Tag Archives: History Trek

5 Places That Tell Chicago Rock Music History

After playing in more than 10 local bands for almost 25 years and watching friends, peers and rivals experience fame, fortune and, in some cases, tragedy, Chicagoan Phil Rockrohr finally gave up on becoming a rock star. And then a light bulb went on: All those stories and experiences are actually of interest to folks [...]

5 Things to Do in the…South Loop!

From blues and rock to museums and history, there’s so much to do in the South Loop! Discover the roots of the Chicago Blues: Not only is the South Loop home to some of Chicago’s most vibrant blues clubs, but you can also take a free walking tour and learn about the history of the [...]

5 Things to Do in…Little Italy!

From Al’s Italian Beef to tributes to Joe DiMaggio and Nobel Peace Prize-Winner Jane Addams, there’s so much to see and do in Little Italy! Follow DiMaggio to Olympic Gold: Statues of important Italian figures are seen around Little Italy’s main stretch along and near Taylor Street on Chicago’s West Side. A statue of famed baseball [...]

A Hyde Park Afternoon: 7 Picks from the Oriental Institute

Historic Hyde Park is a treasure trove of cultural and educational riches. This Urban Excursion was written by staff at the Oriental Institute: Discover a40-ton sculpture from Assyria, a 17-foot tall statue of King Tut and so much more at this free admission museum, which has plenty of hands-on activities for families! Walk along the Midway: The Midway [...]

6 Things to Do…in the West Loop!

From giant sandwiches to tiny French pastries, there’s so much to eat, see, and do in the West Loop! Catch a train to France: If you need to take a Metra train from or into Ogilvie station in the West Loop, you can end or begin your day’s journey with a trip to Chicago’s new [...]

5 Things to Do in…Uptown!

From hot jazz and cool cocktails in a Prohibition-era bar to steaming bowls of Pho soup, there’s so much to do in Uptown! Belly up to a bowl of Pho: Uptown’s diverse population includes the largest concentration of East-Asian restaurants outside of Chinatown. The neighborhood’s many Vietnamese restaurants are mostly located on or around Argyle Street [...]

Discover the Roots of the Chicago Blues on a FREE audio tour or Foursquare trek

Discover the roots of the Chicago Blues on a free audio tour, narrated by blues legend Buddy Guy. Use Foursquare to check in at any five locations on the Blues History tour (listed below) or at live blues clubs to earn your Chicago Blues badge. Foursquare is  a free game for your mobile phone. 1. Historic [...]

Bernard Turner’s Self-Guided Tour of Historic Bronzeville

Jazz legend Louis Armstrong, civil rights leader Ida B. Wells and aviatrix Bessie Coleman were among the many prominent African Americans who lived or worked in Bronzeville and left an indelible mark on this South Side community’s development. Here’s a self-guided tour of historic Bronzeville from Bernard Turner, author of  ”A View of Bronzeville“: Start [...]

The Bronzeville Historical Society’s Chicago African-American Notables Tour of Bronzeville

Jazz legend Louis Armstrong, civil rights leader Ida B. Wells and aviatrix Bessie Coleman were among the many prominent African Americans who lived or worked in Bronzeville and left an indelible mark on this South Side community’s development. Here is a self-guided Chicago African American Notables Tour, courtest of the Bronzeville Historical Society: 1.            Bronzeville [...]

Tours of the Day: Two Tours for Foodies and Theater Fans

There are so many ways to discover Chicago this summer during Explore Chicago: Urban Excursions! Here are two of the hundreds of tours listed on our website. Broadway In Chicago Historic Theatre Tours Get an unforgettable and in-depth look at two of the most beautiful and historic venues of Chicago’s famed Theatre District . Broadway In [...]