My boyfriend, Ed, and I started walking Chicago neighborhoods over 4 years ago. Whether we walk a neighborhood rich in historical landmarks or a simpler area of homes and strip malls, we always come away with a better understanding of what makes up our city.
When we see a reference in the news to Portage Park or Mount Greenwood, a sense of place immediately comes to mind. It is no longer an anonymous point on the street grid of Chicago, but a place we remember seeing children standing in line to see the Easter Bunny or where we had that interesting conversation with the guy watering his lawn. We feel a little happier or sadder when we hear of good or bad news that has come to their community.
Biking or driving through a neighborhood doesn’t give you the same opportunities to become acquainted with it as walking does. Walking allows you to stop and take in a building or street scene or interact with the people. It becomes an experience that stays with you.
We know planning is a big obstacle for people in venturing out of their own neighborhoods and into the unknown. That is why we decided to post where we’ve been and what we’ve seen in our travels.
Our walks are just the starting point for what we hope will become a community of fellow neighborhood walkers. Please leave a comment after your own walk sharing your personal “must sees”, experiences, great places to eat or additional routes.
When we say, “Thank you for sharing,” we mean it!
Marge and Ed