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Walking Chicago’s Alleys

Photo courtesy of Madeline Crispell.

About the program


This is a paid ticketed event.

Program Location

Further details provided upon registration.

The Richard H. Driehaus Museum

40 E Erie St, Chicago, IL 60611

Wednesday: 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
Thursday-Sunday: 11:00 AM-5:00 PM

Plenty can be learned by walking Chicago’s streets, but a whole hidden history can be seen in its alleys. Discover how Chicago became the alleyway capital of the country, dig into the history of urban trash, and see Chicago architecture from a new perspective on this alleyway walking tour. Curator and historian Madeline Crispell will trace a route through the Gold Coast and end at the Driehaus Museum, covering everything from how activists like Jane Addams worked to clean up the alleyways to how a new generation of green alleys can help the city adapt to a changing climate.

This tour will be offered four times throughout the summer, on June 15, July 13, August 17, and September 28. Tours will start at 11:00 am at an off-site location in South Lincoln Park. Further details will be provided upon registration.

About the Speaker:

Madeline Crispell is a curator and historian whose work uses material culture, decorative arts, and the built environment to explore the history of Chicago and the region. Currently she is the curator at the Chicago Maritime Museum and her exhibitions across Chicagoland have focused on subjects ranging from American travel, to historic preservation in Pullman, to the Thorne Miniature Rooms, among others.

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