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This group celebrates the birthdays of the inspirations for Chicago’s great streets, by walking the entire length of each street. The streets serve as a narrative thread weaving together disparate communities, industrial remnants and new developments, history and mystery. As of August 2019 we have crossed Chicago for 70 consecutive months, covering streets such as Belmont (11 miles), Lincoln (7 miles), King Drive (12 miles), Lake Street (8 miles), and Western Avenue (24 miles). Walks feature numerous stops at interesting locations on the way, generally chosen “on the spur.”

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Perimeter of Chicago Part 4

130th and Indiana Ave

Phase 4 of the Perimeter. The southern perimeter of Chicago will be a little challenging. There are stretches where there isn't many restaurants or public places to gather. We will begin at Indiana and 130th Street and venture west and slightly north. Between 2.5 and 3 miles we will make a stop at a Dunkin at 1400 W. 127th Street for our caffeine jolt.

This walk is timed to start at the arrival of Pace Bus 353 which begins at the 95th red line.

The walk will be about 10 miles long. At the end there will be places to eat but I do suggest bringing some snacks.

We will end at the same place the last walk ended which is 111th and Cicero.

Some of the bordering communities will be Alsip, Blue Island, Calumet Park, and Calumet City.

Damen South Side


We will walk the South part of Damen which starts at 101st Street and goes to 47th Street. The next day we will do the north stretch of Damen which some of us did 7 years ago.

We will meet at the Starbucks at 1933 W 103rd Street which is right next to the 103rd Street Beverly Hills Metra Station. Most will get there by the metra which is scheduled to leave Lasalle Street at 10:10 arriving at Beverly Hills at 10:36.

There are a couple of zigs in Damen but it is like most chicago streets a straight shot.

A tip of the hat goes to Tracy Jo who suggested doing this stretch.

Father Arnold Damen's 207th Birthday Walk Across Chicago

Sol Cafe

The Chicago Fire of 1871 started within blocks of the Holy Family Catholic Church, which was founded by Father Arnold Damen at the intersection of Roosevelt and May. Though Damen was in New York City when he heard news of the fire, he fell to his knees and prayed. He presumably vowed that if God spared his parish church from the fire, a light would be kept burning in the church for all time. As if by miracle, the southwest wind turned the flames away from the church and towards downtown. To this day, the Holy Family Catholic Church still stands, and the promised light- now electric lightbulbs rather than candles- is still on. Damen also founded St. Ignatius High School and Loyola University. In 1927, the City of Chicago renamed Robey Street for Damen.

Observing Father Damen's 207th birthday, we will traverse the Rogers Park and Bowmanville neighborhoods along Damen, steering around the Misericordia Home and Rosehill Cemetery, before continuing on a straight unbroken path through Ravenswood, North Center, Roscoe Village, Lakeview, Bucktown, Wicker Park, Ukranian Village, West Town, Tri Taylor, Little Village, and McKinley Park. Though Damen continues between 47th and 101st streets, we will make it as far as Pershing (39th), or 14.5 of the street’s 22 mile length. The Orange Line’s 35th/Archer stop is just blocks away. As always, we'll stop for lunch along the way. For a map of the complete walk route, see https://goo.gl/maps/BSNHc .

To reach the starting point:

A) The Red and Yellow Line CTA trains end at Howard.
B) The Purple Line CTA train runs from Evanston on the weekends and also ends at Howard.
C) The Pace 215 and 290 buses connect the near north suburbs to the Howard CTA stop.

From the Howard CTA stop, the starting point is just east (towards the lake) down the block.

May Street Part Deux


More details to come when I feel ready.

We're walking south so we can stop for lunch at The Duck Inn. I will make a reservation based on the number of attendees so if you do not plan on making this event, be respectful and dont RSVP.


The walk should be less than 7 miles if I dont get everyone lost with all the twists and turns of this so-very-not-through street.

We will also pass my very favorite ice cream shop along the way at Racine and taylor. https://www.kurimuchicago.com/

As of the event creation date the Duck Inn is open for lunch/brunch on Sundays. If this changes I will edit the event details accordingly.

Past events (107)

Henry W. Austin's 158th Birthday Walk Across Chicago


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