Past Events

The Restoration of Wooded Island: A Community Celebration

  • October 22, 2016
  • 11:00am - 1:00pm
  • Wooded Island, Jackson Park
The Restoration of Wooded Island: A Community Celebration
The Restoration of Wooded Island: A Community Celebration
Please join us in celebrating the public opening of Jackson Park’s historic Wooded Island

An ecological restoration in the Olmsted style, showcasing his vision for an island “rich in variety, color, and play of light and shade”

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

Open house tours from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Tours meet at the South Parking Lot: 2865 East Hayes Drive

Tree Planting and Tree Care Workday in Washington Park

  • October 01, 2016
  • 9:00am - 10:00am
  • Washington Park
Tree Planting and Tree Care Workday in Washington Park
We welcome everyon to join this community event and wonderful opportunity to work together to plant and care for trees in Washington Park - a very special place in Chicago which has served countless generations of Chicagoans.  On this occassion, we will be planting two larger oaks, which will make the area just north of the DuSable Museum a wonderful spot for kids, family and community to come together as these trees grow. Planting these and other new trees before winter is important, as we know Washington Park will be losing many ash trees due to the emerald ash borer and in general, know Washington Park needs its tree canopy replinished. It's a community event, with something for people of all ages to participate in!

DATE AND TIME: Saturday, October 1, 2016 (Registration and Schedule below)

LOCATION: The tree planting and tree care work will take place in Washington Park at 54th/Cottage Grove (near playground, just north of the Dusable Museum) (Street parking available)


9:00am Bird Walk (optional)
9:50am Volunteer check in and waivers signed
10:00am Orientation and planting instructions
10:15am Planting begins
2:00pm Event concludes

ORGANIZERS: Openlands, in collaboration with Project 120 Chicago

  • Participants should be ready at 10am to participate in planting instructions.
  • We will also be mulching, watering and weeding to diversify the experience and provide tasks for people of all ages.
  • All supplies will be provided, including work gloves, shovels, rakes, etc. Please wear closed-toe shoes.
  • Water and granola bars will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring a re-usable water bottle. You are welcome to pack a lunch if desired.
Contact Michael Dugan at Openlands
Office: 312-863-6256 | Mobile: 312-489-8543

Thank you!
Project 120 Chicago


  • October 01, 2016 12:00am - October 31, 2016 12:00am
  • The Garden of the Phoenix, Jackson Park, Chicago
SKYLANDING is where the sky and earth meet and create a seed to learn about the past and come together to create a future of peace and harmony with nature and each other. - Yoko Ono

SKYLANDING, Yoko Ono's first permanent public installation in the Americas, will be dedicated in the Garden of the Phoenix on the Wooded Island in Chicago's Historic Jackson Park.

SKYLANDING is an immersive,12-petal lotus arising from the ashes of Japan's Phoenix Pavilion, a gift to the people of Chicago following the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. Representing a wish for peace with layered significance for our past and present, and full of hope for our future, we are excited for you to share in this new gift to the people of Chicago, and the world.

August 2016 Chicago Tribune Story and Interview
June 12, 2016 Ground Healing Ceremony
More information coming soon.

O'Donnell to speak to the Alliance for Historic Landscape Preservation

  • May 31, 2016 12:00am - June 05, 2016 12:00am
  • The South Parks, Chicago
THIS WEEK! Patricia O’Donnell, FASLA, AICP principal of Heritage Landscapes LLC, will be in Chicago to speak to the Alliance for Historic Landscape Preservation, which is holding its annual meeting in Chicago.

O’Donnell is recognized as the national expert in historic landscapes designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. She led the restoration of such iconic sites as the National Mall and Capitol Square, Washington DC; the Biltmore Estate, Ashville, NC; and the Emerald Necklace in Boston. Throughout her career she has undertaken some 80 projects addressing more than 50 Olmsted parks, parkways, historical sites, communities, botanical gardens and reservations.

Currently O’Donnell is leading an $8 million restoration of Jackson Park. This project, which combines ecological and historic preservation goals, is funded by the Army Corps of Engineers, the Chicago Park District, and Project 120 Chicago. This is the first landscape improvement project of such a major scale in Jackson Park since the 1930s. Some areas will be completed and open to the public this summer. LEARN MORE:

Launch of the Garden of the Phoenix Digital Experience

  • May 24, 2016
  • 12:00pm - 11:00pm
On May 24, 2016, Project 120 Chicago and The Garden of the Phoenix Foundation are launching the next installment of The South Parks: Our Stories that Connect Us series.

