Forever Open, Clear, and Free: The Struggle for Chicago's Lakefront

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University of Chicago Press, 1972 - Political Science - 175 pages
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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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Contents

The Beginnings
1
It Would Only Be Necessary to Make a Canal
4
The Land They Labeled Free
19
The RailroadontheLake
26
A City Circled by Parks
38
The Rise and Fall of White City
64
When You Deal with Montgomery Ward
71
Daniel Burnham Makes a Plan
82
The Age of Cement and Convenience
99
You Can Have Too Much Green Grass
120
The Future
149
Bibliography
173
Index
177
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