Stroll Chicago’s 66 on the 6th – Walking Tour Schedule

From most recent to oldest, here are the plans–and journal posts–of the Stroll Chicago’s 66 on the 6th Walking Tours!

  • 6 December 2011 -Starting time: 1:06 p.m. (66 minutes after noon!)- State Street, Route 66, and Christkindlmarkt. START: Harold Washington Library Center, . All participants in the tour will pay a discounted price equal to 66% of the regular $18.00 per person cost—that is only $12.00 per guest for a 2-hour adventure.

    This month, we will explore the sights and history of Chicago’s State Street–that Great Street–from its days as a pioneer trail, its transformation into the city’s preeminent shopping district, and its current reformation into an eclectic mix of residential, university, and downsized retail use. We will talk about its special holiday season attractions through the years and end with a visit to the home of the Marshall Field store (now known by another name), Block 37, and the current German-themed seasonal festival–Christkindlmarkt–at Daley Plaza. Of course, we will talk about Route 66 along the way!
    Reservations required.

    To register, send an email to: dave@windycityroadwarrior.com. Or Contact Me Here: http://windycityroadwarrior.com/Contact.html

    You can also send me a twitter message Follow windycityroad on Twitter or call me at 312-432-1284.

    Tour subject to cancellation if fewer than 6 reservations are received by 12/5/11. The first six people to make reservations will receive a FREE set of five full-color Route 66 postcards!

  • 6 November 2011 -Starting time: 12:06 p.m. (66 minutes after 11 a.m.!)- Michigan Avenue, Jackson Boulevard, and Adams Street. START: Chicago Hilton Hotel, 720 S. Michigan Ave. All participants in the tour will pay a discounted price equal to 66% of the regular $18.00 per person cost—that is only $12.00 per guest for a 2-hour adventure.

    This month, we will explore the sights and history of Chicago’s Illinois Central Railroad Station site and the grand hotels along south Michigan Avenue, and the Route 66 thoroughfares (Jackson and Adams). From the railroad era through the Route 66 era, Michigan Avenue and Jackson Boulevard were the main destinations for tourists and visitors in Chicago. This tour will trace the history of lodgings, rail stations, and other attractions that brought the world to Chicago’s “route center.”
    We will walk north along Michigan Avenue and discuss the Blackstone, the Congress, the Auditorium, the Richelieu, and the Stratford Hotels. Along the way, we will discuss “smoke-filled rooms,” labor unrest, Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright, and the changing face of Chicago.
    Turning west on Jackson, we will see the original starting point of Route 66, Chicago’s most musical corner, and the site of former luxury hotels: the Wellington, designed by Henry Ives Cobb; Burnham & Root’s Great Northern and Majestic; and Boyington and Jenney’s Grand Pacific. The tour will end at Adams and LaSalle, where the former Midland Hotel lives on as the W, and a bank building designed by D.H. Burnham & Company is now home to the J.W. Marriott. By the end of our walk, we will have a thorough understanding of why this corridor has been home to Chicago’s visitors for 140 years.
    Reservations required.

    To register, send an email to: dave@windycityroadwarrior.com. Or Contact Me Here: http://windycityroadwarrior.com/Contact.html

    You can also send me a twitter message Follow windycityroad on Twitter or call me at 312-432-1284.

  • 6 October 2011 -Starting time: 6:06 p.m. (66 minutes after 5!)- Dearborn Station and Dearborn Street, plus BAR CRAWL stops at the Bars at the Berghoff and Miller’s Pub. START: Polk and Dearborn Streets. All participants in the tour will pay a discounted price equal to 66% of the regular $18.00 per person cost—that is only $12.00 per guest for a 2-hour adventure.

    This month, we will explore the sights and history of Chicago’s Dearborn Station and corridor on and around Route 66. We will walk a street that was a notorious red light district at the turn of the 20th century. We will visit architectural marvels such as the Monadnock Building, the Federal Center, and the Marquette Building. We will finish the tour with visits to the famous Bar at the Berghoff and then at Miller’s Pub.
    Reservations required.

    To register, send an email to: dave@windycityroadwarrior.com. Or Contact Me Here: http://windycityroadwarrior.com/Contact.html

    You can also send me a twitter message Follow windycityroad on Twitter or call me at 312-432-1284.

    Tour subject to cancellation if fewer than 6 reservations are received by 10/5/11. The first six people to make reservations will receive a FREE set of five full-color Route 66 postcards!

  • 6 September 2011 — Near West Side and Greektown. Start: Jackson and Jefferson. 15 adventurers joined me at 1:06 p.m. (66 minutes after Noon!) for a leisurely walk starting in front of the 600 W. Jefferson Building:
    DH Burnham, 600 W Jackson Bldg, designed for Otis Elevator

    This buiding was designed by DH Burnham and served as the assembly plant for Otis Elevator.

    This was originally the location of the Otis Elevator assembly plant. We went west to admire two additional Jackson Boulevard buildings now known as Haberdasher Square Condominiums that used to be headquarters for Wurlitzer, A. B. Dick, and Hart, Schaeffner & Marx.

    We walked a block of DesPlaines Street up to Adams–a stretch that was part of Route 66 for nine months back in 1953. We admired Old St. Pat’s Church and crossed the bridge over the Kennedy Expressway over to Greektown.

    Tailor Lofts with newly restored clock tower

    Tailor Lofts, renovated as off-campus housing for University of Illinois-Chicago students, sports a newly restored clock tower

    We walked down Greektown Row to admire the restaurants and discuss how this area came together in 1969 after the old Greek Delta was torn down for building the University of Illinois Chicago campus. Passing the beautiful neon sign of the Athenian Candle Company, we went west on Jackson to Tailor Lofts, a newly-restored former clothing factory that is now off-campus housing for college students.

    A few blocks west, we walked by Bays English Muffins and the site of the Fannie May Candy Factory, currently being transformed into a retail complex that will be home to a Target Store. We ended our pleasant walk-and-talk at Mary Bartelme Park on Adams between Peoria and Aberdeen Streets with a refreshing walk through the misting fountain:

    Misting Fountain at Mary Bartelme Park

    Misting Fountain at Mary Bartelme Park

    The park opened in 2010, and has been a welcome gathering place in the West Loop community. Although the creation of the park meant demolition of a historic structure–the last building remaining from the Eye and Ear Infirmary–vestiges of the old building’s ornamentation are displayed throughout the park.

    It was a fun and informative walk through Chicago’s West Loop and Greektown on Chicago’s Route 66! Those who missed it–we will likely try this tour again sometime next year on the 6th of some month. Stay tuned!