From the opening of Japan in 1853 to the arrival of the Phoenix Pavilion for the 1893 Columbian Exposition to the new Garden of the Phoenix, this digital interactive timeline explores the stories that connect Japan and the U.S. Though there have been chapters of highs and lows, we celebrate mutual understanding and years of friendship.

Scroll to watch the full story unfold or explore the chapters that connect with you. Each chapter has a gallery of images and articles to help you learn more.

Tree Planting in Washington Park

  • May 21, 2016
  • 9:00am - 1:00pm
  • 60th Street and St. Lawrence Ave, Chicago IL 60637
Want to plant trees in the historic South Parks?  Join us in magnificent and historic Washington Park on Saturday, May 21, 2016.

Register here - The registration link will give you further details about the event and meeting spot. This program is run by Openlands, and supported by Chicago Park District, Washington Park Advisory Council, and Project 120 Chicago.

Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, Washington Park is one of Chicago’s most significant historic landscapes. Originally considered the “western division”—a 367-acre portion of the enormous 1055-acre South Park—it was connected to the park’s “eastern division,” Jackson Park, via a grand boulevard called the Midway Plaisance. 

The planting area is located at 60th St. and St. Lawrence in Washington Park.



Presentation & Japanese Garden Walk

  • May 01, 2016
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Museum of Science & Industry & Wooded Island, Jackson Park

MAY 1, 2016 (Sun) 2:00 – 4:30PM
Free to Public (RSVP -

  • PRESENTATION: 2:00-3:15PM @ Museum of Science & Industry (Little Theater) (5700 S Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637)
  • GARDEN WALK: 3:30-4:30PM @ The Garden of the Phoenix, Jackson Park (Located immediately south of Museum of Science & Industry on the Wooded Island in Jackson Park, Chicago
Sponsored by: Chicago Park District, Project 120 Chicago, the Garden of the Phoenix Foundation, Jackson Park Advisory Council, Japanese American Service Committee, and Japanese American Historical Society
PRESENTATION: In the Garden of the Phoenix - The Life of Shoji Osato

Robert W. Karr, Jr. will introduce the life of Shoji Osato (1885-1955), who arrived in the U.S. at the age of 19 to pursue the American Dream. In 1935, with wife Frances Fitzpatrick and their children, he assumed care of the Garden of the Phoenix in Jackson Park, Chicago. When war erupted in the Pacific in 1941, he was deemed an enemy of the state and was interned on the Southside of Chicago. His family persevered. His eldest daughter Sono starred on Broadway as the all-American girl in Bernstein’s On the Town in 1944-46, while his son Timothy joined the 442nd RCT in 1943 at age 18, and risked his life on the front lines in Italy. 

Mr. Karr, President of Project 120 Chicago and the Garden of the Phoenix Historian, will also connect the Garden’s extraordinary past to SKY LANDING, a symbol of peace and the first permanent work in the Americas by international artist Yoko Ono, which is rising from the site of the original Phoenix Pavilion (1893-1946) in Jackson Park

GARDEN WALK: In the Garden of the Phoenix
Following the presentation, we will walk to the Garden of the Phoenix located at the north end of the Wooded Island, immediately south of the Museum of  Science & Industry. We will tour the Japanese garden and explore the site of SKY LANDING by Yoko Ono, which was the original site of the lost Phoenix Pavilion. You will also preview the Wooded Island and surrounding areas, which are under-going a mult-million dollar historical and ecological revitalization.

For more information, including videos, please visit the following websites: and

Lecture & Discussion - Health and Wellness and Japanese Gardens

  • April 30, 2016
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Montgomery Place, 5550 South Shore Drive (Accross from Museum of Science & Industry)

2:00-4:00PM at Montgomery Place, 5550 South Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60637
RSVP Required:
Sponsored by: Chicago Park District, Project 120 Chicago, the Garden of the Phoenix Foundation, and Jackson Park Advisory Committee

The Garden of the Phoenix (Jackson Park) in Context:
Japanese-style Landscapes in America, Then and Now
Lecture by Dr. Kendall Brown

This lecture explores the fashion for Japanese gardens in America in the first decades of the 20th century, tracing their presence at worlds’ fairs, commercial sites, and great country homes across the country and in Chicago. It then explores both the social and psychological reasons for this, and concludes by suggesting how Japanese gardens are playing new, dynamic roles as sites of wellness and transformation today. Following will be a discussion led by Karen Szyjka, Chicago Park District, regarding a pilot program for Well-Being Walks at the Garden of the Phoenix.
Dr. Kendall H. Brown is Professor of Asian Art History in the School of Art at California State University, Long Beach. He is a leading figure in the study of Japanese gardens in North America. His book, Quiet Beauty: The Japanese Gardens of North America (Tuttle, 2013) is considered the definitive study in this field.

