Bizarre Chicago, run by Bucktown-Wicker Park resident Gordon Meyer, offers unique and entertaining neighborhood walking tours. The top-rated and popular small-group tours focus on forgotten history, unexplained mysteries, and ghost stories.
The is a lot of history at this location, if you know where to look.
The park, Churchill Field, is named for the Churchill Cabinet Company which used to be nearby. In 1954 they donated the land where the park is located. Churchill made wooden cabinets for organs, telephones, and later, pinball machines.
But going back even more, this park land was once home to the Independent Snuff Company (Circa 1919). Back in the day, there were plenty of tobacco-related businesses in Bucktown-Wicker Park.
To the south of the trail, Stenson Brewing Company once stood. It was the go-to brewery for mobster Johnny Torrio during prohibition.
One block north, visit Lotties Pub, formerly a notorious den of gambling and other vices. Today you might recognize it as the set for "Molly's" on the NBC TV shows Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, and Chicago Med.