Registration Is Open for Our October #ChicagoBiennial Events!

Last month, we announced that Jane’s WalkCHICAGO will be an official participant of the Chicago Architecture Biennial: The State of the Art of Architecture. On the Biennial’s opening weekend of Saturday October 3 and Sunday October 4, we will be offering Jane’s WalkCHICAGO: The Art of Local Architecture on Dearborn Street from Van Buren to […]

Big Data for Places

Where should we locate the 2014 Chicago Jane’s Walks? In the most historical neighborhood? The neighborhood that’s experiencing the most dramatic change? Where I can find an expert speaker? How can we cover the costs? There are a lot of considerations that go into planning Jane’s Walks, some of them infuriatingly practical. (I’m always open […]

Arts & Public Life: Theaster Gates

This week, I had the privilege of touring Theaster Gates’ Arts Incubator and Dorchester Projects, and hearing him talk about his extraordinarily multi-faceted art practice. Gates describes himself as “wearing three hats”: • The artist whose practice includes performance, sculpture, installation, and large-scale urban intervention; • The real estate developer who has assembled a portfolio […]

Quotes that sum it up for me… and not just by Jane Jacobs

“What is the city but the people?,” William Shakespeare, Coriolanus, Act III “The ballet of the good city sidewalk never repeats itself from place to place, and in any one place is always replete with new improvisations.” Jane Jacobs “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” Winston Churchill “What Jacobs did, above all, was […]

The Outdoor Walking Event Not To Be Missed in Chicago The First Week in May Annually

So, I’ve been spending a lot of time in the last few months thinking and talking with people about how to create an organizational structure for “The Outdoor Walking Event Not To Be Missed in Chicago The First Week in May Annually” (mark your calendar now don’tchaknow!)” During the six years since it introduced the […]

Welcome to Jane’sWalkCHICAGO!

I’ve always REALLY loved cities. Being in them, walking around in them, watching people, feeling the buildings and the space around me. Those are the number one things in my personal hierarchy – I can’t separate these activities from each other. Talking and reading about cities is second. So it made sense that in May […]