Forever Open, Clear, and Free: The Battle for the Chicago Lakefront | Newberry

Forever Open, Clear, and Free: The Battle for the Chicago Lakefront

Monday, April 25, 2022

9:30am - 12:30pm

The Newberry Library

Dr. James Montgomery, DePaul University
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

The environmental history of the Chicago lakefront is one of moving nature. What does this mean? Chicago is blessed to have a publicly accessible lakefront with excellent beaches framed by world-class architecture, parks, and museums. Our lakefront has undergone significant physical, social, and cultural transformations as a result of the vigilance and fortitude of individuals and organizations waging battles against developers’ intent on commercializing the lakefront. This seminar explores how the story of the Chicago lakefront is one of continuous social, political, and legal conflicts waged by public and private rights.

Cost and Registration Information 

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