Travel Chicago, whose motto is “City in a Garden,” is at the forefront of a global urban greening movement. In Chicago’s Urban Nature, Sally A. Kitt Chappell provides a beautiful guide to the city’s stunning blend of nature and architecture.
At the heart of this urban movement is the idea of connection, bringing buildings and landscapes, culture and nature, commerce and leisure into an energetic harmony. With Chicago’s Urban Nature in hand, you’ll see those connections woven through the fabric of the city. Chappell provides new insights into such historic Chicago sites as Jens Jensen’s Garfield Park Conservatory, Frederick Law Olmsted’s Jackson Park, and Alfred Caldwell’s Lily Pond, then takes us to innovative contemporary green spaces like the North Lawndale Green Youth Farm and Millennium Park. These landscapes have become far more than places of escape and retreat for Chicago’s residents—they are fully integrated into the urban scene, an essential part of the cultural life of the modern city.
Written in an engrossing narrative style, Chicago’s Urban Nature is both a guide to new ideas about what a city can be as well as a guide to new places to visit. Packed with maps and recommended tours as well as splendid photographs, it is the ideal guide to Chicago’s urban landscape.
Sally A. Kitt Chappell is professor emerita of art history at DePaul University. A contributor to the New York Times and other periodicals, she is also the author of the award-winning Architecture and Planning of Graham, Anderson, Probst and White, 1912–1936 and Cahokia: Mirror of the Cosmos, both published by the University of Chicago Press.
“This book should take its place with the ample assortment of guides most Chicago architecture aficionados have on their shelves. As the city becomes greener in the years to come, Chappell’s guide will become even more necessary to understanding Chicago’s development in its entirety.”—Edward Keegan, Chicago Tribune