Bronzeville Walk

This walk will stop by several of the monuments listed in the Chicago Landmarks African-American History Tour.

The walk is 4.4 miles long.

Mapquest estimates that it will take 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Here is the plan:  The Route

Landmarks include:

  • The Defender Building
  • Pilgrim Baptist Church
  • The Chicago Bee Building
  • The Supreme Life Building
  • Ida B. Wells-Barnett House
  • and if you stick to the end... The Stephen A. Douglas Tomb

 

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  • Wendell R.

    The walk was an excellent slice of historic Bronzeville. I look forward to exploring the neighborhood further!

    2 · May 26, 2013

    • Wendell R.

      Thank you guys for the very kind comments! I enjoyed walking with you and learning about the neighborhood:) Looking forward to our next walk!

      June 3, 2013

    • Therie

      Really enjoyed your pictures, Wendell!

      3 · June 4, 2013

  • Sarah

    Check out Rick Kogan's piece on Camp Douglas (from yesterday's Tribune) http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/ct-ae-0602-kogan-sidewalks-20130531,0,5371642.column

    2 · June 3, 2013

  • Henri B.

    Running a bit late. Will have to catch up with you.

    May 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Well organized and narrated by Kashush. I'm a native Chicagoan but only knew a little about the history of Bronzeville. This tour made me curious to know more about the area. Thanks a bunch!

    1 · May 27, 2013

  • Steve

    Kashush - great job on the Bronzeville walk. I learned a lot about the history of Bronzeville. I appreciate all your hard work organizing the walk and your research of the neighborhood. Kudos !

    3 · May 27, 2013

  • Ann C.

    Bronzeville walk goes into the "best walks" category. I appreciate all the research kashush did and then shared with us. We saw things that I never would have seen on my own. And, I came away with more knowledge than I had when I started. I'd do one of her tours again in a heartbeat.

    2 · May 27, 2013

  • Lisa

    Karina (sp?), excellent tour of a neighborhood I've always wanted to see. Thanks for sharing all your research. Anyone who knew of other points of interest or facts could have asked for the mic and shared with the group to enrich the experience for all. Looking forward to another one!

    4 · May 26, 2013

  • Vanessa

    I think the guide did an excellent job. I learned a lot I didn't know. Some of those sites r not far from where I live and I didn't know the history behind them. No tour covers everything.

    I am grateful for our guide.

    2 · May 26, 2013

  • Kathy

    Dear Leslie, you should be appreciative that someone takes the time to do it--hands down if you wanted to you should have planned it! Please be thankful for what we are given instead of looking at faults.

    2 · May 26, 2013

  • Therie

    I love these tours because they are free (and stress-free) and inclusive. The abundance of interesting, quality, low-cost, and available things to do is one of the reasons I moved to Chicago. I have learned so much from tour leaders and walkers alike and there is so much to see on the walks. I personally like to take pictures, vintage things, Chicago-based industry, and persons of scandal and ill repute. I started collecting printouts of the routes (what treasures) and bookmarking links for 're-dos' in my own time, but it is invariably more fun with a group. A cop stopped us yesterday and asked what we were up to. She thought our walk was neat and told us "have fun - and be safe." Cool.

    4 · May 26, 2013

  • Millie

    Kashush I would go on any other tour you lead.

    Your book carrier,
    Millie

    May 26, 2013

  • angela c.

    wonderful had a good time learned a lot about the history of bronzeville. looking forward to many more walks.

    May 26, 2013

  • George C.

    Excellent tour!

    May 26, 2013

  • George C.

    The walk was beautiful! I had an enjoyable time and I look forward to meeting with this group again! Thank you, Kashush, for the great tour!

    May 26, 2013

  • Therie

    Great walk, Kashush, great tour! I appreciate all the research you put into it and the pictures. I'm always glad to make these walks. Great company to explore places I would never see otherwise. It was a lot easier to find than I thought - the bus stopped just a few blocks away.

    2 · May 25, 2013

  • angela c.

    thank you for a wonderful day and the great information about bronzeville really enjoyed my day.

    1 · May 25, 2013

  • Donna

    Thank you Kashush for hosting today's walk. You informed us with information that we now have and can share with others. Really looking forward to your next walk.......thanks so much!

    1 · May 25, 2013

  • Ann C.

    Tough walk but it was great.

    1 · May 25, 2013

  • Therie

    (11:15) 37th & Wabash

    1 · May 25, 2013

    • Michaela

      Thank you for posting your location along the route.

      2 · May 25, 2013

  • Darla

    Great!

    1 · May 25, 2013

  • Diana G.

    Another enjoyable walk. lots great information.

    1 · May 25, 2013

  • Therie

    S Indiana between 31st & 32nd. Heading southbound (10:40)

    1 · May 25, 2013

  • Maria

    Where is everybody?

    May 25, 2013

  • Morisa W.

    Moving to Chicago in 2 weeks. Can't wait to be a part of this.

    May 25, 2013

  • eman

    omg,i joined the group just now, have a nice time...wish i could join u ....good day

    1 · May 25, 2013

  • Nilla

    Sorry had to cancel last minute due to unexpected houseguest.

    May 25, 2013

  • Nilla

    So sorry but need to cancel. Have unexpected houseguest for the weekend. See you next time.

