September 30


11:00 am - 01:00 pm

Event Category:

Chicago Walking Tours

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Doorways Of Chicago by Ronnie Frey

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1236 N Hoyne Ave

1236 North Hoyne Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622

Chicago, IL, US, 60622

See 40+ Stunning Chicago’s Workers Cottages – A Chicago Architectural Vernacular Of The Late 1800’s – PLUS MANY MORE HISTORIC PROPERTIES

“Chicago has faced its fair share of adversity in its 184-year history, but the city has always risen from the ashes, both literally and figuratively. Its most remarkable renaissance came in the wake of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The inferno killed 300 people, left another 100,000 homeless, and cost a jaw-dropping $222 million (equivalent to $4.7 billion in 2020), but it also gave birth to a beautiful new city, built with brick and better than ever. 

Sadly, one iconic building style, the workers cottage, which flourished both before and after the Great Fire, has recently been falling victim to urban developers whose visions just don’t jive with historic lot sizes or bygone architectural styles. As demand grows for apartments and other higher-density housing, many of these humble dwellings are at risk of being razed.” -bobvila.com

This tour will show you many of these delightful cottages and the different styles they were designed and constructed in. Plus you will hear about some fascinating Chicago history that dates back 150 years and beyond!

NOTE: This is a 2 hour, three-mile walking tour so not suitable for most children under 13 or adults with health issues. The tour begins in front of the small workers cottage home at 1236 N. Hoyne Ave, Chicago IL 60622 (I will meet you there) The tour usually ends at 1266 N. Wolcott Ave, Chicago IL 60622 (In some circumstances the ending address may be different than this).

This is one of my first tours to offer a VERY unique experience. While on the tour you will be able to follow along using your phone to see many historic and interior photos related to some stops, making this a one-of-a-kind, interactive tour experience like none other!

Here’s how it works:

1.Download the FREE eATLAS app from the App Store or Google Play.

Click here for the eATLAS app in the Apple App Store

Click here for the eATLAS app in the Google Play Store

2. Create a FREE account on the app.

3. The day before the tour you will be emailed with a 100% discount code to enter so you can see the WICKER PARK photos in the app (PLEASE NOTE THIS IS FREE). If you have any problems with getting this set up I can help you just prior to the tour. I am always at the starting point early. This is not necessary to FULLY enjoy the tour so if you don’t want to participate, no problem!


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