Over the last 30 years, Dennis McClendon has lived amidst the old printing houses and railyards of the South Loop as they have become among of the city’s most walkable and urbane neighborhoods. Dennis is a geographer and historian, and a certified Chicago tour guide. He has been involved with South Loop neighborhood issues since 1983.
This walk begins at the Harold Washington Library Center, crosses the electronic streetscape of Congress Parkway, proceeds south along Printing House Row to a new pocket park that notes the area’s industrial history. Next we’ll visit the repurposed Dearborn Station and talk about the rail stations that once animated the South Loop. The pace picks up as we see new-town-in-town Dearborn Park, now a 40-year-old urban renewal story, and Roosevelt Road viaduct, ending our walk at the neighborhood’s retail and transit hub, Roosevelt & State.
Please join us!