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“Mapping the Early Roads of Chicago’s North Side”

February 17, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Ever wonder where Chicago’s grid of streets came from? Why the North Side is crisscrossed by diagonal streets? Why there are so many old motels on Lincoln Avenue as it runs through our neighborhood?

Jim Akerman, Peterson Woods resident and Curator of Maps and Director of the Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography at the Newberry Library, has answers to these and other questions. He will trace the history of streets and roads in Chicago’s North Side using historical maps from the Newberry Library.


This event is free and open to the public. We ask that you please preregister below so we can guarantee seats to attendees if the program fills to capacity.

To preregister, call (773) 764-4078, email info@rpwrhs.org, or fill out the form below.


February 17, 2016
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Budlong Woods Library
5630 N. Lincoln
Chicago, IL 60659 United States
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