The Garden of the Phoenix, Jackson Park, Jackson Park was established in 1893 with a gift from Japan.  Until the loss of the Phoenix Pavilion in 1946, it was one of the best examples of Japanese architecture and garden outside of Japan.  Today, it is the site of SKY LANDING, by Yoko Ono and a place for peace and contemplation, as well as health and wellness.

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

  • March 07, 2016 12:00am - March 08, 2016 12:00am
  • Morikami Museum and Japanese Garden Delray, Florida

Robert W. Karr Jr., President, Project 120 Chicago, will present at the North America Japanese Garden Association's (NAJGA) Biennial Conference – Towards A Healthier World, Japanese Gardens As Places for Wellness and Transformation at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Garden in Delray, Florida. NAJGA is bringing together more than 40 garden specialists from six countries: Japan, Canada, the United States, United Kingdom, China and Australia for two days of learning, exchange and camaraderie.

Mr. Karr, along with Prof. Clark and Prof. Pendleton, will present under the topic Gardens and Transnational History: Stories of Rebirth, Solace and Peace

Robert W. Karr Jr., President, Project 120 Chicago
A New Era From Old Roots - Can a Japanese garden be instrumental in transforming the community around it? Mr. Karr will review the path taken to dramatically transform the historic Garden of the Phoenix in Chicago, providing the story of the place and a holistic plan to revitalize the garden and over 1,000 acres of surrounding parkland as part of a Chicago South Side renaissance. 
Bonnie Clark, Ph.D
Solace In The Soil: The Entryway Gardens of Amache - Prof. Clark will introduce a little-known Japanese-American internment camp landscape of amazingly varied entryway gardens. These well-preserved gardens display ingenuity in design, materials and techniques and are a testimony to the healing power of Japanese-style gardens during times of stress and upheaval.
Brian Pendleton, Ph.D
Healing the Memories of War and Transforming US-Japan Relations - Prof. Pendleton retraces the steps of the 1961 Garden Club of America tour group in Japan and reflects on the role played by gardens in healing the bitter memories of war. He considers the relationship between the Japanese hosts and American guests in light of the US occupation and reflect on the transformation of US-Japan relations during the Cold War and the role of cultural and human exchanges.

Read more about the Conference


Public Workshop | South Parks – February 8, 2016

  • February 08, 2016
  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Washington Park Refectory 5531 South Russell Drive in Washington Park, Chicago
The next South Parks Public Workshop will be held on Monday, February 8, 2016 at the Washington Park Refectory at 5531 South Russell Drive. We will review the Jackson Park and Washington Park framework plans, and next steps for reestablishing the South Parks as one park system as designed by Olmsted and Vaux.
South Parks Public Workshop
Monday, February 8, from 5:00 to 7:30 pm 
Washington Park Refectory at 5531 South Russell Drive

5:00 PM - Sign-in and review boards before formal presentation and discussion.

We recommend reviewing materials on the Project 120 Chicago website, including the videos: South Parks From Above and South Parks Revitalization Through Partnerships.

5:30 PM - Washington Park Framework Plan Presentation and Discussion
On November 8, 2015, a public meeting was held to discuss the current and future uses and improvements in Washington Park. Click to review the materials made available and reviewed during that meeting. At the February 8 public meeting, draft concepts for improvements will be presented and discussed.

6:30 PM - Jackson Park Framework Plan Presentation and Discussion
At the February 8 public meeting, we will review current drafts of the Jackson Park Framework, Circulation, and Project plans. Click to review the current drafts. The implementation of these plans will revitalize, and in some cases restore, the Olmstedian style for Jackson Park, including topography, path alignment, lagoon and harbor overlooks, and plantings.

Current projects in the framework plan will not be discussed in detail. Projects information is included on the Project 120 Chicago website: (1) Olmsted Natural Areas Project (GLEFR - 114 acres) (Phase 1 Construction begin January 2015); (2) SKY LANDING by Yoko Ono (Ground dedication occurred in June 2015); (3) The Phoenix Pavilion & Music Court (Concept phase, with plans to be developed in 2016); (4) The Great Lawn (Restoration of 40 Acres on Lake Michigan)(Concept phase, with plans to be developed in 2016).

