Lincoln Park: A Lakefront Legacy | Newberry

Lincoln Park: A Lakefront Legacy

Led by Julia Bachrach. Six sessions. 5:45 - 7:45 pm
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Thursdays, June 13 - July 25 (class will not meet on July 4)

5:45 - 7:45 pm

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (May 7 at 9 am** – May 24 at 4 pm): $230
Regular Registration Price (May 24 at 4 pm – first day of class): $253

** Registration opens online at 9 am. Phone registration will be accepted starting at 10 am.

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

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Seminar Description

First established in the early 19th century as a cemetery, Lincoln Park evolved into one of Chicago’s largest, loveliest, and most active public parks. The park was created by a group of talented landscape designers, architects, and artists that included Swain Nelson, Annette McCrea, Joseph L. Silsbee, Dwight H. Perkins, Augustus Saint Gaudens, and Gutzon Borglum, and its development has been influenced by the challenges, needs, desires, and dreams of the countless Chicagoans who have used it. This seminar will explore the fascinating history of Lincoln Park through three in-class presentations and three walking tours.

Six sessions. E – $230, L – $253

Julia Bachrach is an author, historian, and preservation planning consultant. She holds an MS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and she served as the Chicago Park District’s historian for 28 years. Her books include The City in a Garden: A History of Chicago’s Parks.

Materials List


  • A selection of shorter materials distributed by the instructor.

First Reading:

  • There is no reading assignment for the first class.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.