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Community Tours

A number of Southeast Chicago and Northwest Indiana tours have been developed locally over the past couple of decades.   Some have been short-lived, due to site limitations, personnel availability, etc.

Currently, we are certain about those we have created and maintained.  We will list those here, with links to their website(s).   

We will add others that we learn about, if we feel that they are of possible interest to our readers.  As has been the case throughout the development of our current websites, this page is a plastic thing, likely to be reshaped in ways we have not yet imagined. — k&j



Blues Brothers Sites Tour (http://calregionsites.com/blues-brothers-tour-sites/)

When the original “Blues Brothers” movie was released to the public in 1980, it burned its imprint into the psyche of many Southeast Chicago residents who were present at one, or even several, of the community locations where scenes were recorded in the making of the film.  This tour site highlights those locations, and the online portion also features interviews of “imprinted” community members that we have thus far been able to arrange.


Calumet Region Sites Green Tour  (http://calregionsites.com/green-summit-tour-sites-/)

We originally designed the Calumet Region Sites Green Tour to be conducted by a tour guide, on a bus.   However, to sustain the Calumet Region Sites Green Tour in a declining economy, we chose a digital graphic item, known as a QR tag, to make the tour a self-guided experience.  All that is required is for the visitor to have a smart device (phone, or tablet), with a QR-tag-reading app installed on it.

We have devised weather-resistant posters for mounting at most of the sites.  Each poster contains the name of its site, a comment or two about it, and a QR tag that will link the site visitor to that site’s data page on the Calumet Region Sites website.  To the extent that we have such information, the site’s page may include a selection on its history, as well as photos and/or videos related to that site.  

It will also be possible, from that connection, to identify the other 40 sites of the tour and (a), plot a route to the next site or (b), visit them all via one’s smart phone or tablet, without taking the physical tour.

Thus, the Calumet Region Sites Green Tour is now available as a self-initiated, and self-guided experience, to be taken whenever — and however — one pleases.


Southeast Chicago Public Art Tour (http://calregionsites.com/south-chicago-public-art/index.html)

The 181-year-old Chicago community of South Chicago has a rich arts tradition, much of which existed like an underground resistance stockpile during the community's century and a half of heavy industrial dominance.    Since the closing of the last operating steel mill 25 years ago, the artists and their art have begun emerging onto the recently vacated stage of public awareness.   More than a few of those artists have become more visible, also, because they are not devoting most of their time to steel-making jobs that no longer exist in this community.

One great bonus for the community has been the gradual proliferation of public art, which is now spreading throughout the community, in a soul-refreshing burst of artistic expression, available for all who frequent the community's pathways to enjoy.  

This tour is designed to highlight community public art treasures, as well as the fact of the community's resource bank of authors, composers, painters, performers, and sculptors.

THE TOUR'S DESIGN:

We have chosen a digital graphic item, known as a QR tag, to make the tour a self-guided experience.  All that is required is for the visitor to have a smart device (phone, or tablet), with a QR-tag-reading app installed on it.

We have designed weather-resistant posters for mounting at sites where it is possible to make such an installation.  Each poster contains the name of its site, a comment or two about the site, and a QR tag that will link the site visitor to that site’s data page on the Calumet Region Sites website.  To the extent that we have such information, the site’s page will include a selection on its history, as well as photos and/or videos related to that site.  

It will also be possible, from that connection, to identify the other sites of the tour and (a), plot a land route to the next site or (b), visit them all via one’s smart phone or tablet, without taking the physical tour.

Thus, the South Chicago Public Art Tour is available as a self-initiated, and self-guided experience, to be taken whenever — and however — one pleases.








© Kevin Murphy 2016