In 2015, SABR held its 45th annual national convention at the Palmer House Hilton in downtown Chicago. During the convention, I developed and led a guided tour of historic baseball sites in the Loop for about 75 people.
If you’re in Chicago and have a free afternoon, here’s how you can take the tour yourself!
This magnificent 2- to 3-mile guided walking tour of significant baseball sites in the Downtown Loop lasts about two hours.
The tour, which begins at the Palmer House Hilton, includes stops at the Fisher Building, the Old Colony Building, and the Congress Hotel before we stroll up Michigan Avenue to view the People’s Gas Building, the Chicago Athletic Association, the Jack Brickhouse statue, the Billy Goat Tavern, old White Stocking Park, and other sites along the way.
The tour ends at the old Criminal Courts Building and Harry Caray’s Steakhouse, just a few blocks away from the CTA Red Line station at Grand/State, where you can take the “L” back to the hotel, or you can walk back through the heart of the Loop on State Street to the Palmer House Hilton. (This is the difference between the 2.1-mile tour and the 2.9-mile tour.)
Another option: Stop for lunch on your own at the Billy Goat Tavern or Harry Caray’s Steakhouse along the way.
Information about each of the sites you’ll see is included in the PDF map above. For more information about the tour or any of the sites here, please contact me with questions.