Wicker Park free walks this weekend

Free tours are part of the Chicago Spaces and Places 10th annual event and in celebration of the Chicago Landmark Ordinance’s 40th anniversary.

May 17-- Milwaukee Ave. Landmark District — Immigrants’ Path To Prosperity
Milwaukee Avenue Landmark district, in the heart of Wicker Park’s hot, trendy commercial strip, is Chicago’s newest Landmark area. The tour begins in an architectural treasure at Milwaukee/ Damen/ North, currently the MidWest Bank. An orientation session in the new Bucktown/Wicker Park Library will be the second stop before strolling down the Indian path turned toll road where architecturally significant buildings stand proudly anxious to tell the immigrant tales of life in one of Chicago’s earliest neighborhoods. Time: 12:45 – 3:15 pm Starts at : MidWest Bank Lobby, 1601 N. Milwaukee Ave.

May 18-- Wicker Park Landmark District–The Neighborhood that Changes but Stays the Same
Take a journey thru time and space in the heart of the Wicker Park Landmark district beginning in historic St. Paul’s Norwegian Lutheran Church at 2215 W. North Ave. “Meet” many of the early residents and see their architecturally diverse buildings. Then walk around the award winning Park and gardens as you learn about its role in the development of this economically and culturally diverse Chicago neighborhood. Time 2:00 – 4:00 pm Starts at : St. Paul’s Church, 2215 W. North Ave.

Elaine Coorens, 30 year resident of Wicker Park and author of Wicker Park from 1673 Thru 1929 and Walking Tour Guide will conduct the tours. For more information or to sign up in advance call 773.235.8688 or email your name, number of people and a contact phone number to ecoorens@ccisite.com – reservations are limited.

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