The Maxwell Street Foundation regularly offers walking tours of the Maxwell Street neighborhood, sharing insights into the architecture, history and cultures—along with plenty of entertaining anecdotes. Select buildings are cited as “…possessing historical or architectural distinction in the context of the immediate community” in the Chicago Historic Resources Survey (Chicago Landmarks Commission, 1983-92).* You’re sure to learn a lot and leave with a real appreciation for this rich neighborhood. In 1997-98, Maxwell Street Foundation and Advisory Council members worked with university officials and developers to ultimately produce an Amended and Reinstated Agreement that preserved eight buildings and twelve facades that are reflected in this walking tour. This walking tour of the redeveloped Maxwell Street neighborhood references the following documents and publications: Phase I Archeological and Historical Evaluation of the Maxwell Street Area, prepared by Archeological Research, Inc., 1994; Maxwell Street Market Historic District, National Register Nomination Form, submitted by Lori Grove and Elliot Zashin, 1994; Blues Legends, authored by Chuck Cowdery, 1995; Chicago’s Maxwell Street, co-authored by Lori Grove and Laura Kamedulski, Arcadia Publishing, Inc., 2002, and; 1352 S. Union Street, Chicago, Illinois, authored by Nicola Spasoff, Ph.D., 2008.
Take your own tour here. With this interactive map, you can tour the Maxwell Street neighborhood on your own with your smartphone. Or you can virtually visit from anywhere. Click on the markers above and you’ll get tidbits of each building’s history and architecture.
Take a guided tour with us. Tours take place at 11:00 AM on the third Sunday of every month, May through October. The tour groups meet at the cul de sac on Maxwell Street, 1/2 block west of Halsted. Tours will be given to a group of four or more, so please indicate the number in your group for a group rate! To sign up for a tour, email us at gro.n1490646558oitad1490646558nuoft1490646558eerts1490646558llewx1490646558am@of1490646558ni1490646558.