19. April 2019 - 14:30 till 16:30
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Factories to Calories Fulton Market Food Tour | Stumptown Coffee Roasters | Friday, 19. April 2019

Discover the dramatic transformations of Chicago’s most rapidly booming neighborhood on this walking tour. Over the course of this two-hour excursion, you’ll get a glimpse of Fulton Market’s meatpacking past and enjoy a taste of its gourmand present.We call our Fulton Market food tour the “Factories to Calories” tour because of the area’s shift from a place of production of appliances, furniture and meat products to a hub of consumption of food and drink. The walking tour starts with a grand view to see the train and highway systems that made Fulton Market into a vital industrial and meatpacking district throughout much of the 1900s. From there, we’re off on a one-mile jaunt through a neighborhood defined by change. As recently as the 1980’s and 90’s, Fulton Market was home to underground parties, drug busts, and low-rent art galleries. Today instead, you will find high-end retailers and offices of massive corporations like Google and McDonald’s among historic Market Tour Highlights-A grand view of the railroad tracks and surrounding industrial buildings-Redeveloped meatpacking facilities, now trendy restaurants-A giant cold storage facility, now Google offices-“Gourmet Food Trend Row”-The striking art deco Richter Foods building-Hidden clues in the landscape tied to the meatpacking pastWalking Tour Stories and Ideas-Chicago’s meatpacking history and the role of Fulton Market-Impact of transportation infrastructure on neighborhood identity-The industrial neighborhood disappearing before our eyes-Family businesses and traditions-Urban renewal and redevelopment-Labor history and the Haymarket Affair