Howard Ure's 118th Birthday Walk Across Chicago

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The ragged north border of Chicago is marked by a few different streets, most prominently Howard Street and Devon Street. January 13, which is the second coldest day in Chicago on average, happens to be the birthday of Howard Ure, the street's namesake. We'll observe Howard's birthday on Sunday, January 12, which is statistically a fraction of a degree warmer than the 13th, on average. So if you have a beard it will take that much longer to freeze over.

Howard Ure is from a family of early settlers in Rogers Park, starting with his grandfather John Calder Ure who came from Scotland to eventually purchase 17 acres in Rogers Park, and then his father John Francis Ure, who helped convince the village of Rogers Park to be incorporated into the city of Chicago.

Howard Street is at the northern border of the Edison Park, West Ridge, and Rogers Park neighborhoods. It also crosses through the suburbs of Niles and Lincolnwood.

Total distance:
9.7 miles



11 AM meet at Park Ridge Metra, 100 S. Summit Ave. Trains arrive from Harvard/Arlington Heights at 9:51, and from downtown Chicago at 10:57. We'll meet in front of the metra station on the Summit Avenue side.

Walk 1 mile north to Howard & Merrill (7800 W)

Walk 0.75 miles east from Howard & Merrill to Howard & Harlem (7200 W)

Continue 5 miles east on Howard through the suburbs of Niles and Lincolnwood back into Chicago at Howard & Kedzie (3200 W)

Walk 2.4 miles east to Howard & Eastlake Terrace (1300 W). We will pass the facade of the old Howard Theatre (1621 W) on the way.


The 290 bus runs from Howard and Clark all the way back to the Park Ridge Metra.