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Howard Ure's 118th Birthday Walk Across Chicago

The ragged north border of Chicago is marked by a few different streets, most prominently Howard Street and Devon Street. January 13, which is the second coldest day in Chicago on average, happens to be the birthday of Howard Ure, the street's namesake. We'll observe Howard's birthday on Sunday, January 12, which is statistically a fraction of a degree warmer than the 13th, on average. So if you have a beard it will take that much longer to freeze over.

Howard Ure is from a family of early settlers in Rogers Park, starting with his grandfather John Calder Ure who came from Scotland to eventually purchase 17 acres in Rogers Park, and then his father John Francis Ure, who helped convince the village of Rogers Park to be incorporated into the city of Chicago.

Howard Street is at the northern border of the Edison Park, West Ridge, and Rogers Park neighborhoods. It also crosses through the suburbs of Niles and Lincolnwood.

Total distance:
9.7 miles

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Itinerary:

11 AM meet at Park Ridge Metra, 100 S. Summit Ave. Trains arrive from Harvard/Arlington Heights at 9:51, and from downtown Chicago at 10:57. We'll meet in front of the metra station on the Summit Avenue side.

Walk 1 mile north to Howard & Merrill (7800 W)

Walk 0.75 miles east from Howard & Merrill to Howard & Harlem (7200 W)

Continue 5 miles east on Howard through the suburbs of Niles and Lincolnwood back into Chicago at Howard & Kedzie (3200 W)

Walk 2.4 miles east to Howard & Eastlake Terrace (1300 W). We will pass the facade of the old Howard Theatre (1621 W) on the way.

***NOTE THAT STARTING POINT IS NOW PARK RIDGE METRA

The 290 bus runs from Howard and Clark all the way back to the Park Ridge Metra.


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  • H. R.

    I buy root beer. I drink hibiscus tea. I split a single chicken pastille with the other 2 surviving walkers mentioned before. I complain about having eaten the pizza and not holding out for more interesting fare. I recognize places I've been to before.I take pictures of the dark. I sink into 3 feet of a hole in the snow. I walk into a bar and bail on my companions for the past 14 miles. I may or may not have caught the red line going south. True story.

    1 · January 13, 2014

    • Deb M.

      Snow mountains did me in.

      January 13, 2014

  • H. R.

    I duct-tape my socks. I show up for walks with 4 people, soon to be 3 people. I buy breakfast sandwiches and chocolate milk for myself. The others know that that's my breakfast not theirs. I slip and slide when there's black ice on the road. I complain about the lack of food and drink on the way when there is no food and drink on the way. I ask what my fellow-walkers have been up to lately. I verify if they're cool. I flip a coin to see if I'm going to eat at a restaurant or not. I eat 4 slices out a a 7 slice pan pizza. I try to walk into a water reclamation plant.

    January 13, 2014

  • Deb M.

    Most excellent walk today. Thanks for organizing Rob! Interesting conversation, perfect weather, challenging terrain, sorry I bailed halfway through, though. My car was ticket free, so that was a relief! Wished I could have made it to the more interesting parts of Howard (read: where there was a beverage station :-)) Nice to meet everyone and hope to see you all again.

    1 · January 12, 2014

  • Deb M.

    Where exactly are you?

    January 12, 2014

    • Michael F.

      At the park ridge metra in the station house

      January 12, 2014

  • H. R.

    Dudes!! Am on a bus to the Park ridge Metra... I'm definitely coming. ...could you start slow please. .thanks! !

    January 12, 2014

  • Rob R.

    Tomorrow looks like the perfect day for a walk- we'll be threatened by neither cold nor epic thunderstorms. We'll meet by the front steps of the Park Ridge Metra station on the Summit Avenue side.

    1 · January 11, 2014

    • Michael F.

      It will be 50 degrees warmer than it was last Monday. I've always said that Howard St is the Florida of Chicago.

      1 · January 11, 2014

    • Deb M.

      yeah, no epic snow, epic cold or ice so bad you can't stand up long enough to get to your car...gotta love it!

      January 11, 2014

  • Robin

    I'm sorry I can't make it this Sunday. A volunteer opportunity in my field came up and I have to take it! Have a wonderful time on the walk!

    January 6, 2014

    • Rob R.

      Thanks for letting me know. Have a good time at the volunteer event, and hopefully we'll see you at another walk!

      January 6, 2014

  • Bonnie

    I have to change to "no" because it's not looking like I can make it! How do you all feel about "last minute" shows!?! (i.e. If I find out that morning I can come ... I'll be on the train to PR :)

    January 6, 2014

    • Rob R.

      No problem... the walk will go on regardless, but keeping us updated on your most likely plan is much appreciated!

      January 6, 2014

  • Bonnie

    I'll do my best to participate!

    1 · January 5, 2014

  • Eileen

    Would love to join this walk, but we will be skiing in Utah. Looking forward to the next adventure.

    January 3, 2014

    • Rob R.

      Thanks for joining! Have a great trip, and see you at a future walk.

      January 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are we able to take our (friendly) dogs on the walks?

    1 · December 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry, 1 more question since I am new. Do walks start in 1 spot and end in another so driving would be tough since you're not ending at the same spot you began?

      December 26, 2013

    • Rob R.

      You're right that walks don't end at the same spot they begin, though even us non-drivers have to find a way to get back home. On this walk, the 290 bus provides a very convenient return trip back to the start, though I'm not sure they allow dogs on the bus...

      December 26, 2013

  • Rob R.

    We are changing the starting point to the Park Ridge Metra at 100 S. Summit in Park Ridge. This is slightly closer to Howard than the other stop, and the 290 bus runs a convenient return trip from Howard and Clark all the way back with a stop right at the Park Ridge Metra station.

    December 26, 2013

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