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Chicago Parks Old and New Tour

This tour, given as part of the Illinois Parks and Recreation Conference, will highlight two fascinating historic parks on Chicago's Northwest Side: Kilbourn and Athletic Field parks. Both have lovely Revival style field houses dating to the 1920's and designed by Chicago architect Clarence Hatzfeld. Today, these parks provide diverse programs. Kilbourn Park is well known for its organic greenhouse, and Athletic Field for its ceramics studio. The tour also features one of Chicago's newest park facilities, Jesse White Park, with a major community center designed by Ghafari Associates that won a 2015 Design Excellence Award from the American Institute of Architects.

Image: Clarence Hatzfeld’s work in Athletic Field Park includes this Mediterranean Revival style field house, constructed in 1926, photo by Julia Bachrach, 2016.