Park District Historian Presents Free Lecture March 7 on The City in a Garden


Chicago Park District historian and preservationist Julia S. Bachrach will present an admission-free overview of her recently published second edition of The City in a Garden, A History of Chicago’s Parks on Thursday, March 7 at 7 p.m. at Warren Park, 6601 N. Western Ave.  Click here to watch a video about the book.

The book illuminates Chicago’s 175-year commitment to its public parks.  With historical plans, photographs and drawings, it explores how luminaries such as architect Daniel H. Burnham, landscape architect and conservationist Jens Jensen, and social reformer Jane Addams shaped and in¬fluenced Chicago’s venerable green spaces. 

The author will share other second edition highlights including recent research, numerous restoration projects, and newly-designed facilities, such as Millennium Park and Palmisano Park. 

The presentation is sponsored by the Northtown Garden Society.  Books will be available to purchase for $30, and a book signing will follow the lecture.

Julia Bachrach has served as historian and preservationist for the Chicago Park District for more than 20 years.  Bachrach is coauthor of Inspired by Nature: The Garfield Park Conservatory and Chicago’s West Side.

The second edition of The City in a Garden is published by Center for American Places at Columbia College Chicago and is distributed by the University of Chicago Press.


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