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May
13
Sat
Tour of Logan Square 2017 @ Illinois Centenial Monument
May 13 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Tour of Logan Square 2008 Poster

Tour of Logan Square 2008 Poster

Logan Square, Community Area no. 22 is located 5 miles from the loop on Chicago’s near Northwest side. Logan Square is home to exquisite mansions along its historic boulevards with side-streets lined with simple workers’ homes and 2-flats. It is host to homey dive bars and haute cuisine hot spots. A particularly funky strip of Milwaukee forms its main commercial district, immediately adjacent to its quiet tree- lined residential streets. Exhibiting a wide variety of styles and a host of wonderful examples, it is also an architectural treasure trove.  Tour Stops on the tour will include the Logan and Congress Theaters, the William Zimmerman designed field house at Holstein Park, the Logan Square Auditorium, St. Hedwigs, St. Mary of the Angels and the Norwegian Church. The tour will also explain and explore the Boulevard System, and riders will get a chance to see some of the most amazing mansions in all of Chicago.

 

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Jun
10
Sat
Tour of Hyde Park 2017 @ Washington Park
Jun 10 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Tour of Hyde Park 2009 Poster

Tour of Hyde Park 2009 Poster

Hyde Park, Chicago Community Area #41 sits 7 miles south of the Loop. It is a unique community not just in the south side, or Chicago, but in the world. Hyde Park’s fortunes were made when Chicago secured the 1893 Columbian Exposition World’s Fair and settled that it would occur in Hyde Park, namely what is now Jackson Park, and the Midway Plaisance, flowing into Washington Park. This was Chicago’s moment in the sun following its rebuilding after the Great Fire. It is home to the University of Chicago, and the grand Gothic campus dotted with several notable moderns. The community around the campus is equally impressive. Luminaries like Frank Lloyd Wright, Frederick Olmsted, Lorado Taft, Dwight Perkins, George and William Keck, and Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe are but some of the giants with handsome contributions to the areas rich architectural palette. Hyde Park is full of locally owned businesses, and community organizations and caring stewards of the history of the neighborhood.

 

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Jul
21
Fri
Downtown Night Tour @ Buckingham Fountain
Jul 21 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Tour of the Loop 2011 Poster by Ross Felton

Near North Tours 2013 Poster by Ross Felton

Near South Side Mini-Tour

Near South Side Mini-Tour

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Aug
12
Sat
Tour of Evanston 2017 @ Noyes Cultural Arts Center
Aug 12 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Tour of Evanston 2015

Tour of Evanston 2015

12 miles north of Chicago’s Loop sits our northern neighbor, Evanston, IL. Like much of the north side of Chicago, the area was once the land of the Pottawatomie Nation and before them, other indigenous people that used the area mainly as a portage and to traverse to steadier, harder, dryer ground than the marshy wetlands, swamp forests and savannahs that occupied this section of the Great Lakes region. The first reference to the area now known as Evanston in more modern history is as the area of Gross Pointe, referring to a point jutting out into Lake Michigan and the area around it. Evanston is home to Northwestern University, which ranks with the best universities in the nation.  Today, Evanston is a thriving city with a population of over 75,000. It maintains a wide variety of build styles and architecture and an enduring and beautiful built landscape. From the mansions to the University, and from places of worship to places of business, Evanston is a city with a marvelous architectural history, and a great place to ride around. Come join us for a chance to learn about the southernmost entry in the North Shore communities, Evanston, IL.

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Sep
2
Sat
Prairie Tour Three 2017 @ Hamlin Park
Sep 2 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Prairie School of Architecture on Chicago’s Northeast Side

Praire Tour Two Poster

Praire Tour Two Poster

Chicago is well regarded for its diverse architecture, but is particularly fortunate to have many examples of Prairie School architecture.  The Prairie School of architecture is one of America’s indigenous art forms and the most iconic modern architectural style, and it originated in and around Chicago. Commonly identified for wide, low slung forms with overhung roofs, horizontal scale and elements and natural earth toned colors, the building style mimicked the environs from where it was born. Its greatest practitioners including Frank Lloyd Wright, Walter Burley Griffin, Dwight Perkins, George Maher and other giants of Prairie design left stunning examples of Prairie School architecture in institutional, commercial, religious and residential buildings throughout Chicago.   

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Oct
14
Sat
Tour of Lincoln Park 2017 @ Wrightwood Park
Oct 14 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Tour of Lincoln Park 2011 Poster

Tour of Lincoln Park 2011 Poster

Lincoln Park, Community Area 7 is 3 miles north of Chicago’s Loop. It occupies what is now some of the most desirable real estate and wealthy sections of the city, but it was certainly not always this way. Stretching from North to Diversey and from the Lake to the River, Lincoln Park is the star of the north side communities, and the location of some of the cities greatest cultural icons like the Chicago History Museum, the Lincoln Park Conservatory and the Lincoln Park Zoo. For our purposes, it offers a truly exceptional pallet of architectural finds with exquisite examples of nearly every Victorian Style, exceptional green space, a free 35 acre in-city zoo, lakefront trails and beaches and a virtual paradise in the city on what used to be largely cemetery land, or didn’t exist until the landfill made it. It is a dizzying array of beautiful architecture and a built environment that grew up in the ashes and rubble of the Great Fire. Put aside your notions of what Lincoln Park is today and join us for a story of what it was, and how it came to be.

 

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Nov
4
Sat
Tour of West Town 2017 @ Humboldt Park
Nov 4 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Tour of West Town 2012 Poster

Tour of West Town 2012 Poster

Tour of West Town 2011 Poster

Tour of West Town 2011 Poster

West Town, Community Area #24 sits 3 miles northwest of The Loop. In addition to the namesake neighborhood of West Town, the Community Area also contains neighborhoods like Wicker Park, Noble Square, part of Humboldt Park and Ukrainian Village amongst others.  The built environment in West Town is second to none and the challenge of a tour such as this is drilling down to the essentials when there are so many splendid examples of things to see and a good supply of parks, murals and neighborhood features beyond the architectural goodies.

 

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