CHICAGO'S SOUTH PARKS:
OUR AMERICAN STORIES IN A NATIONAL LANDMARK FOR PEACE
Washington | Midway | Jackson
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.
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.
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Watch Video: Project 120 Chicago - Introduction
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.
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.
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.