7:20 PM - Discuss Next Steps
Future meetings will be held to ensure that local residents, concerned civic groups and institutions, park users and advisory councils are involved. In addition to meetings, we are also receiving community input through the South Parks Community Users Survey | CLICK TO GO TO SURVEY
Project 120 Chicago is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit working in partnership with the Chicago Park District and the community 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.

With a focus on sustainability – social, economic, and environmental, we are developing the framework for The South Parks Conservancy, a permanent organization that will manage and foster the South Parks in partnership with the public.

Learn more on the Project 120 Chicago Website
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World Premiere | "Sono's Journey - A Story Ballet" - January 9, 2016

  • January 09, 2016
  • 7:00pm - 10:00pm
  • The Auditorium Theater, Chicago
SONO'S JOURNEY - A new dance ballet from Thodos Dance Chicago in Collaboration with Project 120 Chicago and The Garden of the Phoenix Foundation
A must see! Tickets are now on sale for the January 9, 2016 world premiere of Sono's Journey at the Auditorium Theater. 50 E. Congress. Purchase Tickets. "Sono Osato's story is our story, a universal tale about overcoming the adversity we encounter in our lives."  To learn more about Sono's Journey, watch the video.
Sono's Journey, created and choreographed by Melissa Thodos, is a full company, contemporary dance story that artistically reflects the life of acclaimed Japanese-American dancer Sono Osato's incredible journey, from her roots as a young girl in Chicago, to her defining audition on the Auditorium Theatre stage that launched her international dance career at age 14 with the original Ballets Russe de Monte Carlo, to her position today as one of the most inspirational, barrier-breaking artists ever in American dance.

In a prepared statement, Robert Karr, Jr., president of Project 120 Chicago said: “Project 120 Chicago strongly believes in the power of the arts to tell human stories, and we are absolutely thrilled to collaborate with Thodos Dance Chicago to bring Sono Osato’s story back to where it all began. Osato’s story is our story – a universal tale about overcoming the adversity we encounter in our lives.”
 “Sono’s Journey” is the third new work to emerge from Thodos Dance Chicago’s “American Dance Legacy Project,” which is dedicated to drawing attention to the creative voices of renowned American dance artists who are no longer visible to the public. The Project’s first work was “Fosse Trilogy,” a trio of rarely performed works by Bob Fosse, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. The second was a suite of pieces choreographed by iconic Chicago modern dance legend Sybil Shearer, funded in part by the Morrison-Shearer Foundation.
Tickets to “Sono’s Journey” ($28-$68) are now on sale. Call (312) 341-2300 or go to Purchase Tickets.

Presentation | "The South Parks: Our American Story" - December 10, 2015

  • December 10, 2015
  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
  • Chicago Cultural Center, Cassiday Theater

Friends of the Parks’ Walter Netsch Lecture Series Presents

The South Parks: Our American Story

Speaker: Robert W. Karr, Jr, President, Project 120 Chicago
Date: December 10, 2015, 12 Noon - 1:00PM
Location: Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., Chicago, IL 60602
Claudia Cassidy Theater (Admission Free)

About the Lecture: 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. Keynote speaker Robert W. Karr, Jr. will present on the work underway with the Chicago Park District to revitalize the South Parks (Washington, Midway and Jackson). Karr will not only discuss the future of the parks, but also the history that establishes these parks among the most interesting and significant urban parks in the nation.

About the Series: Friends of the Parks’ Walter Netsch Lecture Series honors renowned architect Walter Netsch’s vision and leadership that changed the culture of the Chicago Park District. The lecture series offers free quarterly lectures on topics of parks, the environment, urban planning and public policy. Speakers include policy experts, authors and government officials. The 2013 quarterly noon lecture series will be held in the Claudia Cassidy Auditorium of the Chicago Cultural Center. The complete schedule of the Friends of the Parks’ Walter Netsch Lecture Series includes discussions by authors, historians, planners and environmentalists.

