Forgotten Chicago Division Street Walking Tour
Join Forgotten Chicago, along with Pocket Guide to Hell, as we conduct our first tour focusing on one street. Studs Terkel's 1967 book "Division Street: America" was a milestone in urban sociology. We will explore this seminal thoroughfare in-depth, with its myriad identities from Paseo Boricua to "Polish Broadway." We'll also visit the Polonia Triangle, seen above right in 1955; the area around this bustling intersection is currently undergoing significant transformation.
The neighborhoods straddling Division Street are currently undergoing profound change, and many historic structures have disappeared in recent years. Forgotten Chicago and Pocket Guide to Hell are looking forward to exploring this dynamic street, and seeing what remains of its historic built environment. More information on "Division Street: America," along with more than 20 audio files related to this book, may be found here.
As we walk west along Division Street we will examine the remnants of Cabrini Green, industrial Goose Island, overlooked ethnic history, urban renewal, historic storefronts and more. Infrastructure, architecture, and remnants of past eras will be discussed along this historic street that has seen a tremendous amount of change over the years. In a way, Division Street is a microcosm of Chicago always changing, reinventing itself, building anew, but leaving little remnants of the past for folks like us to discover!
Simply identify yourself when you arrive for the tour -- no paper tickets necessary
When? Sunday May 19 at Noon. Rain or shine.
Where? The tour will begin from the Clark/Division Red Line station and will end near the intersection of California/Division (near the #70 Division and #52 Kedzie/California buses).
How Long? The tour will consist of approximately 3 1/2 miles of walking and will last about 3 hours.
How much? $15 per person. Advance purchase is required. No walk-ups. All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges. If severe weather cancels the tour, credit will be issued for use on a tour of equal value.
Tour Start - Clark/Division Red Line Station (NW Corner Clark/Division) (View)
100 W. Division Street
Chicago, IL 60610