Julia Bachrach will lead “Around the Block Tours” of the Art Institute and Grant Park.
Historian Julia Bachrach will lead this tour featuring significant landscapes, architecture, and artworks in Lincoln and Humboldt Parks. Sculptural highlights include: Augustus Saint-Gaudens’s Standing Lincoln, Altgeld Monument by Gutzon Borglum, who also created the Presidential Memorial at Mount Rushmore; and a pair of bronze Bison produced by the sculptor of the Art Institute Lions, Edward Kemeys. On this tour, you will also learn about how Danish immigrant Jens Jensen experimented with Prairie style philosophies in Humboldt Park, and explore Alfred Caldwell’s Lily Pool, one of the nation’s few Prairie style landscapes to be designated as a National Historic Landmark.
Chicago Architecture Foundation
As part of the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Daytime Talk Series, Julia Bachrach will give this tour in honor of travelling exhibition The Landscape Legacy of Dan Kiley now on display in the Lecture Hall Gallery. The tour will begin at the CAF Lecture Hall, and participants will walk to the Art Institute South Garden. Julia will provide insights into Kiley’s masterful early 1960s plan that made this garden into one of Chicago’s loveliest hidden spaces.
Photo: Dan Kiley’s South Garden looking towards Fountain of the Great Lakes, 2010, courtesy of Chicago Park District.
Organized through Bolling Brook Park District
This tour features many of the city’s most fascinating historic and contemporary public fountains and statues. Highlights include Lorado Taft’s Fountain of Time in Washington Park; Lincoln Park’s newly-restored Fountain Girl monument and Charitas--one of the few historic artworks sculpted by a woman artist; and Dale Chihuly’s vibrant Persian Pool at the Garfield Park Conservatory.
Photo: Dale Chihuly’s Persian Pool in Garfield Park Conservatory Aroid House, 2009, photo by Julia Bachrach.
This tour highlights the revitalization of Jackson Park and other South Side historic sites. Frederick Law Olmsted’s Jackson Park, site of the 1893 Columbian Exposition with its iconic golden statue, The Statue of the Republic, will be explored including the Japanese Garden and nearby sculpture by Yoko Ono. Visitors will have docent-led tours of the 1923 Stony Island Trust and Savings Bank building. Acclaimed artist Theaster Gates has transformed the building into the Stony Island Arts Bank—an event space, library, and community center. The tour includes the beautiful South Shore Cultural Center—once an exclusive country club and now a restored community center and special event venue, with lunch at the Parrot Cage Restaurant.
Photo: Aerial view of South Shore Cultural Center and Jackson Park looking north, ca. 1990, Chicago Park District.
This tour offers a rare and exciting opportunity for a nighttime exploration of Jackson Park, the site of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition and iconic work of Frederick Law Olmsted. Historians Julia Bachrach, Tim Samuelson, Ray Johnson and ecologist Lauren Umek will lead the tours.