Faculty, alumni, and guests will facilitate a variety of non-credit, optional weekend events that will enhance the students’ learning experience. These activities will include tours, lectures, trips to museums, performances, culinary explorations, and many other areas of interest.
The listings below are included to serve as an example of the kind of programming offered to enhance the Carthage in Chicago experience.
Heart of Chicago Immersion Experience
Come join us on a 2 ½ hour walking narrative into Chicago’s history, culture, architecture and urban lore, a virtual immersion experience into everything that is Chicago. Guides from Walk Chicago Tours will take you on one of their trademark narrative journeys designed to be a comprehensive survey of the heart of downtown Chicago.
Sites visited will include Millennium Park, which includes the Pritzker Pavilion, the Crown Fountain, “the Bean,” and “Cloudgate.” Your guide will then escort you through the Chicago Cultural Center where you will experience the world’s most exquisite display of Louis Tiffany art glass and the world’s largest Tiffany glass dome.
Leaving the Cultural Center, you will journey through the downtown area to walk amongst The Loop’s architectural giants like Daniel Burnham, Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, and the architectural masterpieces including the Rookery, City Hall and the Marquette Building.
Along the way, you will stop to appreciate downtown Chicago’s public art. You will come to appreciate The Loop as a virtual outdoor art museum enclosing the works of Picasso, Chagall, Miro, Dubuffet, and Alexander Calder, to name just a few.
Multicultural Chicago; Meeting Pilsen
Come join us on a 2 ½ hour walking narrative into the stories of the immigrant classes whose cultures have been fused and blended to make Chicago one of America’s most diverse cities. Stories are told through an intimate visit to Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, the center of Chicago’s Latino Community, which is rich in art, music and architecture.
Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood is a virtual outdoor art museum. Over 400 outdoor narrative murals tell the story of the transition and adjustments of hundreds of thousands of immigrant Latinos to the world that is Chicago. Many of Pilsen’s iconic murals are the creations of renowned artists like Hector Duarte and Jeffrey Zimmerman. Each mural serves as a portal that brings the viewers closer to understanding the hardships and histories of immigrant classes.
In addition to an examination of Pilsen’s inspiring public art, your guide will tell the story of Pilsen’s founding by Czechoslovakian, Lithuanian and Polish immigrants who came to Chicago as early as 1870 to find their American dream. The influence of these Eastern European cultures are still plainly evident in the architecture which lines Pilsen’s streets and in the oldest surviving housing stock in the entire city of Chicago. Visits to churches clustered nearly on top of each other will further demonstrate the remnants of Pilsen’s European residents.
At the end of the day, your group will visit the National Museum of Mexican Art, the first Mexican museum and cultural center in the Midwest and the largest in America. Its collection of fine art, folk art, and artifacts from ancient Mayan and Aztecan empires is considered one of Chicago’s greatest cultural treasures.
The tour will conclude with lunch options among dozens of very affordable Latino restaurants along 18th Street, the heart of Pilsen. The aromas and music up and down the street are truly irresistible.
About Walk Chicago Tours
According to TripAdvisor.com, Walk Chicago Tours is one of the top ten highest rated tour services in Chicago. It has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, and on CBS and ABC local news. Midwest Living Magazine travel writers have called its tours “ a spicy blend of history, politics, city legends and urban lore….a story on every corner.” For further details about the attractions on either tour, please visit www.walkchicagotours.com.