Although Chicago’s outdoor season is limited, our green space is abundant.
Long ago the city adopted the motto “urbs in horto,” Latin for city in a garden and the city’s leaders have taken that phrase seriously. There are over 8,800 acres of parks, nature preserves, and trails—it’s difficult to know every inch of it.
Aside from the small neighborhood parks, our city has sprawling historic parks from Frederick Law Olmsted’s lakefront parks to Jens Jensen’s Prairie-era parks. Landscape architecture continues to be an area of design Chicago represents with projects like Maggie Daley Park, The 606 and the Riverwalk.
We know many of these parks and gardens aren’t exactly secrets anymore, but with 570 parks across the city it’s hard to know them all. What new things could you discover with fresh eyes?Read More