• The Museum of Science and Industry, just blocks from 59th and Stony Island

By now I must have traversed the stretch of 59th Street from Stony Island to Woodlawn Avenue over a hundred times. That’s the shortest route from the Jefferson Express bus to the Max Palevsky Cinema, where University of Chicago’s Doc Films has screened movies since 1987 and where much of my education in film history has taken place. If you live on the north side, rely on public transportation, and have ever seen a movie at Doc, chances are you’ve walked this third of a mile too.

When the weather’s nice, it’s a lovely 15-minute stroll, with the university’s grand mid-19th-century architecture on your right-hand side and Midway Plaisance Park on your left. It has the invaluable effect of creating distance between your life and the movie you’re about to see, of priming you to enjoy it undistracted by everyday concerns. And on the way back to Stony Island, it offers some time to reflect on what you’ve just experienced.