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Architecture and History Events In Chicago This Week

By Jenn Harrman on April 29, 2014


We love architecture and history events in Chicago, so each week we put together a list of our favorites. This week we feature a party in a downtown alley, a presentation on a West Side Chicago neighborhood, and blitz of Chicago tours.

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1. Activate – ALLEY PARTY

Sullivan Center alley, enter on Monroe St. between State St. and Wabash Ave. – Thursday, May 1st, 5:00pm-10:00pm

FREE – RSVP for a free drink ticket

Chicago is known for having almost the most alleys in the world and the Chicago Loop Alliance is celebrating them. ACTIVATE is part spectacle and part happy-hour hangout that incorporates the talents of Chicago’s most creative minds with art, live music and more. This is the first event in a series of five where each alley will be uniquely different.

2. West Town Library Presentation – LECTURE AND SLIDESHOW

1625 W. Chicago Ave. – Saturday, May 3rd, 2:00pm-3:30pm


Historically home to a large population of Polish immigrants, West Town is a dynamic neighborhood in Chicago just northwest of the loop. Saturday’s presentation at the West Town branch of the Chicago Public Library is the first-ever from Forgotten Chicago about the fascinating mixed-use Chicago neighborhood and will include many rarely seen historic images and maps.


Various locations – Saturday, May 3rd-Sunday, May 4th

PRICE VARIES – reservations required

Was one of your New Year’s resolutions to get to know more about your own city? This 24-hour event has tours for just about every Chicago interest. From a magic tour with a local magician and a midnight bike ride to a “Garden of the Dead” tour, the Chicago History Museum offers 34 tours of Chicago in 24 hours. For museum members, tickets can be purchased at a discount.



Chicago Detours offers guided walking and bus tours of architecture, history and culture to public and private groups. We are a passionate team of educators, historians, artists and storytellers, and are proud to be one of very few tour companies in Chicago that is rated five stars on both Google and TripAdvisor.


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