A PARK IS A WORK OF ART
DESIGNED TO PRODUCE CERTAIN EFFECTS UPON THE MIND...
FREDERICK LAW OLMSTED (1822-1903)
Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture, Jackson Park became the site of the 1893 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, Jackson Park is once again a place for grand vision and innovation, where new benchmarks for urban parks are being established, and where visitors will be able to connect with Chicago's past and future, while discovering the wonders of science, nature and humanity in an inspiring historic landscape that is engineered to be a sustainable natural habitat that uplifts and inspires the mind, body and spirit of all who visit.
Olmsted believed that a park is both a work of art and a necessity for urban life.
One of the most significant and complex historic landscapes in the nation.
Parks and landscapes are living and ever-changing.