Exploring Parks on Chicago's North Side | Newberry

Exploring Parks on Chicago's North Side

Saturday, April 12, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Saturdays, April 12 – May 24 (class will not meet April 19)

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Led by Diane Dillon

This seminar will explore the origins and development of several Chicago’s north side parks through a series of walking tours. We will study their evolving goals, landscape designs, and patterns of use, along with their architecture and sculpture. Of particular note will be the relationships between the individual parks and their surrounding neighborhoods and the placement of the parks in the larger history of recreation, sports, and leisure activities. Only the first session will meet at the Newberry.

Diane Dillon is Director of Scholarly, Undergraduate, and Exhibition Programs at the Newberry.

Materials List


  • Julia Sniderman Bachrach’s The City in a Garden (Santa Fe: Center for American Places and University of Chicago Press, 2001); (revised edition, Chicago: Columbia College Press, 2012)

  • supplemented by a few additional readings

CPDU credit for this course is available for Illinois teachers seeking recertification.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and Registration Information 

Six sessions, $200.
Register Online.