Play to Learn About Chicago Neighborhoods

June 29, 2010

Do you want to learn more about Chicago neighborhoods? Do you like to play games? If you answered yes to both these questions, then the city has something that might interest you.

Go on a free scavenger hunt and have some fun while learning about a Chicago neighborhood.

They’re called Neighborhood Scavenger Hunts, and they will have you viewing Chicago neighborhoods in a way you never have before.

Each scavenger hunt will uncover architectural gems, public art, museums, parks, restaurants, shops and other unique landmarks you might not normally notice.

The scavenger hunts take you to eight Chicago neighborhoods:

*Albany Park: On this scavenger hunt, you’ll find a famous politician’s home, a birdhouse collection and many ethnic venues.

*Andersonville: The hunt in this neighborhood, which was first settled by Swedish immigrants, will have you searching for the Swedish flag in an unexpected place.

*Chinatown: Discover your zodiac symbol and the meaning of the words on the Chinatown Gate during this hunt.

*Devon Avenue: On the hunt in this ethnic neighborhood, discover exotic spices at an Indian grocery store and see the oldest and largest Judaica store in the Midwest.

*Hyde Park: Home of President Barack Obama, the hunt in this South Side community includes a Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece, a neo-Gothic gem and a museum dedicated to the ancient Near East.

*Lincoln Square: Did you know this neighborhood was named after Abraham Lincoln? Learn that and more on this hunt, which offers a piece of the Berlin Wall.

*West Loop: Once a warehouse district, this hunt will take you through what is now one of Chicago’s hottest neighborhoods and a restaurant known internationally for molecular gastronomy.

*Wicker Park: Check out this architectural showplace of 19th century and Victorian mansions, then visit a music venue where the Rolling Stones once played and an underground Library of Congress.

To go on one of these Neighborhood Scavenger Hunts, follow these instructions:

*Download the hunt of your choice from www.explorechicago.org or pick up a flyer from a Visitor Center.

*Follow the clues to find four distinctive landmarks in the neighborhood you choose.

*Once there, answer the corresponding trivia question with the information around you.

*Take a digital photo of yourself at each landmark, then upload and share them at www.flickr.com. You can see other hunter’s pictures there too.

*Check if your answers are right by downloading the answers at www.explorechicago.org or by bringing your completed form and digital camera to the Chicago Cultural Center Visitor Center, 77 E. Randolph St.

*Go on your next Chicago Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt!

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