CHICAGO'S SOUTH PARKS:
OUR AMERICAN STORIES IN A NATIONAL LANDMARK FOR PEACE

Washington | Midway | Jackson

Chicago's South Parks, A National Landmark for Peace! Help build not only beautiful and inspirational scenery, but establish with us the embodiment of what it means to be American - freedom of mind, body and spirit. Peace among all people and all nations begins with peace on our streets and in our parks!

The South Parks of Washington, the Midway Plaisance, and Jackson in Chicago were laid out by Frederick Law Olmsted and his partner Calvert Vaux in 1871 as one park system called “South Park” – a masterpiece of urban planning and park innovation. A place with not only beautiful and inspirational scenery, but an embodiment of what it means to be an American - freedom of mind, body and soul.

In 1893, with Washington Park completed, Jackson Park and a portion of the Midway became the site of the World's Columbian Exposition where millions of visitors from around the world explored and experienced the best examples of science, industry, art, and innovation in a newly designed city environment that would influence the direction of American architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning well into the 20th century. 
 
Today, the South Parks are once again a place for grand vision and innovation, and an influential component of Chicago's South Side cultural renaissance and resurgence, and with the addition of SKY LANDING by Yoko Ono and the Obama Presidential Library, a marker for peace among all people and all nations.

Recognizing the historical, cultural, economic and ecological significance of the South Parks, Project 120 Chicago, in partnership with the Chicago Park District, is leading a team of interdisciplinary professionals to plan, develop, and carry out improvements that respect, preserve, and renew the character of the landscape as designed by Olmsted, while addressing current and future issues and needs that will promote ecology and community vitality and livability for generations to come.

More to come this Fall 2016! Stay tuned on this page and through Facebook and Twitter

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PROJECT 120 CHICAGO

Project 120 Chicago is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that is partnering with the Chicago Park District and the Community with support of generous donors to revitalize the South Parks and establish The South Parks Conservancy.
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THE SOUTH PARKS

Originally laid out by Frederick Law Olmsted and his partner Calvert Vaux in 1871 as one park system called “South Park” – a masterpiece of urban planning and park innovation. Today, the South Parks are once again a place for grand vision and innovation, and an influential component of Chicago's South Side cultural renaissance and resurgence.
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PROJECTS

Project 120 Chicago is leading a team of interdisciplinary professionals that are working on projects in and around the South Parks, including historic and ecological landscape restoration, new landscape, architecture and art design, park interpretation, and more.
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News & Info

Yoko Ono's 'Skylanding' installation inspires cutting-edge Chicago jazz
In the News

CHICAGO TRIBUNE - SKYLANDING, the Music of Yoko Ono, performed by the Miyumi Project. A new CD to accompany Ono's SKYLANDING installation in the Garden of the Phoenix, Jackson Park, Chicago - stay tuned at skylanding.com, where the music will begin streaming on October 17. Read More

Yoko Ono on Chicago, her life, and her art
In the News

Project 120 is delighted to let you know that a major interview with Yoko Ono is now available digitally and will be featured in the August 7th Chicago Tribune Magazine. The interview talks about her connection to Chicago, her life and art. Read More

The Wooded Island, a Place for Peace
In the News

We now have the opportunity to reestablish this site, and recognize it as one of the most important sites reflecting U.S.-Japan relations for over 120 years.  Yoko Ono recognized this when she first visited the original site of the Ho-o-den in 2013. For her, this site has a unique and extraordinary past and future as symbol of peace. Not just between the U.S. and Japan, but among all people and all nations. In fact, we can all use more peace, not just internationally, but locally on our streets and in our parks. She has given us an opportunity to learn about our past and create the future together.  It is our responsibility to use it. Read More

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