Leisurely stroll along a spectacular one-mile stretch of Hoyne Avenue in the Ukrainian Village and Wicker Park Landmark District's. I'll entertain guests with "fun-facts" about Chicago and architecture while marveling at the spectacular craftsmanship throughout this working-class neighborhood. We'll walk past multiple restoration efforts, including a grandiose church property being converted to residential. A detour from the main drag will highlight the quaint workers' cottages unique to the area. There will also be plenty juxtaposition of old and new architecture. The last two blocks are the grand finale, the Victorian-era mansions along Beer Baron Row. Upon reaching North Avenue, the group will gather at a tavern in an old Turkish bathhouse where guests will be served a complimentary beverage of their choice.
I'm a Chicago history enthusiast, member of the Chicago Architectural Foundation and Preservation Chicago, West Town resident, and community advocate. My affinity with Chicago began at a young age, becoming more intimate in 2001 while a film student at Columbia College. In 2008, I completed all architecture prerequisite courses for admittance into SAIC's Historic Preservation graduate program. My dog is named after three favorite local architects - Burnham Sullivan Wright. My vast knowledge of Chicago is captivating and relevant, gritty and obscure, romantic and full of promise.
Choice of one complimentary alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage.
We'll meet at an Ukrainian deli on Chicago Avenue. We'll walk north ~1.5 miles (1 mile or 8 blocks as a crow flies). Our final location will be one block west of the trendy Six Corners intersection in Wicker Park (Damen/North/Milwaukee) and the Damen Blue Line metro stop.
Bring your camera! This is the perfect tour to practice your architectural photography. I'm glad to give beginner lessons and tips!
Historic Hoyne Avenue Walking Tour