Event: Talk and walk the former Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium


This photograph was taken around the time the Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium opened in 1915, and the building looks almost exactly the same today. I’ll be identifying the original functions of other remaining Sanitarium buildings, searching for remnants of demolished buildings and talking about the history of the Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium at a free tour this coming  Sunday.

North Park Village Nature Center

We’ll meet at 2:00 pm inside the North Park Village Nature Center.  Plan on walking around the grounds for about 45 minutes to an hour, so dress appropriately. (We will not enter any of the North Park Village buildings, other than the Nature Center.)

  • Date: Sunday, November 4, 2012
  • Time: 2 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Free
  • Location: North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski
  • Make a reservation: call North Park Village Nature Center: 312-744-5472.

Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium guardhouse

If you grew up in the area surrounding the TB Sanitarium but have never been inside the green fence, don’t miss this chance to learn about the hidden city within the city.

Hope to see you there.


Photograph Credits:  The Municipal Control of Tuberculosis in Chicago: City of Chicago Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium, Thedore Bernard Sachs, et al., 1915


12 Responses to Event: Talk and walk the former Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium

  1. Bonnie McGrath November 2, 2012 at 12:48 am #

    had a GREAT time when frances did this several months back. learned a lot! i encourage everyone to get out there and see the history… you won’t be sorry..

  2. Christine Hancock November 2, 2012 at 6:23 am #

    I wish I could make this, sounds very interesting but I will be working.

  3. Frances Archer November 2, 2012 at 8:38 am #

    Christine, this is proving to be a popular tour, and I plan to offer it at least once a year, maybe twice. I’ll let you know in the spring. However, they do tend to fall on weekends, which are a bad time for you.

  4. Frances Archer November 2, 2012 at 8:39 am #

    Bonnie, thank you for the plug! And since I’m always uncovering new information about the history of MTS, this talk will be different from my previous one. And there is no rain in the schedule, so we’ll be able to walk at a more leisurely pace.

  5. Dennis Briskin November 2, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

    I would love to join this tour if I were in Chicago. Hope all goes great for those who go.

  6. Frances Archer November 2, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    Dennis, thanks for the vote of confidence. Do you ever get back to Chicago?

  7. Jim Cash November 4, 2012 at 6:06 pm #

    I went on this tour on 11-04-2012 .Frances was our guide&historian&did a great job. We all learned a lot about the M.T.S. that we never knew.As a kid growing up in the 60’s this place was always shrouded in mystery.I’d highly recommend this tour to anyone who has an interest in Chicago history.

  8. Frances Archer November 4, 2012 at 6:39 pm #

    Jim, thanks for your kind words. What a pleasure to meet a reader in person. We should think of another neighborhood tour and get some more readers out.

  9. Shirley fitzpatrick November 5, 2012 at 3:30 pm #

    I heard you talk at Mathers on nov 5. Would like to take your walking tour. Can you let me know by email when it will be? I can understand if that’s too much.

    Loved your talk. Shirley

  10. Frances Archer November 5, 2012 at 3:56 pm #

    Hi, Shirley. I am glad to hear you enjoyed the program. I enjoyed hearing from the woman who was a former patient and from those people who live there now. We will do another tour in the late spring and I will send you an email.

  11. barbara pierce May 22, 2013 at 8:14 pm #

    Love this don’t ever stop writting. Such great memories.

  12. Frances Archer May 24, 2013 at 10:34 am #

    Barbara, thank you!

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