Chicago Parks: Prairie Style and Public Sculptures
Sep
14
9:00 AM09:00

Chicago Parks: Prairie Style and Public Sculptures

Historian Julia Bachrach will lead this tour featuring significant landscapes, architecture, and artworks in Lincoln and Humboldt Parks. Sculptural highlights include:  Augustus Saint-Gaudens’s Standing Lincoln, Altgeld Monument by Gutzon Borglum, who also created the Presidential Memorial at Mount Rushmore; and a pair of bronze Bison produced by the sculptor of the Art Institute Lions, Edward Kemeys. On this tour, you will also learn about how Danish immigrant Jens Jensen experimented with Prairie style philosophies in Humboldt Park, and explore Alfred Caldwell’s Lily Pool, one of the nation’s few Prairie style landscapes to be designated as a National Historic Landmark.

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Bike Talk: Chicago’s Cycling Future
Aug
21
6:00 PM18:00

Bike Talk: Chicago’s Cycling Future

As cycling enjoys a new Golden Age in our region, this session explores the history of bicycling in Chicago while also examining important contemporary questions. What should be done to assure that bicyclists have the appropriate infrastructure? How are cycling resources being distributed within our neighborhoods? Julia Bachrach will illuminate the evolution of bicycling in Chicago. Chicago Reader columnist John Greenfield and city planner Benet Haller will report on the city’s diverse and growing cycling community, and Maggie Melin of the Active Transportation Alliance will forecast the future of cycling in Chicago. This program is sponsored by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. 

Cost: Public $35, CAF Members 28$ Beer and light refreshments (This event is open only to guests 21 years old or older.) Register at architecture.org.

Image: Veledrome in Humboldt Park, 1936, Chicago Park District Records: Photographs, Special Collections, Chicago Public Library. 

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Tour of Dan Kiley’s South Garden of the Art Institute
Jul
26
12:15 PM12:15

Tour of Dan Kiley’s South Garden of the Art Institute

Chicago Architecture Foundation

As part of the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Daytime Talk Series, Julia Bachrach will give this tour in honor of travelling exhibition The Landscape Legacy of Dan Kiley now on display in the Lecture Hall Gallery. The tour will begin at the CAF Lecture Hall, and participants will walk to the Art Institute South Garden. Julia will provide insights into Kiley’s masterful early 1960s plan that made this garden into one of Chicago’s loveliest hidden spaces.

To register: https://www.architecture.org/experience-caf/programs-events/detail/daytime-talk-dan-kileys-south-garden/

Photo:  Dan Kiley’s South Garden looking towards Fountain of the Great Lakes, 2010, courtesy of Chicago Park District.

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Fascinating Fountains and Statues Tour
Jun
19
9:00 AM09:00

Fascinating Fountains and Statues Tour

Organized through Bolling Brook Park District

This tour features many of the city’s most fascinating historic and contemporary public fountains and statues. Highlights include Lorado Taft’s Fountain of Time in Washington Park; Lincoln Park’s newly-restored Fountain Girl monument and Charitas--one of the few historic artworks sculpted by a woman artist; and Dale Chihuly’s vibrant Persian Pool at the Garfield Park Conservatory.

Photo: Dale Chihuly’s Persian Pool in Garfield Park Conservatory Aroid House, 2009, photo by Julia Bachrach.

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Grant Park: Paris in Chicago
Jun
12
11:30 AM11:30

Grant Park: Paris in Chicago

Private Event

During the early 20th century, Chicago’s renowned architects and planners Daniel H. Burnham and Edward H. Bennett envisioned Grant Park as a magnificent French Renaissance landscape. Their famous 1909 Plan of Chicago included Versailles-inspired plans for the lakefront park.  However, improvements were delayed by various obstacles. After Burnham died in 1912, Bennett remained committed to transforming the site into a magnificent French Renaissance landscape, a dream finally realized in the 1920s. During this private luncheon event, Julia Bachrach will illuminate the fascinating story of Grant Park and highlight a few other French contributions to Chicago’s parks.

Photo: Congress Plaza in Grant Park, ca. 1940. Chicago Park District Records: Photographs, Special Collections, Chicago Public Library.

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Historic South Side Revitalization Tour
Jun
8
8:45 AM08:45

Historic South Side Revitalization Tour

Private Event

This tour highlights the revitalization of Jackson Park and other South Side historic sites. Frederick Law Olmsted’s Jackson Park, site of the 1893 Columbian Exposition with its iconic golden statue, The Statue of the Republic, will be explored including the Japanese Garden and nearby sculpture by Yoko Ono.  Visitors will have docent-led tours of the 1923 Stony Island Trust and Savings Bank building. Acclaimed artist Theaster Gates has transformed the building into the Stony Island Arts Bank—an event space, library, and community center. The tour includes the beautiful South Shore Cultural Center—once an exclusive country club and now a restored community center and special event venue, with lunch at the Parrot Cage Restaurant.

Photo: Aerial view of South Shore Cultural Center and Jackson Park looking north, ca. 1990, Chicago Park District.

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Honoring Significant Local Women in Chicago’s Parks
May
8
7:00 PM19:00

Honoring Significant Local Women in Chicago’s Parks

Hear fascinating stories about Chicago’s influential women and the process of naming parks in their honor.

This event is sponsored by Park Rogers Park West Ridge Historical Society and will be held at Indian Boundary Park. It is free to the public, but RSVP will be required. More information to be announced.

(Photograph: Dr. Margaret Burroughs)

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