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.