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Jackson Park In Your Pocket

Jackson Park, seven miles south of Chicago’s business and cultural heart, was designed in the last half of the 19th Century by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted and his partner, Calvin Vaux. In 1869, the newly formed South Park Commission was authorized to establish a major park on Chicago’s South Side, then the Village of Hyde Park. Explore the history and landscape that make up Jackson Park.

  • 1.

    1895 Automobile Race

    1895 Automobile Race

    Slow and Steady - visit the site and learn the story of the first car race in history

  • 2.

    Wooded Island

    Wooded Island

    An island in the city - an artistic island retreat in the 1800s and today

  • 3.

    Introduction to Jackson Park

    Introduction to Jackson Park

    Jackson Park in Your Pocket - get to know Jackson Park through a brief history of the neighborhood's origin

  • 4.

    Jackson Park's Notable Women

    Jackson Park's Notable Women

    The Women's Building and beyond - the legacy of women who helped shape Jackson Park

  • 5.

    Barack Obama Presidential Center

    Barack Obama Presidential Center

    A new Jackson Park - the 2019 construction of the Barack Obama Presidential Center brings the future to Jackson Park

  • 6.

    The Columbia Basin

    The Columbia Basin

    Finding Hidden Heros - from the Columbian Exposition to the Museum of Science and Industry

  • 7.

    Bobolink Meadow

    Bobolink Meadow

    Land given a new life - once the site of the Columbian Exposition to sport fields and a Nike missile site, now woodland area

  • 8.

    The Golden Lady

    The Golden Lady

    Statue of the Republic - the legacy of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition becomes the Museum of Science and Industry

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