Come and learn the story behind the beautiful and sprawling Burnham Park! Burnham Park is comprised of over 650 acres of parkland, including over five miles of Lake Michigan Shoreline- starting south of Grant Park and extending to Jackson Park. The park is named for Daniel H. Burnham, ‘The Plan of Chicago’ author, architect and planner. Burnham Park has transformed over the years to better serve both the local community and park visitors from all over Chicagoland and beyond, and as a result has become home to a diverse array of community gathering spaces, active recreation opportunities, thriving natural areas, and historic landscapes. This park is still transforming! Learn more about future park improvements during the tour.
Please note that this event is a walking tour that will go on rain or shine. This event entails about 1.5 miles of walking. Seating and short rests are available throughout. In accordance with other Chicago Public Library events, masks and social distancing are required.
Learn more about park history in the exhibit From Swamps to Parks: Building Chicago's Public Spaces, on display now at Harold Washington Library Center in the 9th floor Exhibit Hall.