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The South Side: Planning It, Making It, Mapping It

What is the South Side of Chicago and how did it come to be? Please join us for a highly unusual daylong bus tour that will take us from Altgeld Gardens (made famous by Barack Obama) to Woodlawn, Hyde Park, Bronzeville, Bridgeport, Hull House, and other famous neighborhoods and institutions.

Our focus will be on the plans – especially the Burnham Plan – and politics that structured the historical and architectural development of the South Side, covering everything from parks and green spaces to art and culture, to affordable housing, and urban renewal to expressways and the Chicago River to environmental and racial justice.

Pack a bag lunch and a few beverages and come board the bus. The tour will leave promptly at 9:15 am from the north side of the University of Chicago Press Building, 1427 E. 60th St. There is ample and convenient street parking, but please allow sufficient time (10-15 minutes) to check in before boarding the bus.

Special guest appearances and lectures by prominent South Side figures will make this an unforgettable introduction to the wealth of history and culture the South Side has to offer.

Instructor(s): Margot Browning--Ms. Browning is the associate director of the Franke Institute for the Humanities and executive director of the Big Problems program at the University of Chicago.

Bart Schultz --Mr. Schultz is senior lecturer in the Humanities and director of the Civic Knowledge Project at the University of Chicago.

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University of Chicago

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This program was offered on these dates:
Saturday, May 9, 2009 9:00am to 5:00pm

University of Chicago

Cost: $110

Contact: Bart Schultz, 773.702.8821,


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