Over the last three years, Jane’s WalkCHICAGO has been evolving into advocating, educating, and celebrating the neighborhoods of all of Chicago, so I’m happy to announce a few additions to the line-up of events over the next few weeks.
The first will be a talk, “Jane Jacobs Then and Now,” jointly sponsored by Friends of Downtown and AIA Chicago on April 29. The speaker, Tim Mennel edited “Block By Block: Jane Jacobs and The Future of New York.” This event is free, and 1 unit of AIA continuing education credit is available. It will be at the offices of AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker, from 5:30 to 6:30. Tim gave a talk at a Friends of Downtown’s Brown Bag lunch two years ago, and we’re delighted to have him back.
The following Saturday and Sunday will be the actual Jane’s WalkCHICAGO walks themselves. The following are currently described more fully on Eventbrite and Jane’s Walk, with more to be announced soon:
Saturday, May 2
• Maggie Daley Park – 12:30 to 2PM;
• Logan Square, Milwaukee Avenue and the Boulevard system – 1PM – 2:30;
• Bronzeville and Glorious Light Church – TBD
Sunday 3 May
• Hutchinson Street – 12:00 to 1:30;
• Jackson Park – 2:30 to 4PM;
• Urban Farming in Kenwood – 3PM to 4:30;
• West Woodlawn: The Great Migration Story – 3PM to 4:30.
Finally, Friends of Downtown and its Jane’s WalkCHICAGO program have been named an Affiliate Program Partner of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, which will open to the public on October 3rd. According to Cultural Affairs Commissioner Michelle Boone, “this will be the largest event of its kind in North American history,” and we’re proud to be part of it!