Chicago’s official motto, “Urbs in horto,” is a Latin phrase that means “City in a Garden.” Over the years, the city’s green spaces have served as testing grounds for revolutionary ideas, programs, and social reform efforts. The parks were shaped by some of the nation’s most significant landscape designers and architects including Frederick Law Olmsted, the Olmsted Brothers, Jens Jensen, Alfred Caldwell, and Daniel H. Burnham. But despite this extraordinary legacy, the city’s green spaces have often been threatened by over-use, development, and neglect.
Julia S. Bachrach, will give this inaugural Tishler Lecture to her alma mater, the Planning and Landscape Architectural Department of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The author of The City in a Garden: A History of Chicago’s Parks, Bachrach served as preservation planning supervisor to the Chicago Park District for 28 years.
Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Image: Chicagoans enjoying the Jensen-designed Prairie River in Humboldt Park, ca. 1910. Chicago Public Library Special Collections, Chicago Park District Archives, Photos.