Forgotten Chicago Cicero/Berwyn Walking Tour
Join Forgotten Chicago on our first walking tour of Cicero and Berwyn, two of the least understood and most overlooked communities in Chicagoland. Notably, we will explore West Cermak Road and its remarkable collection of local landmarks on one of the Chicago region's most intact early 20th century commercial strips. Additionally, we will examine different eras of storefront design, bank architecture (the area was once known as "Bohemian Wall Street," for its concentration of local Bohemian-owned banks), forgotten, and often intact, modernist architecture, along with the usual oddities included on every Forgotten Chicago tour.
Of course, we will tour the rich industrial history of the area. Western Electric and many other notable companies once operated factories in Cicero; we'll take a look at the remnants. Ethnic history and migration will be discussed, as well as interesting twists on the ubiquitous bungalow. Fittingly, we will end with an interior tour of Klas, a time-warp Bohemian restaurant/bar that has been in continuous operation for over 90 years.
When? Sunday July 28 at Noon. Rain or shine.
Where? The tour will meet and begin in front of the Cicero Pink Line station (Cermak/Cicero). It will conclude at Klas Restaurant, close to the 54/Cermak Pink Line station.
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.
Cicero Pink Line (Tour Start)
2134 S. Cicero Ave.
Cicero, IL 60804