Urban Planning Walking Tours


Boystown “Planning for Enclaves” Walking Tour

Co-led with queer researcher Andie Meadows, the tour explored Chicago’s LGBT history, the erasure of queer spaces, and Planning for enclaves. The tour also employed new research done in Boystown that challenges assumptions about how enclaves support tolerance.

South Loop & Dearborn Park Walking Tour

This tour tackled how Planning facilitated both the area’s decline and its resurgence. The tour critiqued a 1970s planned utopian community in the heart of the city and the role of colleges in supporting the area’s vibrancy.

Uptown History Walking Tour

Uptown History Walking TourUptown History Walking Tour

First developed in partnership with Chicago for Chicagoans, this tour explored Uptown’s multilayered history from the glitz of the Jazz Age to the grime of Urban Renewal. Attendees received illustrated guide with socioeconomics and a culinary guide to Uptown’s many ethnic eateries. Topics include:
• Chicago’s Housing Crisis and the importance of affordable housing
• Inter-racial community activism as a response to Urban Renewal
• Immigrants’ and refugees’ role in revitalizing Uptown

Downtown Chicago Daniel Burham 1909 Plan Walking Tour

In partnership with Atlas Obscura Illinois, this tour explores the history of Urban Planning since the 1909 Burnham Plan of Chicago and how the document continues to shape Chicagoans’ lives. Attendees received an illustrated “Urban Planning 101” zine. Topics include:
• How the 1893 World’s Fair shaped Urban Planning
• Invention of the skyscraper
• How Urban Planning shapes our everyday lives
• Redlining and how the Government segregated America

Redlining Walking Tour

Developed for Loyola’s Social Justice Summit, this tour explored the legacy of redlining, how the built environment has been planned to separate, and strategies that Chicagoans can apply in undoing the city’s pervasive segregation.