John Hume Kedzie 204th Birthday Walk Across Chicago Part I

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John Hume Kedzie was a son of a Scotsman. John Hume Kedzie was a lawyer. John Hume Kedzie was a real-estate developer. John Hume Kedzie was a son of a Scotswoman. John Hume Kedzie was a champion of the abolitionist party. John Hume Kedzie got married. John Hume Kedzie's wife died. John Hume Kedzie got remarried and built a house in Evanston. John Hume Kedzie's house burned down. John Hume Kedzie built another house in Evanston. John Hume Kedzie's second house burned down. John Hume Kedzie built another house in Evanston and this time it didn't burn down. John Hume Kedzie invested in land surrounding the original Chicago, John Hume Kedzie helped found the Evanston Free Public Library, John Hume Kedzie got elected to the Illinois House of Representatives.

John Hume Kedzie is dead.

There's a tombstone in the Rosehill boneyard that says so. He's been dead for a long time.

Kedzie's namesake street still exists, and we will walk the entire 22 mile length of it on the anniversary of his birth. Day 1 starts a little later than usual, at 12 PM, and we'll meet at our old standby Dunkin Donuts. If you want to be right proper in walking the whole street, you should first walk the southernmost blocks from 115th up to 111th before arriving at Dunkin.

On day 1 Kedzie will take us almost 12 miles through Mount Greenwood, Ashburn, Chicago Lawn, Gage Park, Brighton Park, and up to Mi Tierre en La Villita, just north of 26th Street in Little Village.

PLEASE NOTE THIS WALK STARTS AT 12 PM (NOT THE STANDARD 10 AM)