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Paris in Chicago: French Influences and the South Lakefront

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 Grant Park into a magnificent French Renaissance landscape. That dream was finally realized in the 1920s, and since then Chicagoans have enjoyed a sense of Paris by visiting the city’s south lakefront. During this luncheon event, Julia Bachrach will illuminate the French influences on Chicago parks.

Fourth Presbyterian Church Center for Life and Learning
CCL May Luncheon
RSVP required, open to anyone 60 years old or older

Image: Grant Park’s Congress Plaza, ca. 1930. Chicago Park District Records: Photographs, Special Collections, Chicago Public Library.