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Chicago’s Remarkable Lakefront

As part of the William & Mary Alumni Association Weekend in Chicago, Julia Bachrach will be the featured guest for the gala dinner during a private charter cruise of Lake Michigan. During the cocktail hour, she will give a presentation on the history of Chicago’s Remarkable Lakefront. The city’s commitment to open space along its Lake Michigan frontage began in the 1830s, when a lakefront parcel was set aside as “Public Ground—forever to remain vacant of buildings.” Over the years, Chicago’s greenspace along Lake Michigan increased to more than 2000 acres largely as the result of new parkland created from landfill. This presentation will highlight the contributions of A. Montgomery Ward as well as planners and architects such as Daniel H. Burnham who recognized that parkland along the lakefront would be one of Chicago’s most enduring legacies.

Gala Dinner and Auction
Chicago Lights Cruise
William & Mary Alumni Association

Image: Lincoln Park landfill extension looking south from Foster Avenue, ca. 1936. Chicago Park District Records: Photographs, Special Collections, Chicago Public Library.

Earlier Event: May 31
Lincoln Park Walking Tour
Later Event: June 7
Prairie in the City