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Deco in the Afternoon - Walking Tour of Three Exceptional Northside Jewels

  • 28 Sep 2019
  • 2:00 PM
  • Uptown Post Office, 4850 N Broadway St., Chicago


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Deco in the Afternoon

We begin our exploration at the beautiful Uptown Post Office built in 1935 as part of the Works Progress Administration. Inside we see the tile murals by Henry Varnum Poor, depicting Chicago people and history.

From the post office, we move to The Aquitania, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This former hotel harkens back to 1923, when Chicago was Hollywood. The Essanay motion picture studio built this hotel for its actors and production employees. We get a private peak inside an apartment!

We end our day at Big Chicks/Tweet, which is featured in our book, Art Deco Chicago. Built in 1937 as the Commercial Building, the impressive terra cotta entrance welcomes us into a space featuring a beautiful bar. Owner Michelle Fire gives us her personal tour/talk.

Meal Info

Cost includes access to all locations and dinner at Big Chicks/Tweet.  Meal package includes burger (or Beyond Beef vegetarian option), side, and one drink.  Bring cash if you want more than one drink--Big Chicks/Tweet is cash only.

Parking Suggestions

Use either a parking app to locate longer term parking in the area, use street parking with the Chicago Park app, or rely on side street parking avoiding permit only zones. Parking close to Big Chicks/ Tweet would be best since we will end there and are traveling by foot only a few blocks around their address.


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