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Cultural Geography Exploration: Edgewater

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Thorndale

1118 W. Thorndale Ave.

Chicago, IL 60660

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Join a rotating selection of our expert guides for a tour that will help you decipher Chicago's unique architectural quirks, distinctive infrastructure, and topographic clues to make educated inferences about your city surroundings.

Whether you use your newfound knowledge to impress dates, look cool in front of your mom, or as a foundation for creating history tours of your own, this tour (and accompanying handout) distills years of study into a quick, interesting walk that will open your eyes to the beauty and history around you.

Highlights include:

-- Street numbering, re-numbering, and how to tell what's been where for how long
-- Building materials: what's terracotta, what's Chicago brick, and what do those materials tell you?
-- Architectural styles and the secrets to dating the buildings around you
-- Remnants of past tenants: who lived in your neighborhood, when, and where were they from?
-- And much, much more!

On July 20 + 27, Chicago for Chicagoans is excited to welcome Ava Battocchio as our featured expert! Ava is a graduate student at Loyola University, and an enthusiast of transit history, grain elevators, industrial heritage, and vintage attire. She has a very impressive website that you can see here!

Tour developed by Patti Swanson and Laura Schuetz, with Phil Thompson of Cape Horn Illustration.



Chicago for Chicagoans happily exists as a "pay-what-you-can" tour service. A suggested tip of $10-20 per person is always appreciated, but reviewing us on Yelp, liking us on Facebook, spreading the word, and attending future tours tells us how much you love us too! We are a certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit that creates inclusive walking tours by & for Chicago residents, designed to represent the histories of all Chicagoans.

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