Chaddick Institute Cityfront Center Walking Tour on Saturday, June 18, 2022
by Staff


Architecture Chicago, 1988

One of the largest and highest-profile urban redevelopments in the U.S., Cityfront Center / River East has significantly changed Central Chicago’s commercial and residential landscape in less than two generations


Chicago Tribune, 2019

Join Patrick Steffes, Urban Program Advisor and Research Fellow at the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development at DePaul University and Forgotten Chicago on Saturday, June 18, 2022 at Noon for an exclusive walking tour exploring Cityfront Center / Lakeshore East, the area just north of the Chicago River and between Michigan Avenue and future DuSable Park.

A bleak post-industrial landscape less than forty years ago, the area once wholly owned by the Chicago Dock & Canal Trust is home to a surprising number of curious and overlooked remnants today. Without question one of the most desirable development sites in North America, the area where Lake Michigan and the Chicago River meet has been subject to a variety of completed and delayed projects. Forgotten Chicago looks forward to partnering again with the Chaddick Institute for another exclusive walking tour not offered by any other organizations.


Matthew Kaplan, 2016

Perhaps Chicago’s most forlorn major public artwork, Vito Acconci’s Floor Clock II near the intersection of North Columbus and East Illinois (shown above) has been missing its signature movable hands for years, an enormous clock for which time has figuratively (and literally) stopped.


Top: Wisconsin Historical Society Bottom: Patrick Steffes, 2022

Also visited will be one of Chicago’s first industrial areas, at the northeast corner of Michigan Avenue and the Chicago River. Once Home to Cyrus Hall McCormick’s famed McCormick Harvesting Machine Company, a firm that would later become International Harvester, this factory would be destroyed in the Great Chicago Fire and be rebuilt on the South Side. Home to a surface parking lot for decades, by 1965 this site would become Pioneer Court in honor of first permanent settler Jean Baptiste Point du Sable and other Chicago pioneers.

Tour Details:

When? Saturday, June 18 at Noon. Rain or shine.

Where? Near Michigan Avenue and the Chicago River; the starting point for the tour will be sent to participants prior to the tour.

How Long? The tour will consist of about three miles of walking and will last approximately three hours.

How much? $25.

Advance purchase is required. Sorry, no walkups. To purchase tickets, click here.

We look forward to seeing you on this exclusive Chaddick Institute tour!

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