Chicago architecture tour goes virtual

Open House Chicago’s tour will feature five sites in Austin from Oct. 16 to 25, down from nine in fall 2019. The sites are: Kehrein Center for the Arts, Austin Town Hall Cultural Center, Third Unitarian Church, the Austin State Bank building and St. Martin’s Episcopal Church. Because of COVID-19, some changes have been made. Instead of the usual two-day weekend, Open House is extending to 10 days.

Chicago Bears community tailgate Thursday in Austin

Austin residents are invited to attend a Chicago Bears game tailgate tonight starting at 6 p.m. in the parking lot of the Chicago Police Department’s 15th District, 5701 W. Madison Ave. The event is sponsored by Encompass AV, 33 Realty/Cubed Construction and Walking With a Warrior.

West siders push to change Columbus Park’s name

Three women have started an online petition to rename 135-acre park in Austin. They hope to soon have a name to recommend to the Chicago Park District, which has the power to make the change. Columbus Park was named a National Historic Landmark in 2003. If the park board approves a name change for Columbus Park, it would be the second – after the renaming of Douglass Park after abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

A house in Austin

Former West Sider Jacquelyn Dortch has fond memories of growing up in Austin. She devoted a chapter in her memoir to living in the community, which AustinTalks is republishing here.

Land sale to help build community center in Austin

A $25 million community center would be developed in Austin through a city-owned land sale recently introduced in the Chicago City Council. The proposed North Austin Community Center would be constructed on five acres of vacant, city-owned land at North Laramie Avenue and West Moffat Street.