Long before River North was gentrified and turned into an outdoor mall, it was run down, dirty, and industrial. Here, “Towertown” – an artsy, bohemian community – briefly flourished. It was Chicago’s original “gayborhood” – long before gay rights were even feasible.
This walk uncovers River North’s gritty queer history and contrasts it against current development as an ultra-luxury, family-friendly shopping mecca.
Themes: queer history, gay chicago, urban renewal, restrictive covenants