Things to watch out for in “a city of beauty, strength and power”

Following up on my post last week, we’re revving up for this May’s Jane’s WalkCHICAGO. Ads will begin running in RedEye Chicago tomorrow, and on the Metromix website in a couple of weeks.

See if you can catch them, and I’d love to hear your feedback … Friends of Downtown Board Member Teresa Fourcher designed them, and I think she did a great job.

Since I’m a bit preoccupied with behind-the-scenes stuff this week, I thought I’d give myself a break and post something really fun here: a mid-1940’s short film displaying the “beauty, strength and power” of Chicago. Produced by the Chicago Board of Education and discovered by former Chicagoan Jeff Altman, the film was the subject of an article in the print version of DNAInfo this week.

Produced well before the civil rights movement, the film notably lacks any views of African-American neighborhoods. Nevertheless, it’s worth watching as a glimpse into a totally different, less-harried Chicago. Enjoy… and if it makes you think of a subject that would make a good Jane’s Walk, I’d be glad to hear it!