Exploring Chicago's Parks on the North Side | Newberry

Exploring Chicago's Parks on the North Side

Led by Diane Dillon
Saturday, March 19, 2022
Eight sessions. Saturdays, March 19-May 14. Class will not meet on April 16


In person

Newberry Adult Education Seminars will meet both virtually and in the building for the Winter/Spring term. Although we are still primarily virtual, you will find a smaller selection of in-person seminars in the schedule. For more information about the Newberry’s virtual seminars, including a Zoom tutorial, please see our Virtual Seminars FAQ page. If you have questions about online learning, please reach out to adulteducation@newberry.org. Registration opens Wednesday, January 19th at 9am (Central time). Registration will take place through our online platform, Learning Stream.

Register via Learning Stream here

This is an in-person class at the Newberry. Following guidance from public health officials, all visitors are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Learn more about our visitor policy and the measures we’re taking to create a safe learning environment at the Newberry

Seminar Description

This seminar will explore the origins and development of several of Chicago’s parks on the north side. We will study their evolving landscape designs, goals, and patterns of use, along with their architecture and sculpture. Our introductory session at the Newberry will introduce the class to the library’s collection of materials related to the parks, offering advice on how to pursue specific research topics of interest to the seminar members. The remaining sessions will consist of walking tours, enabling us to study the parks first hand. We will pay particular attention to the relationships between the individual parks and their surrounding neighborhoods and to the place of the parks in the larger history of recreation, sports, and leisure activities..

Eight sessions. Registration – $280/$252

Diane Dillon is a scholar-in-residence at the Newberry Library specializing in the history of Chicago’s art and culture. She holds a PhD in the history of art from Yale University.

Materials List


  • Instructor-Distributed Materials

First Reading:

  • There is no first reading assignment.

Cost and Registration Information 

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, January 19th . Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning January 12th at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

Please note: The Newberry uses Learning Stream for all Adult Education Seminar registrations. For more information about registration, including a guide to online registration, see our Registration Information page. Questions? Please contact seminars program staff via email at adulteducation@newberry.org.

We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.