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World Fair Trade Week: Trolley Tour of Chicago’s Labor History

May 18 @ 12:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Join journalist Erica Gunderson for a fascinating workers’ rights history tour around the North, West, and South Sides of Chicago! 

All over the world, Chicago is renowned as a crucible in the fight for workers’ rights — but in Chicago, there are few public reminders of its indelible place in labor history. On this trolley tour across the heart of the city, you’ll rediscover that legacy as guests consider how Chicago’s own history made it the perfect place to build a labor movement; visit places like Haymarket Square, where a confrontation between activists and police kicked off events that still reverberate globally; trace the steps of critical figures in the labor movement like Lucy Parsons and Mother Jones; and meet people who continue the fight for workers’ rights today.

Don’t miss out on this one-day-only tour led by award-winning journalist Erica Gunderson, former producer of WTTW’s Chicago Tonight. Spots are very limited, so they recommend booking ASAP.

PLEASE NOTE: Please arrive promptly at 12.45pm for a 1pm start. The tour will both depart from and end at the Chicago Fair Trade Museum at 4704 N Broadway in Uptown.

Ticket pricing: Ticket prices: $55 or $45 for Chicago Fair Trade members (contact us for the discount code). Interested in becoming a Chicago Fair Trade member? Learn more!

This event is part of Chicago Fair Trade’s World Fair Trade Day Celebrations! World Fair Trade Day is an inclusive worldwide festival of events celebrating fair trade and its critical role in combating income inequality, exploitation, and climate change. Hundreds of celebrations will take place in May in over seventy countries. Chicago’s celebration is the biggest World Fair Trade Day event in the US. Check out our full calendar of events on their website.


May 18
12:45 pm - 4:00 pm
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Chicago Fair Trade Museum
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Chicago Fair Trade
4704 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640 United States
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