Walk and bike Chicago neighborhoods while exploring topics in Urban planning! Urban planning addresses a very broad variety of topics, it is the invisible thread that holds communities together. Some topics include: housing, sustainability, “placemaking”, biking and pedestrian infrastructure, and more! We will talk about all of these topics and get a chance to look at real life examples. I’ll greet you at the Damen Blue Line “L” stop where we can begin our excursion by making introductions. From there, we can explore Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. We will walk around the neighborhood for about an hour before we hop on Divy (Chicago’s public bikes for rent) and head to the 606/Bloomingdale Trail and Park. This is an elevated bike and pedestrian trail that was formerly for trains, it's amazing! Next we will explore urban planning treasures in the Logan Square neighborhood. We will see sites related to housing affordability, transportation, and urban planning history. We will see the City’s historic, yet hip, Logan Square neighborhood. I’ll part ways at the Logan Square blue line stop. It is a different “L” stop than where we met, but I’ll make sure you feel comfortable going where you need to go! ***Students! Contact me for special offers including 25% off***
I am passionate about urban planning and fascinated by how it shapes our lives and our communities. I earned a master’s degree in Urban Planning and am a nationally certified Planner (AICP). If you are a Planner and need CM credits, consider using this tour as self reported credits. I have worked in various governmental and non-profit organizations related to urban planning for eight years and have lived in Chicago for over twelve years. I’m excited to share this experience with you!
I’ll purchase the bike rental for tour guests. The City has a bike rental program (often called Divy bikes) and bikes are…
You will get a postcard size map of the excursion route with links to more information and resources on the back!
We will explore two of Chicago's hip and historic neighborhoods, Wicker Park and Logan Square! We will mostly be outside, but will have time for a quick stop at one of the many great local businesses!
Please bring comfortable walking shoes! Dress for the weather, bring layers if possible. Although we will have a chance to quickly stop at shops and stores for snacks, I'd suggest bringing any water or snacks that you might want along the way.
Be prepared to explore and have fun rain or shine! This is a great tour for any age, but recommended for those 16 and older. We will walk a little over two miles over the course of two and a half hours.