The route begins at the Laboratory Schools founded by John Dewey, and winds through the University of Chicago. Along the way walkers will encounter world renowned architects and Nobel Laureates, robber barons and artists, the DuSable Museum of African American History and the birthplace of the Atomic Age. In storied Washington Park there may be soccer or cricket matches underway, bicycle rallies or softball games in progress, waves of runners or families gathered for a picnic. From there it's a short stroll to the home of President Barack Obama and his family.
DuSable Museum of African American History
The walk begins on Kimbark Avenue and 59th Street. From downtown a Chicago Transit Authority express bus can deliver walkers to within a couple of blocks of the start, and 57th Street is busy with restaurants, bookstores, and commercial activity, worth a stop before or after the walk.
Places to stop along the way:
Rockefeller Chapel, Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House, the DuSable Museum of African American History, Jesse Jackson's Operation PUSH.
Best time of day:
It's a wonderful walk anytime, but best in the daylight.
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