Know Your Chicago 2022 Tour Season

Know Your Chicago 2022 Tour Season

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Exploring Chicago for 73 Years

About this event

The Know Your Chicago Committee takes great pride in welcoming you to our 73rd season of civic engagement with the Chicago community. This season once again offers in-person Tours and an expanded Symposium at a convenient downtown location.

2022 Schedule

Know Your Chicago Symposium at the Union League Club of Chicago's Lincoln Ballroom

September 7, 2022

Enhancing Tour One: Youth Sports Transforming Communities

Enhancing Tour Two: Pilsen: As Heart of Mexican Culture

Enhancing Tour Three: O'Hare: Transforming Chicago's Gateway to the World

Symposium-Only Presentation: Resiliency in a Time of Uncertainty

Symposium-Only Presentation: Applauding Edgar Miller

TOUR 1: Game Changer: How Youth Sports are Transforming Communities

September 21

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In some of our city’s most under-resourced neighborhoods, where even residents’ most diligent efforts and community pride can’t fully compensate for the societal hazards and economic perils that threaten the wellbeing of too many, an unexpected and powerful force is transforming children’s lives.

This tour demonstrates how a unique group of organizations are reinvesting in their communities through an array of sports centered enrichment programs specifically aimed to counteract risk factors in the youth they support. Join us as we showcase revitalization efforts thriving on playing fields, racquet courts, foam-matted rings, and putting greens throughout the city. We will explore transformative sports-based youth development programs to learn how, why, what, and where this is happening and hear about the remarkable impact on kids, families, and neighborhoods. We will discover how children from kindergarten through college, and even after, participate in powerful, research-proven, athletics based programs. These programs offer a safe haven, exceptional guidance, and critical support in social and emotional development, in addition to academics and crucial life skills.

Visits to XS Tennis, Metro Squash, and Beat the Streets will feature tours and demonstrations. Leaders at The Bloc, Lost Boyz, First Tee, and others will share their own life experiences — and how they are collaborating and sharing resources to change the culture of youth sports.

Shown through the eyes of dedicated founders, coaches, counselors, mentors, and aspiring student-athletes, this tour presents a brighter future for our entire city, and will be an eye-opening, inspiring day you don’t want to miss.

TOUR 2: Pilsen: A Heart of Mexican Culture

September 28 or September 29

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Pilsen, once home to thousands of Czech immigrants, is today the hub of Mexican culture in Chicago. This vibrant neighborhood is full of families who know each other and walk their children to school, art galleries lining the streets, stunning murals from the 1970s painted on buildings, and lively restaurants found on nearly every block. Today, Pilsen continues to hold onto its identity as developers attempt to move in and change the atmosphere of this proud, cohesive neighborhood.

If you don’t get to Mexico, let Mexico come to you! Pilsen also boasts the National Museum of Mexican Art with an 18,000 piece collection, including significant examples of Mexican art, that attracts visitors from around the world while serving its community through outreach programs. Led by a museum curator, we will have a private tour of the “Dios de Los Muertos” exhibition that honors and celebrates the lives of lost loved ones with work by artists from both sides of the border.

Join us as we walk the neighborhood with our own personal guide describing the stories behind the street murals. And you won’t want to miss the culmination of our day — lunch at a delicious, authentic Mexican local restaurant with a chef mentored by restaurateur Rick Bayless.

Come explore with us the art, architecture, food, and people of this one-of-a-kind Chicago neighborhood.

This is a shorter tour day, ending at about 1:30 pm, with bus transport to the Ogilvie Transportation Center after your exciting time and delicious lunch in Pilsen.

TOUR 3: O'Hare: Transforming Chicago's Gateway to the World

October 13 or October 14

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O’Hare International, for a time the world’s busiest airport, puts Chicago “on the map.”

It has always been a marker of our great city and the number one economic engine for the state. With our city facing so many challenges and searching for opportunities, investing in this asset is key to Chicago’s future success. Not only is O’Hare a gateway through which Chicagoans can visit the rest of the world, but it also brings the rest of the world to us.

Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of O’Hare’s $8.5 billion infrastructure project in mid-transformation. Learn how improved roads, runways, and additional gates will ease congestion for cars and planes. Hear plans to reimagine terminals to bring opportunities for more restaurants, shops, and amenities. Imagine the increased ease for the traveling public that strategically placed moving walkways, streamlined baggage handling, and easy-to-navigate security check points will offer.

Listen as expert guides detail the complexities of orchestrating these big ticket projects to ensure the modernization project begun in 2005 will guarantee Chicago’s future position in domestic and international commerce.

For the past two years, we’ve been dreaming of traveling again. Now we can finally spread our wings and journey to both exotic and familiar lands. O’Hare is our gateway on that journey—come learn how it will be part of the adventure.

Although we will not be in the terminals, all attendees will be required to go through airport security and show picture ID.