KYC History

Mary Ward Wolkonsky, founder of Know Your Chicago
Mary Ward Wolkonsky, Founder

Conceived by Chicagoan Mary Ward Wolkonsky, Know Your Chicago was originally envisioned as an annual training course for women in positions of leadership in the city. The lectures and tours were meant to provide insight into the forces and institutions that shape Chicago and thus enhance the scope and depth of the women’s work, which was primarily volunteer work at that time. The first tour season of 1949 was organized by Mrs. Wolkonsky and representatives from the Women’s College Board, an organization which vigorously promoted higher education for women at the time. Shortly thereafter, representatives from a number of civic organizations such as the League of Women Voters were added to the planning board.

Currently, the season of lectures and tours are planned and executed by a board of fifty women, distinguished by their service in civic, cultural, and charitable endeavors. Sponsored by the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies, the Know Your Chicago program aims to promote civic awareness and participation with the hope that participants will turn this special combination of access and information into action as they become better informed citizens.

The Know Your Chicago program has introduced its participants to a remarkably broad array of topics and behind-the-scenes tours pertinent to their city. View descriptions of past seasons from 1949 to 2007.

 

Past Tour Resources and Brochures

 

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2016:

 

Tour 1: Navy Pier at 100: Reimagining the People's Pier

Tour 2: East Meets West in Medicine: Collision or Coalition

Tour Presenters

Tour 3: Heroin HIGHway: Road to Recovery

Tour 4: Architects of Global Knowledge

  • Info coming soon.

Tour 5: 21st Century Policing

  • Info coming soon.

 


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2015 Tours

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Tour 1: Big Ideas on the Prairie: Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park

Tour 2: Nothing Like A Dame...Women Who Changed Chicago

Tour 3: International Baccalaureate: Increase Your IB IQ!

Tour 4: Hip Hop in Chicago: What It Is & Why It Matters

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Tour 5: Made in Chicago: A Manufacturing Renaissance

 


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2014 Tours

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Tour One: Transitioning: Parks and More Than Recreation

Tour Two: Sweet Home Chicago: Problems and Promises of Public Housing

Tour Three: Reel Chicago

Tour Four: Transitioning: Challenging Our Understanding of Gender

Tour Five: Haiti: History, Culture, and Vodou/Voodoo

 


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2013 Tours

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Bringing Drug Discovery to Life

If you would like to help support research in women’s health issues by supplying data, not money, consider being part of a database at the Illinois Women’s Health Registry. You could even choose to be part of a clinical study. Your data could help support the research of Dr. Teresa Woodruff. www.whr.northwestern.edu

Cracking the Case: Solving Art Crimes & Mysteries in Chicago

From the Great Wall to the Great Lakes

The Architects Tell Their Story: Logan to Roosevelt to Gratz

The Transformation of Hyde Park

 


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2012 Tours

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Whoosh, Whirl, Splash, Chirp & You: MSI Rediscovered

The Digital World: A New Literacy

The Senior Class

What’s on YOUR Plate?

Body and Soul: Human Trafficking in Chicago

 


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2011 Tours

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Poetry Chicago: Salons to Slams

It’s not just the Food: Chicago’s Urban Agriculture

Sleeping Chic in Chicago

Innovating Chicago: The Future Begins Here

Libraries: New Spaces, Faces, Hi-Tech Upgrades

 


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2010 Tours

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Carpe Die’Em: Battling Invasive Species

From the Holocaust to Healing: Conquering Intolerance

Visionary Lakefront Communities

Chicago’s Vibrant Contemporary Art Scene

Public Education: Chicago Style

 


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2009 Tours

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Lords of Vice: Inside Chicago’s Gangs

Spreading the News: From Print to Internet

The Real Pandemic: Diabetes

Gotta Have Art

ABC’s of Early Childhood Development

 


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2008 Tours

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Philanthropic Chicago: Dynamic Agent for Change

Voting Chicago Style

21st Century Planning

CSI: Chicago

Everything Old Is New Again

 


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2007 Tours

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Mapping the Future

Urban Academic Medicine-Visions & Visionaries

Muslims in Chicago: Perceptions & Misperceptions

A Greener Chicago Through Sustainable Design

Academia in the South Loop: A New Look

 


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2006 Tours

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Chicago Museums: Relevant and Reinvented

Children at Risk: Safe Havens

Mystical Magical India

Rejuvenating the Brain

Argonne: Science for Today and Tomorrow

 


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2005 Tours

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Pharmaceutical Challenges

How Does Your Garden Grow

Arts: An Engine for Neighborhood Change

Recipes for Success

Girls in Prison; Problems and Possibilities

 


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2004 Tours

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On the Right Track: Intermodal Freight

Fields of Dreams

Improv-Wise

Art-Full Education

A New Look On Campus

 


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2003 Tours

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Home is Where the Art Is

A Walk in the Park

Water Water Everywhere But…

To Market To Market

It’s a Dog’s Life

 


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2002 Tours

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Current Monumental Restorations

Clothes Encounters, Chicago Style

Digital Chicago

Lake Calumet: Where Industry Meets Nature

What Are the Odds?

  • Visit to a Loop off-track betting parlor
  • Riverboat Casino
     

Emergency!! Ready or Not?

 


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A Haunting We Shall Go

Painting the Town Green

Landmarking…To be or not to be

Immigrants: Who comes, Who stays?

Second to none: Chicago’s Off-Loop theaters

 


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2000 Tours

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Treasures off the Beaten path

Reinventing Downtown

Go to the Head of the Class

Taps and Reveille

Gown and Town

 


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1999 Tours

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1998 Tours

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1997 Tours

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1996 Tours

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1995 Tours

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1994 Tours

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1993 Tours

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1992 Tours

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1991 Tours

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1990 Tours

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1989 Tours

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1988 Tours

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1987 Tours

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1986 Tours

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1985 Tours

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1984 Tours

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1983 Tours

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1982 Tours

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1981 Tours

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1980 Tours

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1979 Tours

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1978 Tours

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1977 Tours

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1976 Tours

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1975 Tours

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1974 Tours

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1973 Tours

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1972 Tours

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1971 Tours

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1970 Tours

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1969 Tours

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1968 Tours

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1967 Tours

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1966 Tours

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1965 Tours

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1964 Tours

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1963 Tours

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1962 Tours

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1961 Tours

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1960 Tours

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1959 Tours

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1958 Tours

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1957 Tours

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1956 Tours

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1955 Tours

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1954 Tours

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1953 Tours

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1952 Tours

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1951 Tours

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1950 Tours

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1949 Tours

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