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 and a half hours.
The tour, which begins at the Harold Washington flagship branch of the Chicago Public Library, 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, White Stocking Park, and the Jack Brickhouse statue. Next, we’ll check out the Billy Goat Tavern, the old Criminal Courts Building, and Harry Caray’s Steakhouse. Finally, we’ll head back across the Chicago River and down picturesque State Street in the heart of the Loop, past Marshall Field’s landmark store and the Palmer House Hilton, before returning to the library.
You may choose to stop for lunch on your own at the Billy Goat or Harry Caray’s. Then, you can hop over to the CTA Red Line station at Grand/State and take the “L” back to the library. (This is the difference between the 2.1-mile tour and the 2.9-mile tour.)
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.