Public Workshop | South Parks – November 9, 2015

  • November 09, 2015
  • 2:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Washington Park Refectory 5531 South Russell Drive in Washington Park, Chicago
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.
South Parks Public Workshop
Monday, November 9th, from 2:00 to 7:00 pm 
Washington Park at the Washington Park Refectory at 5531 South Russell Drive

2:00 PM - Open House with the Chicago Park District, Project 120 Chicago, and Heritage Landscapes
4:00 PM - Review and discuss Washington Park History, Ecology and Uses
5:00 PM - Review and discuss Washington Park History, Ecology and Uses
6:00 PM - Review and discuss Jackson and Washington Parks Framework Plans
6:50 PM - Conclusion and Next Steps

South Parks Community Users Survey | CLICK TO GO TO SURVEY
We welcome you to share information about your use of the parks and ideas for their improvement with Project 120 Chicago and the Chicago Park District.

Presentation | Revitalizing Historic Jackson Park - June 7-10, 2015

  • June 07, 2015 12:00am - June 10, 2015 12:00am
  • St. Petersburg, Russia | 52nd World Congress of the International Federation of Landscape Architects
Revitalizing Historic Jackson Park: Integrating Heritage and Ecology, Sustainability and Resilience in Chicago
Presented by Patricia M. O'Donnell FASLA, AICP, Principal, Heritage Landscapes LLC, IFLA Cultural Landscapes Committee, Global Chair

Location | Date
52nd World Congress of the International Federation of Landscape Architects
St. Petersburg, Russia.
Date: June 7-10, 2015
Beginning in February 2014, Project 120 Chicago has engaged award-winning and internationally recognized preservation landscape architect and planner, Patricia O’Donnell, FASLA, AICP and her firm Heritage Landscapes LLC to help lead the revitalization of Jackson Park.  The first project was started in March 2014 with the Chicago Park District (CPD), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and community stakeholders to develop and implement plans to preserve and restore significant elements of the Olmsted character of Jackson Park, beginning with the approximately 114 acres that are included in the USACE Section 506 Great Lakes Fishery & Ecosystem Restoration Project (Olmsted Natural Areas Project, Project 1).

Designs were completed for this Project 1 by CPD, USACE, and P120 in August 2014. A comprehensive Framework Plan for all of Jackson Park was completed in December 2014. Construction on Project 1 began January 2015. Planning, design, and other work continues in and around Jackson Park and Washington Park in accordance with the baseline principles outlined below.
Presentation Abstract:

The restoration and revitalization of historically and ecological valuable landscapes is challenging as the values and methods used to achieve each outcome independently might be in direct conflict with each other. In Chicago, the revitalization of Jackson Park is a unique ecological restoration designed in the Olmsted style. Currently under construction, this project is the result of a private-public-civic partnership that seeks to revitalize this park and thereby uplift an embattled neighborhood.

Jackson Park became popular during the 1893 World Columbian Exposition. Two years after the demolition of over 200 of the fair’s temporary structures, the Olmsted landscape design firm reshaped the landscape into a public park. Situated on Lake Michigan waterfront near downtown, the park is located within an urban mosaic that includes diverse South Side neighborhoods. Recognizing the historical, cultural, economic and ecological significance of this park, a team of talented, interdisciplinary professionals, landscape architects, planners, ecologists, engineers and construction specialists, collaborated to interweave biological and cultural diversity in order to enhance the vitality and resilience of this degraded public landscape.

Previous projects in historically valuable landscapes have wrestled with the tension between historic and ecological values, often resulting in an unbalanced outcome that favors only one. This unique collaboration targets that elusive balance, valuing both legacies and potentials, by acting on an understanding that culture and nature are entangled and inseparable. This collaborative work is guided by the following project principles:
  • Entanglement- Nature and culture are inextricably intertwined in this landscape and native biodiversity and historic cultural diversity can be achieved together;1
  • Compatibility- Through creativity and innovation, principles of historic landscape design and restoration ecology can work together to renew the Olmstedian vision while enhancing native habitat;2
  • Resilience- Native plant communities of the region, once established can effectively stabilize this aquatic and terrestrial landscape, providing fruitful habitat for resident and migratory species, reducing landscape maintenance demands, and enhancing climate change resilience;3
  • Sustainability- Uplifting a historic park has been shown to sustain the surrounding neighborhood and revitalize the city addressing all three pillars of sustainability:  economy; environment; and society.4
These baseline principles draw from both historic preservation and ecological restoration practice to address this biologically and culturally diverse public landscape. Embracing the entanglement of nature and culture, this project is designed to simultaneously reinforce Olmstedian character and support habitat within long-term landscape management resource constraints.

