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Bus Tour

SOLD OUT! Bus Tour | Exploring Chicago’s Union Stock Yard

Saturday, November 13

This event is sold out.

After opening on Christmas Day 1865, the Union Stock Yard made Chicago the “Hog Butcher for the World.” In its heyday from the Civil War era through the 1920s, Chicago processed more meat than anywhere else in the world. Fueled by the westward expansion of railroads and the country’s rapid population growth spurred on by European immigration, the stockyards provided meat products and employment development across the country.

Board the bus at CHM, then head south to Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood with Dominic Pacyga, professor emeritus of history at Columbia College Chicago. First, stop at the Packingtown Museum to get an overview of the Union Stock Yard’s industrial history, cultural heritage, and surrounding neighborhoods. Next, head back the bus for an exploration of related landmarks, such as the Union Stock Yard Gate, St. Gabriel Catholic Church, and Holy Cross Church, and adjacent neighborhoods, such as Back of the Yards, Bronzeville, and Bridgeport, that benefitted from the jobs the stock yards had to offer.

Tour begins and ends at the Chicago History Museum.


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Dominic Pacyga
The Union Stock Yard Gate in the New City community area of Chicago, decorated with flags for the ninth annual International Live Stock Exposition, 1908. DN-0006740, Chicago Daily News collection, CHM
Aerial view of Union Stock Yard, Chicago, October 9, 1947. ST-17500946, Chicago Sun-Times collection, CHM
Cattle pens at the Union Stock Yard, Chicago, June 13, 1951. DN-N-7181
Livestock pens and workers herding sheep at the Union Stock Yards, Chicago, c. 1910. CHM, ICHi-019106; Barnes-Crosby Company, photographer

The Details



13 th

1:00–3:00 p.m.



$ 55

$45 Members

Event Location

Meet at the Chicago History Museum

1601 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60614

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