Best Addressed: A Chicago Walking Tour | Newberry

Best Addressed: A Chicago Walking Tour

Led by Diane Dillon.
Saturday, September 25, 2021
Ten sessions. Saturdays, September 25-December 4 (class will not meet on November 27).


The first session will meet at the Newberry.


For the Fall 2021 term, we’re offering a mix of virtual and in-person classes. Although we are still primarily virtual, you will find a smaller selection of in-person seminars in the schedule. For more information about the Newberry’s virtual seminars, including a Zoom tutorial, please see our Virtual Seminars FAQ page. Registration opens on September 1st at 9am (Central time). Registration will take place through our online platform, Learning Stream.

Please note: classes that are currently scheduled to take place in the building may switch to virtual in accordance with public health and safety guidelines. Additionally, masks are required for all attendees, regardless of vaccination status. We will email participants with any changes the week before seminars begin.

Seminar Description

This seminar will explore some of Chicago’s “best addresses”—residential streets known for significant domestic architecture, notable residents, or historical events—through a series of walking tours. Destinations will be drawn from neighborhoods near the lakefront, including Prairie Avenue, the Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Hyde Park, Streeterville, and Lake Shore East. We will pay special attention to the role of residential architecture and urban design in shaping local identities and cultures, and to the role of historic landmarks in promoting tourism, commerce, and design innovation.

Ten sessions. Registration – $330

Diane Dillon is a scholar-in-residence at the Newberry. She holds a PhD in the history of art from Yale University and specializes in Chicago art and culture

Materials List


  • Instructor-Distributed Materials.

First Reading:

  • There is no first reading assignment.

Cost and Registration Information 

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, September 1st . Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning August 25th at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

Please note: The Newberry is moving to a new registration system called Learning Stream. This will simplify the registration process for participants, instructors, and staff. For more information about registration, including a guide to online registration, see our Registration Information page. Questions? Please contact seminars program staff via email at

We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.