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New Meetup: Discover Albany Park!!

From: Tom B.
Sent on: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 1:49 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Windy City Explorers!

What: Discover Albany Park!!

When: Sunday, August 15,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Francisco El Stop - Brown Line
4648 N. Francisco Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

Please join us for a sunny Sunday in Albany Park, along with thousands of other ethnically diverse people from around the globe! Albany Park is a terrific neighborhood on the city's northwest side, generally centered near the intersection of Lawrence & Kimball. It's easily accessible by public transportation. We'll gather at the park across from the Francisco Brown Line Stop (not the Kimball stop) at 1pm. Exit the train, grab your coffee right there at Merle's Coffee Shop and cross the street to Ravenswood Manor Park which is our gathering location. We'll start at the park and continue on a three mile hike through this terrific neighborhood.

Albany Park was settled as early as the late 1860's, but really took off in the first ten years of the 1900's as the elevated line was extended to Lawrence and Kimball. Albany Park is named after Albany, New York, hometown of streetcar magnate Delancey Louderback. Today, Albany Park is a vibrant community known as one of the most ethnically diverse areas in the entire city.

In addition to the quaint shopping district along Lawrence Avenue, including Korea Town, we will also explore the Ravenswood Manor Historic District, Kedzie Avenue Restaurant Row, the Cambodian American Heritage Museum and North Park University. After the event, some of us will gather at a local watering hole in Albany Park to toast the sights we've encountered on our tour.

Keep an eye on this event posting for further links and information as the date draws near. I also hope to schedule a brunch for those who wish to arrive early in time for a pre-event meal with us. Look for that event posting separately in this Meetup site.

You can click this link to download and view a copy of our route.

You can click this link to download and view an aerial photograph of our meeting spot.

Enjoy this advance video tour link to prepare yourself for our adventure! I became really excited about this neighborhood upon watching the video.

You can also check out this Albany Park History Link at the Albany Chamber of Commerce Website

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