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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 January 2016 we have crossed Chicago for 26 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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George Washington's 287th Birthday Walk Across Chicago

Léa French Street Food

*Note: Date changed to Sunday, February 24* Our very first U.S. President, George Washington, was born on February 22, 1732. We will honor his birthday by walking the length of Washington Blvd in Chicago. The walk will start in Oak Park, and then go through the neighborhoods of Austin, West Garfield Park, East Garfield Park, and the Near West Side before ending in the Loop.

General Philip Sheridan's 188th Birthday Walk Across Chicago

Since this is a crowded street and a short walk I an putting in a limit of attendees. Only RSVP if attending. If plans change please promptly change the RSVP. ------------------------ Extending 60 miles from Chicago's Diversey Parkway all the way to Racine Wisconsin, Sheridan Road takes its name from Philip Henry Sheridan, a Union Civil War general who later coordinated military relief in Chicago after the Great Chicago Fire. Widely regarded as a hero in his time, he is condemned for his brutal tactics by many historians today. While credited with helping to keep the peace in Chicago during a time of martial law, his scorched earth tactics during the Civil War destroyed much of the economic infrastructure of the Shenandoah Valley. Following his work in Chicago, his deployments out west were focused on keeping native tribes contained within reservations. In 1869 he reputedly responded to a Comanche Chief who claimed to be a "good Indian" by replying, "The only good Indians I ever saw were dead" - though Sheridan later denied having said this. Ken Burns' documentary "The National Parks: America's Best Idea" praises Sheridan's crusade to expand and protect Yellowstone National Park. Sheridan died at the age of 57 before he had the opportunity to pursue his presidential aspirations. We will observe Sheridan's 183rd birthday on Saturday March 9 (though it actually falls on March 6) and debate his mixed legacy while walking Sheridan Road's 7 mile stretch through some of Chicago's most compelling lakefront neighborhoods, including Lakeview, Uptown, Edgewater, and Rogers Park. Just a half mile into our walk we will visit the statue of Sheridan atop his Civil War steed Rienzi, and will have the opportunity to gaze into his stone eyes and try to better gauge his true character. Notably, this statue was created by Gutzon Borglum, just years before he began carving Mount Rushmore National Memorial. We are meeting indoors at Next Door Cafe (659 W. Diversey) at 9:23 AM, and leaving within a few minutes towards the start of Sheridan Road. Along the way we will also stop for lunch and make a few other stops depending on the group's interest.

Oak Woods Cemetery and South Chicago Ave

Robust Coffee Lounge

More details to come later. Meet at local coffee shop, walk through the Historic Oak Woods Cemetery then South Chicago Ave ending at Calumet Fisheries for lunch. Under 10 miles. More details to come. Save your questions. More details to come. Transportation details will not be coming because I believe in you and your map/navigational skills. Again, I repeat, more details to come. Save the questions until the details come. We will meet at Robust coffee, walk .6 miles to the entrance of Oak Woods Cemetery and take a quick 1 mile jaunt through the cemetery. Jay and I checked it out last weekend. It took us about an hour to walk a mile as there was so many cool things to see but I promise we wont dilly dally this time. After all, this group is called Walking Across Chicago and not Dilly Dallying Across Chicago although some times we do dilly but rarely do we dally. If cemeteries creep you out you can always meet us at the entrance (67th and Greenwood) around 9:45 am. If you choose this option, please post on the morning of so we know to wait for you. Leaving the ghosts behind we will proceed west on 67th to South Chicago avenue (67th become Marquette just before we hit SCA) and head south east to 95th. Still more details to come. hold your darn questions!

79th Street Walk

Dunkin' Donuts

This walk will start at the Dunkin' Donuts at 79th St & Cicero Ave, conveniently located at the western border of Chicago. We will walk through the community areas of Ashburn, Auburn Gresham, Greater Grand Crossing, Chatham, Avalon Park, and South Chicago before ending in South Shore. The walk will end at Rainbow Beach Park, which is located just east of South Shore Drive & 77th St. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/3FRamdcZgs52 Transit information: Directly served by the #79 CTA bus and the #379, #383, and #384 Pace buses.

Past events (68)

Central Avenue

Dunkin Donuts

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