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  • Aug 25, 2013 · 11:45 AM
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update: tickets are sold out. If any member can't attend, feel free to list your ticket for sale in the comment section below.
Discover the cultural roots of Maxwell St neighborhood as a thriving immigrant haven and the birthplace of Chicago Blues! P
ublic tour hosted by Joyce Walks Chicago. Bucket List members and a guest get 60 percent off!

Maxwell Street fromBabushkas to Blues ♫
The Maxwell Street neighborhood served as a gateway for many immigrant groups that came to work on the railroads, in the infamous union stockyards, and in other factories. Visit the Ellis Island of the Midwest on a trip through time and culture on Maxwell Street. See relics remaining from the area’s Eastern-European Jewish population, including the former site of the famous open-air pushcart market. Learn about the decades following WWII, when pushcarts became replaced with street musicians playing a new style of gospel and blues. Stop at landmarks made famous by Maxwell Street blues legends like Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. And top it off with the bizarre history of how the street was moved—twice—without losing its cool.

we'll see

how to join us

  1. READ event details.
  2. RSVP YES include UP TO ONE guest
  3. Advance purchase is required. Tours often sell out!

    your ticket

    - Select the child ticket for $10.00

    - "Enter a Message to the Seller" type Meetup Bucket List.

guided tour cost
regular cost $26 60% off!
Bucket List Members and guests, $10 per person 
Note: Gratuity is not included, but appreciated

know before you go

  • public tour hosted by Joyce Walks Chicago
  • who is invited: Members and guests
  • questions? see FAQ
  • dress for the weather.
  • Joyce Walks Chicago Reviews
  • covers approximately 2 miles at a leisurely pace
  • runs 2 - 2.5 hours

map & location

Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of ticket/s.

  • begins outside the UIC/Halsted Blue Line “El” Station 430 S. Halsted.
  • ends at the Jane Addams Hull House Museum 800 S. Halsted.

how to get there

terms & important info.

See Bucket List Adventures Policies and our Disclaimer that apply to all events.

Photo: Meyer Levinson, in front of his butcher shop,
on Maxwell Street in Chicago circa 1904.

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  • Sue

    I have an extra ticket. If anyone is interested in purchasing it for $10, send me an email. Thanks.

    August 20, 2013

  • Mary

    If you already purchased a ticket(s) but find that you cannot make it, I would like to buy 1-2 tickets. I am waitlisted.

    August 13, 2013

    • Mary

      Hi Larina, Great! I would love to attend. I will be glad to send you a $10 bill in the mail also, or see if I can return the favor. How do I use your ticket, do you know?

      August 20, 2013

    • Larina B.

      Hi. I will forward the email with all the ticket information. If you don't have it in a few minutes, please let me know.

      August 20, 2013

  • Ali ☀.

    Free Sunday Parking in Chicago started July 7, 2013

    1 · July 17, 2013

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