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Prairie in the City

During this luncheon program, Julia Bachrach will present “Prairie in the City,” featuring the contributions of Jens Jensen (1860 – 1951), who is widely considered Dean of Prairie style landscape architecture. A Danish immigrant, Jensen saw great beauty in the natural landscape of the Midwest. His landscapes incorporated native plants, stratified stonework, “prairie rivers” and other natural-looking waterways, as well as carved out spaces called sun-openings or clearings. Jensen was concerned about the impact of industrialization on urban dwellers. This session illuminates the ways in which Jensen used landscape designs to create an idealized sense of home as well as escape from the reality of life in the tenement districts of Chicago.

Libertyville-Mundelien Community Associates of the Art Institute

Image: Storytelling at the Columbus Park Council Ring, ca. 1925. Courtesy of Frank Waugh Collection, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Earlier Event: June 2
Chicago’s Remarkable Lakefront
Later Event: June 23
Chicago Parks Old and New Bus Tour