Walking Tours

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:
• Early Uptown settlement and commercial development
• Chicago’s Housing Crisis and the importance of affordable housing
• Inter-racial community activism as a response to Urban Renewal
• Immigrant and refugee history in Uptown

After being offered eight times with Chicago for Chicagoans, I have offered this tour to Public Health students, visiting Dutch Economic Geography students, and others.

Downtown Chicago Burham Plan 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