The project originated as an ecological restoration, recognizing importance of lakefront open-spaces in landscape-scale ecosystem connectivity and as a resource for resident and migratory birds, particularly under the pressures of climate change. The community’s response and historic significance of the site required a project design team that could reconcile historic preservation and ecological restoration simultaneously. Heritage Landscapes collaborated to envision Jackson Park as entwined human habitat, in which a renewed cultural landscape offers the societal benefits of a healthy, scenic open space while recognizing the benefits of stable lagoon shorelines, removal of damaged and invasive species, re-introduction of native natural communities, improved resilience in the face of climate change, and the use of durable construction techniques and materials.
Patricia M. O'Donnell FASLA, AICP¹
Lauren Umek, MS, PhD Candidate, Biology and Conservation Ecology²
Gregory Wade Devries, ASLA3
¹ Principal, Heritage Landscapes LLC
² Project Manager, Department of Cultural & Natural Resources, Chicago Park District
3 Project Manager, Heritage Landscapes LLC
(1) Contemporary scholarship in the social sciences on the concept of entanglement highlights the necessity of interdisciplinary approaches, as exemplified in the diverse contributions to Patterned Ground: Entanglements of Nature and Culture, Stephan Harrison, Steve Pile, and Nigel Thrift, eds., London: Reaktion Books, 2004, and expanded on with archaeological implications in Ian Hodder, Entangled: An Archaeology of the Relationships between Humans and Things, New York: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012. Entanglement is the term applied to the “ICOMOS IUCN Connecting Practices" presentation by Steve Brown, the joint program of ICOMOS and IUCN to integrate cultural and natural asset conservation, ICOMOS General Assembly, International Scientific Committee on Cultural Landscapes ICOMOS IFLA, 6 November 2014, Florence, Italy. Applications of entanglement theory, including to climate change, are noted in Brad Weiss and Marisol de la Cadena, “Natureculture: Entangled Relations of Multiplicity,” Fieldsights – SCA Meetings, Cultural Anthropology Online, 1 May 2010,
(2) The practice of historic park landscape preservation within the realm of cultural landscapes has a well-developed methodology that focuses on preserving and restoring landscape character and character-defining features. Likewise the practice of ecological restoration has a robust methodology based on achieving ecological functions and habitat objectives. The literature for both areas is dense. This project innovates in attempting to apply both methodologies simultaneously.
(3) USA EPA defines resilience as “the ability of a system, community or society exposed to hazards to resist, absorb, accommodate to and recover from the effects of the hazard in a timely and efficient manner, including through the preservation and restoration of its essential basic structures and functions.” EPA, “Climate Impacts in the Midwest,” .html. While the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) Local Governments for Sustainability notes that a resilient society “focuses investment on increasing a city area’s overall ability to support a vibrant, healthy society and economy under a wide range of circumstances.” ICLEI, 2011, Financing the Resilient City: A Demand Driven Approach to Development, Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Adaptation, ICLEI Global Report. USA EPA “Climate Impacts in the Midwest,”

(4) The publication of Our Common Future, also known as the Brundtland Report, coined the term "sustainable development" and popularized three elements of sustainability: economy, environment, and society.  World Commission on Environment and Development, Our Common Future. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1987.


Public Meeting | Jackson Park Framework Plan- January 13, 2015

  • January 13, 2015
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm
  • University of Chicago, Ida Noyes Hall
Public Meeting | Jackson Park
January 13, 2015
Jackson Park Framework Plan Overview
6:00PM, Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Location: University of Chicago, Ida Noyes Hall
1212 E. 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637

Project 120 Chicago will present an overview of the JACKSON PARK FRAMEWORK PLAN, which is being developed in partnership with the Chicago Park District and the community. The plan is a roadmap for the park’s revitalization, and includes four major projects: PROJECT 1 - Olmsted Natural Areas Project (140 acres); PROJECT 2 - SKY LANDING by Yoko Ono (site of the original Phoenix Pavilion on the Wooded Island); PROJECT 3 - Music Court and Park Pavilion; and PROJECT 4 - The Great Lawn (40 acres – East Lagoon Area North of 63rd). Project 1 is currently under construction. Projects 2-4 are in design.

The research, design process, and vision of the framework plan and each project will be discussed.

Introduction: Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th Ward)

Presenters: Robert W. Karr, Jr. - President, Project 120 Chicago
Patricia O’ Donnell - Landscape Architect, Heritage Landscapes LLC
Kulapat Yantrasast - Architect, wHY