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Radical Hyde Park: Bill Ayers Records Walking Tour of Neighborhood

By Sam Cholke | February 17, 2016 6:21am
 Bill Ayers (r.) has recorded a new walking tour of Hyde Park.
Bill Ayers (r.) has recorded a new walking tour of Hyde Park.
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HYDE PARK — Now curious tourists can see Hyde Park through the eyes of Bill Ayers, who has recorded a new audio tour of the neighborhood.

Ayers, a former University of Illinois at Chicago professor who was cast by Republicans as the face the dangerously liberal Hyde Park during Barack Obama’s presidential two elections, has recorded a walking tour through the neighborhood.

The start of the tour, which is available free on VoiceMap, is downtempo with Ayers starting at the University of Chicago Laboratory School musing about a neighborhood full of “chaos, conflict, contradiction.”

He makes stops at the DuSable Museum of African American History, the Robie House and other neighborhood landmarks like the Midway Plaisance.

“It’s a wide and landscaped ditch actually,” Ayers says in the introduction.

Several tracks are available online for free, but to hear what Ayers says about Obama’s house and other landmarks, the site charges $2.99 for the full tour.

The audio tour is available online on the VoiceMap site.

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