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New Meetup: Gold Coast To Lincoln Park Conservatory

From: Tom B.
Sent on: Thursday, November 4, 2010 7:09 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Windy City Explorers!

What: Gold Coast To Lincoln Park Conservatory

When: Saturday, November 27,[masked]:00 AM

Where: Washington Square Park
901 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60610

Please join us the Saturday after Thanksgiving to work off some of that turkey. We will gather at the fountain at historic Washington Square Park and learn about how this parcel of land (the oldest of Chicago's small parks) is known for Free Speech and the Dill Pickle Club! We will tour this historic district and head north on Dearborn and Astor Streets toward Lincoln Park. Along the way we will see a number of historic structures including the Charnley-Persky House in the Astor Street Historic District, the famous Ambassador East Hotel (with Pump Room Restaurant) and the site of Potter Palmer's mansion on Lake Shore Drive. We'll then proceed up north, possibly walk through one of Chicago's few historic wooden alleys and finish in the beautiful, warm Lincoln Park Conservatory. Afterwards, some of us may wish to head over to Clark Street and the Noble Tree Coffee Shop to relax. The one-way distance on this is under three miles. You can retrace your route back to the beginning or hop on a bus back to your final destination.

For a preview of this trip, see this link to last years' photo album.

Below are some other fascinating links you may wish to preview ahead of the walk.

Wikipedia Article on Washington Square Park

Wikipedia Article on the Newberry Library

Charnley Persky House Museum

Three Arts Club of Chicago Friends[/url][/[url=,_Chicago]b] Pump Room Restaurant History

Link to Forgotten Chicago - Wood Block Alleys

Special Note: Some of you early birds may wish to join us for breakfast at the Tempo Cafe, 6 E. Chestnut for a hearty meal before this walk. We'll gather at 8:30am sharp and sit at assorted tables according to how many people we get. Tempo Cafe Link. Please comment in your RSVP if you anticipate joining us early for the meal.

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