Optional Tours

      Purchase tour tickets when you pre-register by March 6th.  Limited seating!

      If you are participating in a session at the annual meeting, please CHECK the final program schedule when it is posted online mid
    - January before buying  a tour ticket, so as not to create a conflict for yourself.  Tour tickets are not refundable after March 6th.

       [Yes, you can pre-register now and access the pre-registration form again later to buy a tour ticket.]


TOUR TITLE:    Discovering the Chicago School 

The Chicago School of Urban Sociology produced some of the most memorable studies of urban life in the 1920s. While many of the neighborhoods have been lost to the aggressive urban renewal programs of the 1960s and 1990s, there is still much to see. The Gold Coast and the Slum: in many respects the near-north side neighborhoods are much the same as described by Harvey Zorbaugh in the 1920s. Artist lofts and galleries may be found in Tower Town, high-rise apartments along the Gold Coast. Several blocks away is tenement housing and the remains of the older SRO rooming houses described by Zorbaugh as the “world of furnished rooms.” Beyond that is the area known as Little Hell. This area figured prominently in Frederick Thrasher’s The Gang and is also the neighborhood where “Stanley,” the delinquent jack-roller, lived for the first 17 years of his life as recorded in Clifford Shaw’s The Jack-Roller: A Delinquent Boy’s Own Story. Cabrini Green Public Housing Projects and Marshall Field Apartments: Before the introduction of public housing, wealthy philanthropists developed private low-income housing, as seen in the vaguely art-deco Marshall Field Apartments, built in 1928. Cabrini Green was built not just in the midst of Little Italy, but at precise coordinates of Little Hell (North Avenue and Clybourne) which even in the 1920s had the highest incidence of murder in the city. The project earned a well-deserved reputation as one of the worst public housing projects in the country. Polish Peasant in Europe and America: Milwaukee-North Avenue area was the central axis for the Polish community in Chicago in the first decade of the 1900s when W.I. Thomas began work on what would become The Polish Peasant. Although not usually connected with the Chicago School studies, it is clear that Thomas was the pivotal figure in the Chicago School. It was Thomas who would recruit Robert Park to come to the university, and students were instructed in the collection and use of personal documents throughout the 1920s and 1930s. Although Thomas and Zaniecki discuss the social disorganization of the immigrant community, they emphasize the reconstruction of immigrant cultures in the urban metropolis. The Hobo: The Sociology of the Homeless Man: It seems the title of Nels Anderson’s study has obscured its relevance for urban research in the new millennium. Anderson begins by differentiating among seven different types of homeless men; the hobo is but one of these characteristic types. His descriptions of hobo life are based upon personal experience. Especially interesting are his maps showing the various urban institutions which concentrate in the area around Madison and Halsted Streets. The Ghetto, Louis Wirth’s dissertation, presents a study of the historical development of the Jewish ghetto in Europe and, in the second half of the book, a study of Jewish immigration and the formation of the Jewish ghettoes in Chicago. We have a description of the Halsted Street ghetto in the 1920s as well as the expansion of the ghetto into “Deutschland” along 22nd Street and Independence Boulevard, where the Marx Brothers would perform in Yiddish theaters in the 1930s. Other tour topics include: Vice in Chicago, the Black Metropolis and University of Chicago/Hyde Park.

Ray Hutchison, University of Wisconsin – Green Bay

Thursday, March 28, 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.  

TOUR FEE: $20.00 -  includes bus transportation and tour materials.


TOUR TITLE:  Guided Tour of Hull-House 

Hull-House, Chicago's first social settlement, was not only the private home of Jane Addams and other Hull-House residents, but also a place where immigrants of diverse communities gathered to learn, to eat, to debate, and to acquire the tools necessary to put down roots in their new country. We will tour the Museum, comprised of two of the settlement complex's original thirteen buildings, the Hull-Home and the Residents' Dining Hall. These spaces were used variously over the years, including as a nursery school, a library, and a salon for social and political dialogue. Jane Addams, who founded Hull-House, is considered by some to be the greatest sociologist of her day. Tour organizer Susan Stall will moderate an 8:15-9:45 am panel presentation, “Jane Addams and Hull House Revisited,” as an optional introduction to the tour: Attend either or both; but ticket purchase is required for the tour.

Susan Stall, Northeastern Illinois University

Friday, March 29th, 10:00 am to 12:45 pm. 

$19.00 - includes transportation, guided tour by Hull-House guides, handout materials.

2013 Annual Meeting LINKS
Sorry - As of 2/18/13, Tour #2, Guided Tour of Hull House, is SOLD OUT.
Tour #2 is SOLD OUT. A few tickets remain for Tour #1, Discovering the Chicago School.  
Buy one at MSS registration when you arrive onsite in Chicago.
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