Chicago's Urban Nature
A Guide to the City's Architecture + Landscape
At the heart of this new urban concept is the idea of connection, bringing buildings and landscapes, culture and nature, commerce and leisure into an energetic harmony. With Chicago’s Urban Nature in hand, you’ll see those connections woven through the fabric of the city. Chappell provides new insights into such historic Chicago sites as Jens Jensen’s Garfield Park Conservatory, Frederick Law Olmsted’s Jackson Park, and Alfred Caldwell’s Lily Pond, then takes us to the innovative contemporary green spaces they influenced, from City Hall’s rooftop garden to the North Lawndale Green Youth Farm to Chicago’s heralded new Millennium Park. These beautiful green spaces, with their unprecedented melding of art, architecture, and ecology, have become far more than places of escape for Chicagoans—they’re now fully integrated into the urban scene, an essential part of the cultural life of the modern city.
Packed with maps and recommended tours, and bursting with splendid photos, this is an essential guidebook for day-trippers, lifelong Chicago residents, and professionals in landscape architecture, urbanism, and design.
A Park Ethic
Introduction: Chicago’s Changing Paradigms
Part I Central Chicago: The Emerald Crown
Part II Near Northeast: Public-Private Cooperation Par Excellence
Part III Chicago River Walks: From Industrial Canal to Promenade
Part IV South: Educational and Cultural Arc
Part V Industrial Chicago
Part VI North: Sanctuaries and Skyscrapers
Part VII West Chicago’s “Country Clubs for the Poor” and the Boulevard System
Part VIII Chicago Botanic Garden
Conclusion: Envisioning the Future
“Chicago is the city meant to be looked at. Justifying that with inspiring clarity, this book surveys the urban vistas as the aesthetic unity of architecture and landscape—and raises the guidebook to new heights of the genre.”