Walking Tour

The Maxwell Street Foundation seasonally offers walking tours of the Maxwell Street neighborhood, sharing insights into the architecture, history and cultures—along with plenty of entertaining anecdotes. Facades from former buildings 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) are featured on the tour. 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 in what is now University Village Marketplace on the University of Illinois at Chicago’s South Campus.

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. Walking tours take place at 10:00 AM on the second Sunday in the months of June through September 2017 (June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10).  Meet outside in the cul de sac west of UIC’s Marie Robinson Hall (811 West Maxwell Street), 1/2 block west of Halsted Street.  The tour will take approximately 1.5 hours, rain or shine, and is 6.5 city blocks in walking distance. Stay for lunch at the local food stands and restaurants!  Paybox street parking is available, and a UIC Parking Garage is located at 701 W. Maxwell St.  The CTA #8 bus will drop you on Halsted at Maxwell Street.

Fee for the tour is $5 for adults, and students under 18 years of age are free!  Although reservations are not required, please register for a tour by emailing us the date and number in your party at gro.n1521858218oitad1521858218nuoft1521858218eerts1521858218llewx1521858218am@of1521858218ni1521858218. Private group tours outside of these dates can also be arranged by special request.

Walking Tour