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Tour of the Near West Side


Tour of the Near West Side

Time: March 29, 2014 from 11am to 3pm
Location: Union Park
Street: 1501 W Randolph
City/Town: Chicago, IL
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Event Type: architectural, social, historical
Organized By: Lee Diamond
Latest Activity: Mar 28, 2014

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The Near West Side is Community Area #28, sitting 2 miles west of the Loop. It is an area whose history is as long as Chicago’s.  It came of age in the Civil War era of Victorian buildings and a city that was coming into its own as it took on the world in industry.  It is bounded by the Chicago and Northwestern railroad to the north and 16th street to the south and by the South Branch of the Chicago River on the east and the Pennsylvania Railroad on the west. The Community is home to a number of prominent Chicago neighborhoods including Greektown, the Fulton River District, University Village, Little Italy, Maxwell Street, Tri-Taylor, Illinois Medical Center, the West Loop, West Loop gate and United Center Park, all within less than 6 square miles.


Much of this area was once part of the Hull House Neighborhood, named of course for America’s first Settlement House. When Jane Adams arrived, much of the area surrounding Hull House were slums, but fifty years prior, wealthy inhabitants of the Union Park neighborhood sought to create one of the city’s most exclusive neighborhoods in Chicago when it was seen as a refuge from the nearby Loop before it developed its own industries and commercial districts, and the wealthy residents of the area envisioned it as an escape from the dirty, overcrowded city heart to the immediate east.


The bike Tour of the Near West Side offers a fun exploration of the neighborhoods and tales of the history for the region and of the buildings we’ll visit designed by famed architects such as Hermann V. Von Holst, William LeBaron Jenney, Pond and Pond, Graham, Anderson, Probst and White, Hugh M. Garden and Holabird and Root.

Tour of Northwest Side for $9 | Tour of Near West Side and Poster for $12 | Tour of Near West Side Poster for $5


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Comment by Lisa Curcio on March 28, 2014 at 1:05pm

I never thought being proper meant not having a good time! :-)

Comment by Vilda on March 28, 2014 at 9:00am

Yeah, My Grandmother was very proper most times... But even she had a good time. :-)

Comment by Lisa Curcio on March 27, 2014 at 12:57pm

From  to conduct or comport (oneself) in a proper manner.  From Merriam Webster on-line dictionary:   to conduct (oneself) in a proper manner.

The question will be  what is proper? 

Comment by Vilda on March 27, 2014 at 12:38pm

Define behave?

Comment by Lee Diamond on March 25, 2014 at 10:34am

What now?  I always behave.

Comment by Lisa Curcio on March 25, 2014 at 10:07am

I am planning to bring a newbie.  I know this is a lot to ask, but could you all almost behave?

Comment by JustWill on March 2, 2014 at 9:47pm

I want the poster

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