New News on Walking in Chicago!

I’m delighted to announce that there are changes afoot for the annual Jane’s WalkCHICAGO event. I’m still going to be working on inspiring civic engagement and creative responses for cities, though! After five rewarding years as the City Organizer of Jane’s Walk, I am transitioning to a new role. I’ve become a member of the […]

#Charlottesville, Before and After

You can change the way a place looks, but you can’t change the history that made it that way. That’s a reality that the tragedy in Charlottesville, and the current uproar about Civil War monuments throughout the United States, can’t transform. Viscerally, I understand the confused, angry feelings of an African-American child staring up at […]

Chicago Architecture Biennial update: Friends of Downtown

Last week, we had about 40 people join us on two Biennial Jane’s Walks led by Rolf Achilles, “The Art of Local Architecture on Dearborn Street from Van Buren to Randolph.” Tomorrow evening, October 14th, we’ll be presenting our final Biennial event, 35 years of Friends of Downtown: What Have We Achieved, and What’s Left? […]

Spring is sprung: Let’s #Walk around #Chicago!

We’re lining up Walk Leaders for the 3rd annual Jane’s WalkCHICAGO,  and are working on planning other related events.  So far, we have Julia Bachrach returning to lead a Walk in Jackson Park, and Mike Shymanski will be leading a Walk in Pullman. Other potential locations include: Maggie Daley Park the Marquette Park neighborhood South […]

Walk the Walk with #FoD

Friends of Downtown has been a leading civic voice advocating, educating and celebrating downtown Chicago for almost 35 years. We brought the concept of the global #Jane’s Walk to Chicago in 2013, and as Spring 2015 arrives, we are looking forward to better integrating Jane’s WalkCHICAGO into what we do. So it would be great […]