ride the bus since valet parking at the University is limited. For the tours, participants are required to board the bus downtown and remain with that bus throughout the day. At the end of the tour, participants are free to return home on their own rather than returning to the Clinton Street drop-off site. Buses depart promptly at the time specified; tours operate on tight schedules and bus departure cannot be delayed.

Tours may involve a considerable amount of walking, standing, and/or stairs. Please consult the walking guide accompanying each tour description for an indication of the difficulty of each tour. Walking shoes are always recommended.

The University of Chicago considers participants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, national or ethnic origin, or other factors irrelevant to participation.

Those with a disability who believe they may need assistance should call 773.702.1727 before registering.

In keeping with its long-standing tradition and policies, the University of Chicago considers students, employees, applicants for admission or employment, and those seeking access to programs on the basis of individual merit. The University, therefore, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or veteran status, and does not discriminate against members of protected classes under the law. The Affirmative Action Officer (773.702.5671) is the University official responsible for coordinating the University’s adherence to this policy and the related federal, state, and local laws and regulations (including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the Americans with Disabilities Act).

Participants who have registered for Know Your Chicago who have a disability and believe that they may need assistance should contact Jarquetta Egeston, Assistant Dean of Students, at in advance of the event.