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PHOTOS: Dearborn Garden Walk Returns to Gold Coast for 56th Year

 The annual, self-guided walking tour of private, rear gardens throughout Chicago’s historic Near North and Gold Coast neighborhoods is considered one of the oldest in the nation.
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GOLD COAST — Prepare for some serious yard envy.

The 56th annual Dearborn Garden Walk returns to the Near North Side neighborhood July 20 from noon to 5 p.m., continuing one of the longest-running showcases of thoughtfully designed outdoor spaces.

Twenty hidden urban garden vignettes decorated by local designers are participating in the self-guided walking tour.

Included in the ticket price is a guided architectural tour of pre- and post-Chicago Fire structures, including homes occupied by celebrities and featured in TV and film. Architectural tours start at 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the gate. Advance ticket purchases include entry into a raffle for hotel packages.

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