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Bridges, Tunnels and Trains, Oh My!

For centuries, yea millennia, those people who have called what we know now as Chicago home have continually been modifying the natural world around them. One particularly powerful reason to engage in such transformative activities was to improve transit, mass or otherwise. In the past century and a half, bridges, tunnels and trains have radically changed the way people experience the Loop and beyond. Along this walking tour, author and urbanologist Max Grinnell will take patrons to the LaSalle Street Bridge, the Pedway, the Dearborn Street subway, and other fascinating crucial pieces of transit infrastructure. In keeping with the theme of this year’s One Book selection, we’ll also talk about how various Native American groups created their own pathways in and around the area.

Please note, this event was originally scheduled for October 20, 2023 and was rescheduled due to circumstances outside our control. We apologize for any inconvenience.

How to Attend

This event takes place in person. Walking tours are rain or shine, so dress for the weather.

Need sign language interpretation or other accessibility assistance for this event? Please call (312) 747-8184 or email to request accommodations. Requests must be made at least 14 business days before the event.

This event is part of the 2023 One Book, One Chicago season, exploring the book There There by Tommy Orange.


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