Chicago Detours tour guides will share stories even locals don’t know as guest speakers at free Chicago history talks at the Comfort Society in Logan Square.
These free Chicago history talks will cover anything from the useful to the unexpected in Chicago architecture and history. The Chicago Detours style will not make you yawn! Our top-notch tour guides have lively presentations with visuals of archival photos and ephemera. Join us on these select Sundays this summer and fall, from 1:00pm-2:00pm.
Our historic talks are part of Comfort Society, which hosts weekly talks, workshops and discussions at the Logan Square Comfort Station. It’s a perfect Sunday activity to do in Chicago with a visit to the Logan Square Farmers Market!
Chicago Detours tour guides will be the featured speakers on these dates:
“From Street Brawls to the World Series: Chicago Sports History”
Sunday, July 21, 1pm – Chicago Detours Tour Guide Marie Rowley speaks.
Chicago may be the city that works but it knows how to cut loose and have a little fun too. This one-hour talk explores all the ways Chicagoans have enjoyed sports and leisure, from the bloody bare-knuckle brawls of the nineteenth-century to the dizzying heights of the Cubs’ recent World Series victory. Learn about sports teams’ early use of live mascots, who sometimes got loose and bit players, and discover the forgotten local team the Chicago Whales.
“Understanding Everyday Landscape and Architecture in Chicago Neighborhoods”
Sunday, August 25, 1pm – Amanda Scotese, Chicago Detours Executive Director speaks.
Even the most mundane elements of our landscape have a message to tell us about the ways we live. This fascinating talk will cover the habitat of rats to the expression imbued in lawn ornaments to gardens and gangways or the layout of our homes. By discussing “vernacular architecture,” it means we’ll talk about the buildings that we regular people use, not just the spectacular ones of the rich and famous. We’ll cover architecture that is unique to Chicago, like two-flats and Chicago bungalows, and other Chicago landscape features like alleys.
“Ten Big Ideas That Make Chicago Its Own Kind of Town”
Sunday, October 27, 1pm – Amanda Scotese, Chicago Detours Executive Director speaks.
Beyond hot dogs and Chicago-style pizza, what are some other distinctly Chicago dishes? And Chicago’s famous for its architecture, but why? From engineering marvels that make the city work to the unique physical qualities of our local landscape, Chicago is a city unlike any other. We made the world’s first Ferris Wheel and the Wienermobile, too, and so many innovations across history. On this fun talk full of visuals, you’ll get great cultural insight and surprises whether you are a Chicago transplant or a longtime resident.
These free Chicago history talks do not require reservations, but space is limited.
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