Forever Open, Clear, and Free: The Struggle for Chicago's Lakefront
Of the thirty miles of Lake Michigan shoreline within the city limits of Chicago, twenty-four miles is public park land. The crown jewels of its park system, the lakefront parks bewitch natives and visitors alike with their brisk winds, shady trees, sandy beaches, and rolling waves. Like most good things, the protection of the lakefront parks didn't come easy, and this book chronicles the hard-fought and never-ending battles Chicago citizens have waged to keep them "forever open, clear, and free."
Illustrated with historic and contemporary photographs, Wille's book tells how Chicago's lakefront has survived a century of development. The story serves as a warning to anyone who thinks the struggle for the lakefront is over, or who takes for granted the beauty of its public beaches and parks.
"A thoroughly fascinating and well-documented narrative which draws the reader into the sights, smells and sounds of Chicago's story. . . . Everyone who cares about the development of land and its conservation will benefit from reading Miss Wille's book."—Daniel J. Shannon, Architectural Forum
"Not only good reading, it is also a splendid example of how to equip concerned citizens for their necessary participation in the politics of planning and a more livable environment."—Library Journal
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Review: Forever Open, Clear and Free: The Struggle for Chicago's LakefrontUser Review - Teresa Sullinger - Goodreads
Fascinating history of Chicago's Lakefront. Yay for Montgomery Ward!! Read full review
Review: Forever Open, Clear and Free: The Struggle for Chicago's LakefrontUser Review - Shane Skeldon - Goodreads
A quick, informative read about the founding if Chicago, and the few who stood up to the many to preserve the lakefront and the park system. Some of the information is dated, as the book was written ... Read full review
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