Get to Know the Illinois City's Most Vibrant and Historic Neighborhoods
Grab your walking shoes, and become an urban adventurer. Long-time Chicagoan Robert Loerzel leads you on 35 unique walking tours in this comprehensive guidebook. Go beyond the obvious with self-guided tours through one of the nation's most walkable cities, which is equal parts glamour and grit. Chicago's diverse neighborhoods represent a melting pot-from Little Italy to Greektown, La Villita to the Ukrainian Village.
With this guide in hand, you'll soak up history, political gossip, and architectural trivia. Find ethnic culture in Andersonville or high culture at the Art Institute. Listen to the blues on the South Side, or catch a ballgame on the North Side. Marvel at the Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in Oak Park or at nature's masterpiece along Lake Michigan. There are tips on the best cafes, bars, and night spots. With humorous anecdotes, surprising stories, and fun facts to share with others, this guidebook has it all. Whether you're looking for a walk on the beach or a slice of deep dish pizza, Walking Chicago will get you there. So find a route that appeals to you, and walk Chicago!
Robert Loerzel, a freelance reporter, copyeditor, and photographer, has lived in the Chicago area since 1988, when he graduated from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. He currently resides in the city's Uptown neighborhood. Robert's first book, Alchemy of Bones: Chicago's Luetgert Murder Case of 1897, was published in 2003. He has written about news, the arts, and local history for publications including the Chicago Tribune and Chicago magazine, and he has reported on-air for WBEZ Chicago Public Radio. His concert photography has appeared in many online and print publications. In 2016, he won the Chicago Reader's poll for Best Chicagoan to Follow on Twitter.