The City in a Garden: A History of Chicago’s Parks

Author and Chicago Park District historian Julia Bachrach, will present a lectures on the recent publication of the second edition of her book, The City in a Garden: A History of Chicago’s Parks.

The author will share other second edition highlights including recent research, numerous restoration projects, and newly-designed facilities, such as Millennium Park and Palmisano Park.

Bachrach documents the city's 175-year commitment to its public parks and explains how luminaries such as architect Daniel H. Burnham, landscape architect and conservationist Jens Jensen, and social reformer Jane Addams shaped and influenced the city's green spaces.

The first edition, published in 2001, garnered widespread praise. WTTW Channel 11 producer and program host Geoffrey Baer hails the new edition as “a book about Chicago treasures from an author who is a Chicago treasure herself.”

Julia Bachrach has served as historian and preservationist for the Chicago Park District for more than 20 years and is responsible for getting many of our city parks on the National Register of Historic Places.

This is a free Northwest Chicago Historical Society joint presentation and Julia Bachrach’s new book; The City in a Garden: A History of Chicago’s Parks - second edition, will be available for purchase after the presentation.

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  • Dottie

    Great the way she tied in things in our specific neighborhood.
    Amazingly interesting facts mixed with great personal anecdotes on how she learned as she gathered information.

    January 13, 2013

  • Christine P

    Interesting lecture.

    January 13, 2013

  • Frank Chambers J.

    Terrific speaker. Knows and cares for her topic.

    January 12, 2013

  • susan

    This was a great lecture! What a treasure of information and images!

    January 12, 2013

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