Wicker Park today is as much the home of immigrants as in the mid 1800s. Come see and experience the places with two of today’s “immigrants.” They will tell you the tales of people and development in one of Chicago’s “hot neighborhoods.”
The tour begins in the award winning gardens of one of the Chicago Park District’s 2015 Top 10 Parks with Doug Wood, the leading “architect” of today’s visually and actively vibrant public space.
During a 20-minute tour of the 10,000 square feet of garden space, he will talk about the historic Gurgoyle fountain, the children created tile mural and the Charles Gustavus Wicker sculpture.
From the Park, Elaine Coorens, local historian, author and Our Urban Times’ publisher will take you into the residential area, “introducing” you to the earliest pioneers, connecting them with Chicago’s 1871 Fire, the 1893 Columbian Exposition, Beer Baron Row, cultural organizations and service institutions. While walking down Pierce Avenue, visitors will see almost a century-and-a-half of immigrant populations illustrated in the mix of architectural structures from the 1800’s to today.
The broad spectrum of ethnic and economic diversity is revealed along Hoyne with worker cottages, multi-unit buildings and mansions.
Registration for this tour is required, to insure the best experience for all participants. Please register at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/janes-walkchicago-wicker-park-then-and-now-tickets-16618533481
At the end of the walk, participants may return to the Park or attend a free performance of the Wicker Park Choral Singers at 3 p.m. in the Wicker Park Lutheran Church, corner of Hoyne and LeMoyne. Registration for the concert is requested.