On October 3rd an eager group of family historians and genealogists will meet at Chicago’s Ogilvie Transportation Center at 9:15am to embark on a day of exploring their ancestor’s neighborhoods.

CGS Bus TourThe neighborhoods were chosen in relation to the marvelous mass of literary work done in Chicago over the years. The neighborhoods to be visited had much influence on how Chicago authors viewed the world and which reflected in their work.  The purpose of the tour is to emphasize a similar influence on families who lived there and whose descendants may have been influenced in the same way. Many of the neighborhoods which will be visited have not changed greatly over the years. Seeing where one’s ancestors lived can provide genealogically interested descendants with new insights into the lives of their families.

The tour will start inside the Ogilvie Center, a hub of railroad transportation. You will think about your ancestors who came from European agricultural areas or rural American farms, arriving onto the sidewalks of Chicago. The bustling massive city awaited their arrival. What did they think? The noises? The smells? Where were they going to live? Were they the first generation to arrive or were they joining family members already here? Did someone from their village or town already make the journey? Did they have a skill or trade? How were they going to find a job? They had made it this far in their journey. Now spend a day visiting where they settled down.

Some of the authors and books that will be mentioned on the tour:

SISTER CARRIE by Theodore Dreiser

SO BIG by Edna Ferber

TARZAN & THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES by Edgar Rice Burroughs

DIVISION STREE by Studs Terkel

WIZARD OF OZ by L. Frank Baum

MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM by Nelson Algren

THE PIT by Frank Norris

MY THIRTY YEARS AT HULL HOUSE by Jane Adams

THE JUNGLE by Upton Sinclair

A RAISIN IN THE SUN by Lorraine Hansberry

Varies works by Ernest Hemmingway

And many more!

Also suggested reading – LITERARY CHICAGO: A BOOK LOVER’S GUIDE OF THE WINDY CITY by Greg Holden.

The tour will be lead by Craig Pfannkuche of the Chicago Genealogical Society who specializes in Chicago family history research and has a love for historic Chicago writers. Craig is a fan favorite! If you have attended one of Craig’s tours before, you will make your reservation right away. If you have not attended before, you don’t know what you are missing and you should make your reservation now before the seats are gone!

Visit the Chicago Genealogical Society’s website www.chicagogenealogy.org (under upcoming events) to register for the bus tour. You can register online or print out a registration form and mail in. Hurry seats are filling up fast!

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Chicago Neighborhoods Thru the Eyes of the City’s Great Writers