    May 25, 2013

  • Natalie

    south side resident on public transportation (red line). maybe a little challenging to get to the beach to meet up with everyone.

    May 25, 2013

  • Danette

    Sorry, unexpected relatives visiting. See you next time!

    May 25, 2013

  • Cinnamon G.

    too difficult with public transport, would be over an hour each way...

    May 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Please change your reservation to "No"

      1 · May 24, 2013

  • Linda W.

    4 1/2 miles is a little too much for me. I'm thinking of parking at the Olivet Baptist chrch and joining y'all there and then walking down MLK northback to the church. That cuts out about 1 1/4 miles of the walk (to and from the beach house). Anyone else interested in this?

    May 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      ditto, two of us will meet others at 31st and King and avoid the chilly lakeside and 1 of the miles.

      May 24, 2013

  • Julie

    I've read the comments and still not sure which park/ lot we are meeting at. East or west of LSD? Thanks

    May 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      west of the bike lane and just south of 31st street. Look for the large group.

      May 24, 2013

  • Linda W.

    I'm sorry I have to cancel. I drove the route this afternoon and it looks like a marvelous walk.

    May 24, 2013

  • Jill W

    With the parade and red line cancellations, it seems too hard to get there. Hope to make it another time!

    May 24, 2013

  • angela c.

    if this route is as follows i will park on michigan and meet ev1 at the defender building. dont think i could walk from the lake.parking is tight so mparking on the street is better.see ev1 tomorow

    May 24, 2013

  • R G.

    Unable to make it this time. Hopefully that next gathering will be an easier commute and ample parking.

    May 24, 2013

  • johnelis

    I'll try to make it, I"m close - live at 55th street right off LSD.

    May 24, 2013

  • Isabelle

    unfortunately I won't be able to make it. Have fun!

    May 24, 2013

  • Jayne E.

    I find I have to work tomorrow. Hope you all enjoy the walk!

    May 24, 2013

  • anita t.

    I'll be coming on the Metra from ssuburbs, how do I get to 31st St?

    March 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      The red line and green line stop at 35th Street. Bus 35 can drive you to Rhodes and 33rd street. From there walk north on Rhodes (there is a foot path) at first and east on 31St Street.

      May 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      The Metra Electic goes to 27th Street and connects to the #3 bus. http://metrarail.com/...­

      May 22, 2013

  • Fong

    Hello! We're meeting at the parking lot right off Lake Shore Drive and 31st correct? Google map indicates different locations. I just want to make sure since I'm directionally challenged:-)

    April 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      We are meeting in the parking lot on the northwest end of the park. It is west of the bike path and just south of 31st street.

      May 22, 2013

  • Wahabi Ishola S.

    I hope to be there on Saturday 25, 2013 at 1:00pm to walk.

    May 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      The walk is at 10am, not 1pm.

      May 22, 2013

  • Victoria

    Sorry won't be able to make it after all. Am gong out of town for holiday weekend. Maybe next walk...

    May 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Please be responsible and change your reservation to NO.

      May 22, 2013

  • R G.

    I will be driving in from the far southwest suburbs...can anyone tell me if there is any parking in the area?

    May 21, 2013

    • as

      Hi all - like all of the beaches in chicago, there is ample metered parking. SInce 31st street was recently re-done, there is both a garage parking as well as spaces. the 31st st meters take all coins (except pennies of course :) ) and debit/credit cards. FYI, if it's like last year, on busy days, they sometimes close the garage parking section for only boat owners (boo!), so just be prepared that the other spaces may be full and you'll need to park on the street and walk across the bridge. Absolutely fine

      1 · May 22, 2013

    • as

      btw, you can park as long as you want, as long as you pay. There's no 2 hour limit

      May 22, 2013

  • Victoria

    Sorry won't be able to make it after all. Am going out of town for holiday weekend. Maybe next walk...

    May 20, 2013

  • Wahabi Ishola S.

    Where are we going to be meet and pleased let the people knows.

    May 20, 2013

  • Lucy

    Just realized Saturday is the Soldier Field 10K...and looks like parts of LSD is closed starting at 5am (57th to 31st street). I am sure things will be clear by the time we need to meet at 10am, but just an fyi, incase there are still road closures, etc. Here is the link: http://soldierfield10.com/event...

    1 · May 19, 2013

    • Lucy

      1 · May 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I will ride my bike from Wabash East on Cermack, south onMartin Luther King Drive and finally East on 31st Street.

      May 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Where should I park?? I'm not from the area...

    May 19, 2013

  • Cinnamon G.

    Wondering, if its hard to get there by CTA, is there someone who can swing by metra downtown or a cta stop and pick up some people like me who don't have cars?

    May 18, 2013

    • Tracey H.

      The #3 CTA bus stops at 31st and King Drive which is about 6 blocks from the 31st Street beach entrance

      1 · May 19, 2013

    • Lucy

      I will be driving down to 31st from the north side. I could swing by Metra and pick up some people. Let me know if you would like a ride.

      May 19, 2013

  • R G.

    Is there ample and safe parking? I think I'd like to take this journey: sounds like fun! Besides that, I've yet to venture into this part of the city. It would make for an adventurous photo walk.

    May 19, 2013

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