SOUTH PARKS REVITALIZATION
THROUGH PARTNERSHIPS

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. 

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 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.

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.
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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

Geoffrey Baer answers viewer question about the history of the Japanese garden
In the News

The history of the Japanese garden actually dates back to the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Jackson Park. In 2013, it was renamed Garden of the Phoenix. Next is SKY LANDING by Yoko Ono in 2016. Read More

Dancer Sono Osato inspires Thodos' new 'Journey'
In the News

Chicago Tribune reports about the intertwined stories that have coalesced in Thodos' new "Sono's Journey," which will debut at the Auditorium Theater on January 9, 2016, where it all began in 1934 for 96 year-old Sono Osato. Read More

Public Workshop | South Parks - February 8, 2016
Workshops & Events

Project 120 Chicago and Chicago Park District are developing plans for the South Parks. Attend a Public Workshop at the Washington Park Refectory at 5531 South Russell Drive to review and discuss Washington and Jackson Park framework plans. Read More

Upcoming Events

Presentation | A New Era from Old Roots - March 7-8, 2016

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Presentation | A New Era from Old Roots - March 7-8, 2016

Morikami Museum and Japanese Garden Delray, Florida @12:00am

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