Civics Lessons

Black, Jonathan
February 2005
Planning;Feb2005, Vol. 71 Issue 2, p4
Trade Publication
This article focuses on Grant Park of Chicago which is a 70-acre oasis of green that lies between the grand old buildings on Michigan Avenue and Lake Michigan. Conceived by Daniel Burnham in 1909, it is home to ball fields, shaded walkways, vast lawns, and Buckingham fountain. Located in the park is the Art Institute of Chicago, a local icon that has expanded over the Illinois Central railroad tracks. The exposed terminus long irked Mayor Richard M. Daley, Chicago's "Johnny Appleseed," who has festooned the city's streets and boulevards with trees, shrubs, and flowers. Daley determined to deck over the tracks with a park.


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