June Field Day
June 5, 2019 9:00am - 3:00pm

Spend a day at Northerly Island day with GSC and IGS

Starting Point: Gather in the main building of the Northerly Island Visitor Center, 1521 S. Lynn White Drive, Chicago (the old Meigs Field terminal building) at 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 5, 2019, rain or shine. From Solidarity Drive which extends to the Adler Planetarium, turn south onto Lynn White Drive. Parking is available in the area.

This Geographic Society of Chicago/Illinois Geographical Society- sponsored hiking tour will explore Chicago’s Northerly Island (completed in 1925) and environs. Northerly Island was part of the site for the 1933 Century of Progress and until most recently housed Meigs Field designed to accommodate corporate and private aircraft. The tour is self-pay for all meals, gas, and any parking fees EXCEPT for the Soldier Field Tour which is pre-pay. We are recommending that you bring a picnic lunch and water and/or a beverage for this event.

Tour cost: $25 per adult (age 19-59), $15 student (age 6-19), $15 senior (60+), $15 military (with ID), and $10 child (age 2-5) per person to be paid prior to the trip. This cost covers expenses for the VIP tour at Soldier Field only. Registration is required by May 22, 2019 contact Joe Kubal at for registration details.


9:00 – 9:30 Talk by Chicago Park District Staff in Northerly Island Visitors Center. Distribution of a free copy of “A Walking Guide to the History & Features of Burnham Park” by Illinois State Geological Survey

9:30 – 10:30 Hiking around Northerly Island’s 1-mile concrete, multipurpose trail with a look at the new south end wildlife sanctuary.

10:30 – 11:30 Hike to Adler Planetarium. If sunny, we will visit the Adler’s Doane Observatory and look for sunspots safely using the Doane’s solar telescope. There is free general admission to the planetarium on this day.

11:30 – 12:00 Lunch along the Lake Michigan shoreline.

12:00 – 12:30 Hike along Solidarity Drive viewing monuments to astronomer Nicholas Copernicus, statesman and poet Karel Havlicek, Revolutionary War hero Thaddeus Kosciuszko among others on route to Soldier Field.

12:30 – 2-00 VIP Tour of Soldier Field with 15-minute on-field experience (if available). We also will see the south courtyard, the WWI Doughboy statue and colonnades, the visitor’s locker room and interview room, and the Skyline Suite.

2:00 – 3:00 Hike to McCormick Place and back. Along the way, we will walk past the Gold Star Families Memorial and Park dedicated to fallen Chicago Police Department officers, the Balbo Monument (an ancient stone column from the time of Julius Ceasar given to Chicago during the Century of Progress, and the Chicago Firefighter/Paramedic Memorial (a tribute to fallen firefighters and paramedics).

3:00 End of Field Day (hopefully in time to miss Rush Hour traffic) or free to spend additional time at the Adler Planetarium.

Itinerary Subject to Change


By registering for this event, you and your party agree that neither Joe Kubal, the Geographic Society of Chicago nor the Illinois Geographical Society are responsible for loss or injury to property or yourself or your party.  You and your party shall assume any, and all liability for such loss, damage, or injury.  Furthermore, and loss or damage caused by yourself or your party to others shall be you or your party’s direct responsibility.