Walking Chicago  by Ryan Ver Berkmoes

Walking Chicago Guide Book

by Ryan Ver Berkmoes (Wilderness Press)
Walking Chicago  by Ryan Ver Berkmoes
CHICAGO is truly one of the world’s great walking cities. Filled with equal parts glamour and grit, its diverse neighborhoods represent a real melting pot—from Little Italy to Greektown, La Villita to the Ukrainian Village. And it’s easy to get around town, with flat streets and great mass transit. In Walking Chicago, long-time Chicagophile Ryan Ver Berkmoes takes you on 31 selfguided tours through this classic American city. You’ll soak up history, political gossip, and architectural trivia, plus tips on the best cafes, bars, and night spots. You can listen to the blues or catch a ballgame, marvel at Frank Lloyd Wright architecture or admire 21 miles of stunning shoreline along Lake Michigan. Whether you’re looking for a long walk on the beach or the perfect slice of deep dish pizza to fill your belly, grab this book, step outside … walk Chicago!

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Trails from the "Walking Chicago" Guide Book
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Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 31.

Chicago’s lakefront becomes more interesting as you go north. Starting at Belmont Harbor, there are twists and turns, paisley-shaped harbors, and crescent-curved beaches. In some parts the shore is fa ...
Chicago, IL - Walking - Trail Length: 6.6
Tens of thousands of years ago during an ice age, glaciers covered Chicago. One went a little wayward and ended up dumping its load of stone in a ridge under what are today the upscale communities of ...
Chicago, IL - Walking - Trail Length: 4
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For decades residents of Bronzeville and Bridgeport avoided each other’s neighborhoods. Although right next to each other, the first was black and the second white; the worst violence in the 1919 race ...
Chicago, IL - Walking - Trail Length: 4.5
Bucktown may well be Chicago’s most-changed community in the last 20 years. In the 1970s it was still a gritty, blue-collar, middle-class enclave; today it’s among the most fashionable in town. It’s a ...
Chicago, IL - Walking - Trail Length: 4.9
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Seemingly serene, this long and linear lakefront walk through Burnham Park covers a lot of ground that’s been contentious, embarrassing or simply notorious in the city’s past. The park is named after ...
Chicago, IL - Walking - Trail Length: 5.5
For years a world unto itself, Chinatown has broken the shackles of expressways and railroads and is expanding to nearby South Side areas. Yet S. Wentworth Ave. remains the focus, and a trip here is l ...
Chicago, IL - Walking - Trail Length: 2
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Chicago has always been well-known for its multitude of ethnic communities. Taking a trip abroad just by hopping the El is one of the city’s great pleasures. What seems like half the city’s ethnic gro ...
Chicago, IL - Walking - Trail Length: 2.75
The Gold Coast has always been just that: the place where the folks with the gold live near the coast. Since the 1880s it has been home to some of Chicago’s wealthiest families, and much of the neighb ...
Chicago, IL - Walking - Trail Length: 2.5
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Grant Park has often been called Chicago’s front yard, and in its present guise it is a showpiece. But that wasn’t always the case. In the late 1800s it was a swampy wasteland littered with debris fro ...
Chicago, IL - Walking - Trail Length: 3.5
Hyde Park’s raison d’etre, the University of Chicago, has kept the neighborhood vibrant even as surrounding areas of the South Side have struggled. Perhaps, however, “vibrant” is the wrong word for an ...
Chicago, IL - Walking - Trail Length: 2.5
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Kenwood became fashionable in the late 1800s when rich Chicagoans fled the industrialization and prostitution of Prairie Ave. to the north (see Walk 13). Vast mansions were built over a period of seve ...
Chicago, IL - Walking - Trail Length: 4
A roughly 1-square-mile chunk of the North Side, with Clark St. as its diagonal spine and running north from Belmont Ave., may hold more fun for more people than any other part of the city. The stretc ...
Chicago, IL - Walking - Trail Length: 3
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Lincoln Park is sort of like the old Certs ad or the Saturday Night Live fake ad for Shimmer: It’s a park! It’s a neighborhood! It’s a park! It’s a neighborhood! No, you’re both right! For the record, ...
Chicago, IL - Walking - Trail Length: 4.25
Little Italy was never populated exclusively by Italians. In fact the Irish were the majority for many years. But along the commercial hub of Taylor St. it was the Italians who owned the shops and res ...
Chicago, IL - Walking - Trail Length: 3.3
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The best thing about including a walk from Logan Square to Humboldt Park is simply including it. These two areas were much knocked about from the 1930s on as constantly changing demographics and waves ...
Chicago, IL - Walking - Trail Length: 3.25
For many it’s their favorite urban walk in America, and with its flowers and architectural charms, the stretch of N. Michigan Ave. from the Chicago River north to Oak St. Beach is undeniably appealing ...
Chicago, IL - Walking - Trail Length: 2
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Just imagine if Daniel Burnham, instead of saying “Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably will not themselves be realized,” had said: “Make little plans, they’ll kee ...
Chicago, IL - Walking - Trail Length: 2.5
Just as the Chicago River has been rediscovered as an amenity downtown, so it has on the North Side, where massive efforts have cleaned it up enough that it’s popular with fish, birds, and people agai ...
Chicago, IL - Walking - Trail Length: 3.7
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Although a pilgrimage for many spellbound by the legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright, Oak Park is also a delightful place to go for a stroll. The myriad architecturally significant buildings are but a bonus, ...
Chicago, IL - Walking - Trail Length: 2.7
Beginning in the 1870s, scores of Bohemian immigrants filled the neighborhood that came to bear the sentimental moniker “Pilsen,” for the city of the Central European homeland. Huge factories consumed ...
Chicago, IL - Walking - Trail Length: 3.7
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