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Chicago’s Great Park Legacy

  • Glen Ellyn Historical Society 800 N. Main Street Glen Ellyn, IL (map)

In 1837, when Chicago’s nascent government adopted the motto “Urbs in horto,” a Latin phrase meaning “City in a Garden,” the small village of 4000 residents was far from garden-like. But the slogan proved to be prophetic. For nearly two centuries, Chicago’s citizens have rallied for the creation and protection of green space and the city’s parks have served as testing grounds for seminal ideas and social movements.  Nationally acclaimed architects, landscape architects and artists such as Daniel H. Burnham, Frederick Law Olmsted, Jens Jensen, Alfred Caldwell, and Lorado Taft helped shape Chicago’s parks.  Author and historian Julia S. Bachrach will illuminate the history of Chicago’s parks and highlight new additions such as the 606 and Palmisano Park that contribute to the city’s great park legacy.

Refreshments served. Cost: Adults $10, GEHS Members $8, Students 18 and under $5. Register at

Image: Children on Sherman Park’s Island Looking North Towards Field House, ca. 1925, Chicago Park District Records: Photographs, Special Collections, Chicago Public Library.