Gold Coast & Washington Square Walk

Joe Steffen will lead a 2 hour, 3.2 mile walk past over 50 surviving 19th-century mansions and townhouses in the Gold Coast and Washington Square historic districts, which from a distance look like all high-rise condo buildings, following this route. We will walk even if it is raining, so bring an umbrella or poncho. Please do not bring your dog.

Directions: CTA: Take the Red Line to Clark/Division, or the 22 or 36 bus.
Driving: Take Lake Shore Drive to the North Ave. exit, go west to Clark St., and south to Division St. Street parking last year was $4/hour, 2 hours max, or there is a parking garage on State St. north of Division St.

If you have a smart phone and are good with maps, touching the meet up location shows a map with a pinpoint on the exact location. Touching the phrase “following this route" shows the route map so you can try to find us if you are late.

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  • Mary A.

    Unfortunatfly crowd too big so little talking prob best to limit space? Joe Thank you again for wonderful effort!!

    1 · May 1

  • Melanie

    Thanks so much!

    1 · April 29

  • Rita

    Great!!! lovely people lovely time.

    1 · April 28

  • essar

    Great day!, Great walk! Thanks Joe!

    1 · April 28

  • Jennie C.

    Awesome time!

    3 · April 27

  • Myrna

    Great!!

    1 · April 27

  • Leanne

    Great walk, many interesting buildings! Thanks to Joe for a well organized tour, to Hariison for the tip of whereabouts ;-))

    3 · April 27

  • Melissa

    Well that was fun!

    2 · April 27

  • Judi G.

    Great walk. Loved those old mansions and apartment buildings.

    2 · April 27

  • Napoleon U.

    Great tour as always.

    1 · April 27

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ah, yes--my confirmation e-mail says Sun Apr 27, 2014 2pm – 4pm (EDT)

    1 · April 27

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to be a no-show. I was certain it started at 2:00.

    1 · April 27

  • steve h.

    Astor and banks

    April 27

  • Sylvia

    So sorry to miss this, in progress so unable to change rsvp

    April 27

  • Jason S

    Anyone have current location? I'm at Division & State right now.

    April 27

  • Harrison

    Headed south (assume to Washington Square)

    April 27

  • Harrison

    Dearborn and Oak

    April 27

  • Saamir

    Just got here! Was wondering about the current location :)

    April 27

  • Leanne

    I just arrived. Where are you all now? Thx

    April 27

  • Brian

    I anticipate ill be 5-7 minutes late. What is the beginning part of the route?

    April 27

  • Saamir

    Running 20 mins late! :(

    April 27

  • steve h.

    O man, don't think I'll make it in time. I should've planned better for the traffic . So sorry

    April 27

  • Brian

    Didnt anticipate blueline diversion. Hopei make it in time.

    April 27

  • Steve

    Running late again. May not make it.

    April 27

  • steve h.

    Looking forward to this, hope it doesn't rain

    April 27

  • Kerrie

    So sad I have to miss. I have pneumonia, ear infection & sinus infection. One day I will make these

    April 26

  • Isabelle

    I'm so sad that I will miss several walks because I fractured my ankle and will be in a soft cast until mid to late May:(. Once I'm back to normal I will attend! Joe does such a nice job putting these walks together.

    April 13

    • Marilyn

      Ouch! Hope your recovery will be quick!

      April 21

    • Eilene

      Sorry you have to miss...have been wearing a soft compression cast on my leg for several weeks and it really does affect walking...hope you heal fast.

      April 26

  • TomG

    I am still sick and have to miss this walk also.

    April 26

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