Past Event

From Semis to Startups: Exploring Fulton Market's Changing Industrial Landscape

A walking tour with Emma Saperstein and Pocket Guide to Hell

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 – 7:00PM to 8:30PM

This event will begin at the southwest corner of Halsted Street and Fulton Market.

Image Pocket Guide To Hell Website

For much of the twentieth century Chicago’s near West Side—the area around Randolph Street and Fulton Market—served as a center for the distribution of meat, dairy, and seafood. While many of the old buildings remain and some businesses endure, the streets are now full of restaurants, cafes, galleries, and boutiques—even the old Cold Storage Building is being repurposed as offices for Google! This tour explores the deep history of Fulton Market as well as its volatile present. We will stop at sites that reflect the tension between past and present—including a meatpacking house, a butcher shop, and a mechanic’s garage—and talk to the people there about the changing nature of their work.

Image: Emma Saperstein, Chalkboard at 830 West Fulton Market, Chicago.