Photos from Jane’s WalkCHICAGO 2016!!

As I mentioned earlier week, over 150 people joined us for seven Jane’s Walks around Chicago on May 7 and 8… and there will be one more coming up in Englewood tomorrow.

There were lots of photos illustrating the diversity of the Walks. Sixteen people joined Bill Tyre for the Prairie Avenue Walk, which included a quick trip into the sumptuous interior of Glessner House.

Gathering at Glessner House for Prairie Avenue Walk

Julia Bachrach of the Chicago Park District teamed up with Rami Nashashibi of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network for a Walk of the fascinating multi-layered history of Marquette Park and its surrounding neighborhood.

 

Rabbi , Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation Photo Credit: Dallas Wright

Rabbi Capers Funnye, Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation
Photo Credit: Dallas Wright

Marquette Park Walkers photo credit: Dallas Wright

Marquette Park Walkers
photo credit: Dallas Wright

 

Later that afternoon, Julia also led a Walk on the Statues that Tell Stories Walk in Lincoln Park. We were honored to have Diane Dillon, Director of the Department of Exhibitions and Major Projects at the Newberry Library, join us on both Walks. The Lincoln Park Walk included stops at the Fountain Girl (below), Benjamin Franklin, General Grant, Charitas and William Shakespeare statues.

Fountain Girl, Lincoln Park

 

William Shakespeare, Lincoln Park

William Shakespeare, Lincoln Park

Concurrently, John Cramer and Nate Lielasus led a Walk around Kelvyn Park, the Wrightwood Bungalow Historic District and the Park’s Fieldhouse.  The Chicago Park District was kind enough to grant access to the rarely-open auditorium on the Fieldhouse’s second floor.

A rare visit to the 2nd floor auditorium in the Kelvyn Park Fieldhouse

Visit to the 2nd floor auditorium in the Kelvyn Park Fieldhouse Photo credit: Nate Lielasus

 

Discussing Kelvyn Park photo credit: John Cramer

Discussing Kelvyn Park
photo credit: John Cramer

 

Since Sunday the 8th was Mother’s Day, we were concerned that potential participants would be otherwise occupied, so we only scheduled one event for that day: Two Janes and a Walk: The Hull-House Neighborhood.  Therefore, we were very pleased when 50 people showed up, and one mother (whose son led a Walk a few years ago) told us that she thought it was the ideal activity for the day. Daniel Ronan and Marlise Fratinardo led this Walk.

We were lucky enough to have a former resident stop by while Daniel was talking, and tell us a bit about his experience living on the first floor of the former Jane Addams Homes, which will be the future site of the National Public Housing Museum.

Serendipity: A former resident stops to talk at the National Public Housing Museum

Serendipity: A former resident stops to talk at the National Public Housing Museum

 

Conclusion of the Hull House Neighborhood Walk

Conclusion of the Hull House Neighborhood Walk

Finally, as part of the Annual South Side Homesteaders Fair sponsored by Blacks in Green, there will be a Jane’s Walk devoted to the White Terra Cotta Buildings of Woodlawn this Saturday the 21st.  It will be a closing event of the Fair, which is headquartered at 6044 S. St. Lawrence Avenue.  The Flyer with complete information is here and the phone number is 773-678-9541.

Despite a few complaints about the chilly weather (including one saying “You need to work ON THE WEATHER!!!!!!”), 88% of the participants who later responded to our survey said they’d like to participate in the 2017 Jane’s WalkCHICAGO.  We look forward to seeing you all then, if not sooner!

 

 

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