JACKSON PARK ~ The Lagoons

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After the state legislature created the South Park Commission in 1869, the renowned designers of New York's Central Park, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, were hired to lay out the 1055-acre park. Known originally as South Park, the landscape had eastern and western divisions connected by a grand boulevard named the Midway Plaisance. The eastern division became known as Lake Park; however, in 1880 the commission asked the public to suggest official names for both the eastern and western Divisions. Jackson and Washington were proposed, and the following year, Lake Park was renamed Jackson Park to honor Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), the seventh president of the United States.

In 1890, Chicago won the honor of hosting the World's Columbian Exposition, and Jackson Park was selected as its site. Olmsted and Chicago's famous architect and planner Daniel H. Burnham laid out the fairgrounds. The sandy area along Chicago’s lakeshore looked more like a deserted marsh than a site for the World’s Columbian Exposition. Frederick Law Olmsted, however, saw the area’s potential. As landscape architect for the project, he got the fair committee’s permission to use this site. His design called for lagoons and what Olmsted referred to as a wooded isle, but they had not been developed yet. The 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, however, would give Olmsted the opportunity to create his vision. After the fair was over and the buildings torn down, a park would remain for Chicagoans to enjoy. Today this park is known as Jackson Park. A team of the nation's most significant architects and sculptors created the "White City" of plaster buildings and artworks. The monumental World's Fair opened to visitors on May 1, 1893. After it closed six months later, the site was transformed back into parkland. Jackson Park featured the first public golf course west of the Alleghenies, which opened in 1899. Today, two structures remain as impressive symbols of the World's Columbian Exposition. The "Golden Lady" sculpture is a smaller version of Daniel Chester French's Statue of the Republic which originally stood at the foot of the Court of Honor. The original Fine Arts Palace now houses Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry.

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Comments (79)

Verner Gregory on August 9, 2014

Lindo cenário, Marlene, uma bela foto! Saudações do sul do Brasil. Verner.

~Marlene~ on August 10, 2014

Many thanks, Verner, for the kind words and your visit. Both are very much appreciated!

Best wishes, Marlene

Vollbio on August 10, 2014

Das sind schon große Gebäude und mit dem See vorne ein echter Hingucker! DANKE!

~Marlene~ on August 13, 2014

Thank you so much, Vollbio, for the very nice comment and your visit. Both are much appreciated!

Best wishes, Marlene

Mário Eloi Castro on August 13, 2014

Very nice place!

Great panorama!


J.ROLDAN on August 14, 2014

Hermoso y apacible me parece este lugar Marlene,buen sitio para darse un paseo y desconectar del mundano estrés,buen registro del parque..LIKE 56 y FAV 28,un abrazo,desde España,Jose.

~Marlene~ on August 15, 2014

Andres… Mário Eloi… and… Jose…

My thanks to all of you for the wonderful comments and your visits. I'm honored by your Likes and Y*s! Yes, this is a very lovely and historic part of the city & this park and museum building originated from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition.

Best wishes, Marlene

n.p. photography on August 23, 2014

Nice photo Like!

~Marlene~ on August 25, 2014

Many thanks, Nikos, for the kind words and your visit. I'm very happy you Like it!

Best wishes, Marlene

juncujuncu on September 9, 2014

Nice place.


Kamalakar Anthati on September 10, 2014

Beautiful ,Excellent Shot,
Greetings from India,Kamalakar.

~Marlene~ on September 11, 2014

juncujuncu… and… Kamalakar…

My thanks to both of you for the lovely comments and the Likes with extra thanks, juncujuncu, for the special Y*. I appreciate it all, and your visits, very much!

Best wishes, Marlene

What a beautiful scenery!

Excellent photo, I like+fav it a lot!

Friendly greetings,

Nikos1954 from Geece-Piraeus.

~Marlene~ on September 15, 2014

Many thanks, Nikos1954, for the lovely comment and your visit. I'm honored by your YSL!

Best wishes, Marlene

Neil Gilmour on September 18, 2014

A beautiful place! Nice capture. YSL and greetings from Philadelphia. Neil

Corey Coyle on September 18, 2014

Beautiful Picture!!!


~Marlene~ on September 19, 2014

Neil… and… Corey…

My thanks to you both for the lovely comments and your visits. I am honored by your YSLs!

Best wishes, Marlene

Constantin Ciocan on March 6, 2015

I've been 3 times in Chicago but I got in this Park. Your photo is for L & F. Greetings from Bucharest!

Omar Gobbi on November 10, 2015

Wonderful picture, very beautiful capture, LIKE & FAV, cordial greetings. "Omar"

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on July 4, 2014
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    by ~Marlene~
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot SX30 IS
    • Taken on 2014/05/31 16:07:43