A “Taste” of Oak Park
March 17 @ 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
Join GSC and IGS on Saturday, March 17 as we team up again for a fun Field Day, a tour of one of Chicago’s western suburb, Oak Park with Keith Yearman, Professor of Geography, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL as our guide.
On Saturday, March 17 we’ll discover some of the treasures found in Oak Park beginning with a stroll around the Scoville Park area where we will see a sign demarcating the local continental divide that separates the Great Lakes and Mississippi watersheds. We will also be visiting several prominent churches in the area including Grace Episcopal and First United Church of Oak Park. We’ll stop for lunch at Hemingway’s Bistro (included in event price), walk through the Hemingway birthplace for a guided tour, then hop into our vehicles (carpooling encouraged) for a short trip to the Wright Home and Studio for another docent-guided tour.
Other sites may be included in the final itinerary which presently is being developed.
GSC and IGS Field Day – The Immigrant Experience: Chicago Jewish Roots
April 15 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
GSC and IGS team up again for another fun Field Day, this time for a tour of Chicago’s historic Jewish neighborhoods, led by Chicago geographer and historian, Dr. Irving Cutler.
On Sunday, April 15 we’ll pass through Maxwell Street, Lawndale, Garfield Park, Humboldt Park and Wicker Park. Places on the way will include many past gone, relict and reused synagogues, schools, theaters, and other sites such as the Jewish People’s Institute (JPI), Garfield Park Conservatory, and Mt. Sinai Hospital. One stop on our journey highlights a former synagogue building, now transformed into a famous African-American church.
The tour is being led by noted Chicago geographer and historian, Dr. Irving Cutler. Dr. Cutler is a member of both the Geographic Society of Chicago and the Illinois Geographical Society. He is well known for his bus tours and is author of a number of books about Jewish Chicago as well as his classic work, “Chicago: Metropolis of the Mid-Continent.”
This is sure to be a trip you don’t want to miss!