We are remaining active during these times of social distancing with virtual tours, lectures, and programming that reflect our passion for community, culture, and creativity.


LA Underground II: HAUNTED GROUND | Zoom talk & discussion led by historical journalist Hadley Meares

Thursday, July 30th | 7 pm



Discover, explore, and experience Downtown Los Angeles on one of Cartwheel Art’s walking tours! Our local experts offer insider knowledge of DTLA’s hidden history, art, architecture, bars and eateries, including rare glimpses beneath the LA streets. Some of our most popular tours are the Underground LA Tour, Graffiti & Machines Tour, and Arts District Mural Tour. (All of our public tours are also available as private tours.)

Step inside historic speakeasies connected by underground tunnels, take photos of alleyways illuminated with graffiti and street art by world-renowned artists, and connect with members of the DTLA art community. Cartwheel Art, founded by Cindy Schwarzstein, creates and produces immersive experiences, neighborhood explorations, and art events, with a focus on supporting local artists and artisan businesses. We specialize in building custom private tours for groups of any size.


On the Underground LA tour, explore the city’s “underground” past, ranging from famous Prohibition-era murders to hidden speakeasies haunted by the fashionable Hollywood elite.

Join historical journalist Hadley Meares on our LA Vice tour, focused on Los Angeles’ most notorious criminals and their victims. Enjoy a drink at legendary bars that boast their own otherworldly spirits.

On the Paranormal Nights tour, historical journalist Hadley Meares guides you through the mean streets of DTLA, sharing stories of the serial killers and spooks who have lived and died in the City of Angels.

Kim Ohanneson, president of Women Who Whiskey LA, leads an intimate walking tour of several glamorous and/or historical Downtown LA libation lounges. (Includes a cocktail at 3 locations.)

Join Steve Grody on a walking tour through the back alleys of the DTLA Arts District and a genuine graffiti “yard.” End with a graffiti lettering workshop by artist NUKE at The House of Machines.


Looking to build a custom itinerary for a corporate retreat, create a memorable team-building experience, or get to know a Los Angeles neighborhood? Cartwheel Art will design a unique experience for you or your client utilizing our vast network of Los Angeles insiders with knowledge of local art, architecture, food, and behind-the-scenes happenings. Each tour is crafted by founder Cindy Schwarzstein, a curator, event programmer, and art activist with over 25 years of experience building events and cultural programming. 


A selection of companies we have built private tours & custom programming for:  


The neighborhoods of LA we love to explore: DTLA Arts District // Downtown Los Angeles (Fashion District, Historic Core, Financial District, Civic Center, El Pueblo) // Venice Beach // Echo Park // Silver Lake // Historic Filipinotown // South Central // Pasadena // Lincoln Heights // Chinatown // Little Tokyo // Hancock Park // Mid Wilshire // Los Feliz // Hollywood // West Adams // Culver City // El Sereno


We are passionate insiders who live and work in the Los Angeles neighborhoods we share with you. Experts in our chosen fields, we bring our knowledge to the streets of LA, revealing the fascinating stories that make up our city.