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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!