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McKinley Park Architecture Tour by Brick of Chicago

Located on the Southwest Side (and claimed to be the geographic center of Chicago), the neighborhood of McKinley Park was created through the intersection of infrastructure, industry, and immigration. Initially a swampy backwater of Chicago, McKinley Park grew into Chicago’s industrial hub, home to factories producing chewing gum, wallpaper, bricks, steel, and everything in between. Join this tour to learn about the massive Central Manufacturing District, how good fireproof housing was brought to the masses, and hear stories of the people who built the things that built Chicago.

About Brick of Chicago Tours: Chicago is a city built out of brick, of course, along with stone, wood, glass, and steel.
But Chicago is also built of so much more: It is built of history, people, stories, policy, and fashions, marvels of engineering and forces of nature.

On a Brick of Chicago neighborhood walking tour, you’ll learn how all of these elements come together to make Chicago one of the most interesting and dynamic cities in the world. Afterwards, you’ll never look at the built world (or the humble brick) the same way again!

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