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Guided Walking Tours of the Villa District

  • Sep 20, 2014 · 2:00 PM
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Every summer and fall, our friends at the Villa Improvement League offer guided walking tours of the neighborhood that present the history, architecture and special features of this Chicago Landmark District. This year some gardens and one house interior are included on the tour. The tours are conducted by Villa residents trained by Chicago Architecture Foundation docents.

The tours begin at 2 p.m. at the northeast corner of Addison Street (3600 North) and Pulaski Road (4000 West) and last between 90 minutes and two hours.

Street parking is available but be aware of permit parking on Harding Avenue. Reservations are recommended, with a limit of 30 attendees per tour. Group tours can be scheduled on other dates for groups of six or more.

Cost is $10, payable on the day of the tour. For more information or to confirm attendance, contact The Villa Improvement League via email at [masked].


In 2014, they are conducting tours on the following dates:

  • Sunday, June 22
  • Saturday, September 20
  • Sunday, October 12

NEW TOUR STARTING POINT and ROUTE! The Villa Improvement League has redesigned the route to add new homes, blocks and gardens to our eight-year-old tour.  So, if you’ve toured before, join them for a new look at the Villa. The tours start at the northeast corner of Addison and Pulaski at 2pm and last about two hours.

About the "Villa District"

A century-old neighborhood on Chicago's Northwest Side, the Villa is characterized by parkway streets, stone planters and distinctive examples of early 20th Century residential architecture. The Villa is a close-knit community of residents who enjoy working together to keep the neighborhood a great place to live. The district is on the National Register of Historic Places as well as a recognized City of Chicago Historic Landmark District. Journalist Mike Royko famously dubbed the neighborhood Chicago's "Polish Kenilworth", so come and see what the fuss is all about.

The Villa is featured in numerous magazines and books, and is a stop on Chicago Architecture Foundation bus tours. In 2007, the neighborhood marked its 100th anniversary with a centennial celebration complete with period costumes, horse and carriage rides and recorded oral histories. You can read more about the neighborhood here .

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  • Wally S.

    Was great, learned so much about an area that I have passed by almost all of my life. Great time!

    1 · September 22, 2014

  • Susan

    Good! There's another one coming up in October. Where will it be to? Mileage? Speed of hike?

    1 · September 20, 2014

  • Susan

    I am disappointed about the rain. I had both knees replaced last year and have to have ideal walking conditions. Mileage a little too far for conditions. Would be interested in the next one, when I am in less pain.

    1 · September 20, 2014

  • Dan

    Just spoke to the tour organizers – The tour will go on at 2PM

    September 20, 2014

  • Dawn

    Next tour is October 12.

    2 · September 20, 2014

  • Dawn

    I started out to go and it's raining very hard and windy so I'm going to pass today, will try and make the next tour.

    September 20, 2014

  • Diane

    I'm going to pass on this today. Its raining so hope this will be offered again sometime.

    1 · September 20, 2014

  • Carole P.

    I hope the stormy weather holds off until later. Do they reschedule due to the weather?

    1 · September 19, 2014

  • Valerie G.

    I always loved it and was surprised when I went back there a couple of years ago to find how little the street ( Marmora) had changed. Amazing!

    1 · September 16, 2014

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