A PARK IS A WORK OF ART
DESIGNED TO PRODUCE CERTAIN EFFECTS UPON THE MIND...

 

FREDERICK LAW OLMSTED (1822-1903)

The South Parks of Jackson, Washington, and the Midway Plaisance 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. 

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.

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 talented 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.

OLMSTED'S VISION

Olmsted believed that a park is both a work of art and a necessity for urban life.
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HISTORIC LANDSCAPE

One of the most significant and complex historic landscapes in the nation.
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21st CENTURY

Parks and landscapes are living and ever-changing.
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News & Press

As we prepare for SKY LANDING...
History

Read more about the 120 year history of the Garden of the Phoenix. Read More

Chicago Tribune reports: Yoko Ono plans art piece for Jackson Park
Announcements

Project120 Chicago, a civic public-private partnership with the Chicago Park District, announces that SKY LANDING by Yoko Ono is being installed in the Garden of the Phoenix located in Jackson Park. Read More

SKY LANDING by Yoko Ono coming to the Garden of the Phoenix in Jackson Park, Chicago
Announcements

SKY LANDING by Yoko Ono
Project 120 Chicago is proud to announce the construction of SKY LANDING in the Garden of the Phoenix in Jackson Park, which will be the first permanent work of art by Yoko Ono in the Americas, and a marker of her place as an artist of profound international influence and of her lifelong mission for world peace. Read More

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