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What's Out There Weekend Chicago

Caldwell Lily Pool

June 11-12, 2011

Join TCLF in Chicago for What’s Out There Weekend, a series of FREE guided tours from expert guides, highlighting the city’s remarkable heritage of historic designed landscapes. During the weekend, members of the public can visit 25 publicly accessible sites around Chicago.

Schedule Tour Guide Kid's Guide Register

Some tours have limited capacity (*) and registration is suggested. Follow the site links below
to learn more about the property, its designers, and its history.

Chicago map

Family Activities

SATURDAY (see Kid's Guide for details)
Exelon (Chase) Plaza- Mosaic making with The Chicago Mosaic School

Sherman Park- Fishing on the pond with Bob Long

Osaka Garden /Jackson Park - Discovering Nature in Chicago Parks with Matt Freer

SUNDAY (see Kid's Guide for details)
Columbus Park - Nature art in the park with Bonnie Tawse

Garfield Park Conservatory - make-and-take activity in the Children's Garden

Saturday, June 11

1 | Graceland Cemetery  (*register)

2 | IIT Campus (*register)

3 | Grant Park and vicinity (*register)
- Grant Park
- Millennium Park

4 | Downtown Public Spaces (*register)
- Daley Plaza
- Exelon/Chase Bank Plaza
- Federal Center Plaza
- Art Institute of Chicago

5 | Lincoln Park
- North Pond
- Conservatory and Gardens
- Lily Pool
- Café Brauer/Carlson Cottage/Lion House
- Lincoln Park Zoo/South Pond

6 | South Parks
- Douglas Memorial
- Fuller Park
- Sherman Park
- Washington Park
- Midway Plaisance
- Jackson Park

7 | Lake Point Tower + Olive Park (*register)
- Lakepoint Tower Roof Garden
- Milton Olive Park

Sunday, June 12

7 | Lake Point Tower + Olive Park (*register)
- Lakepoint Tower Roof Garden
- Milton Lee Olive Park

8 | West Parks
- Wicker Park
- Logan Square and Boulevard
- Humboldt Park
- Garfield Park Conservatory
- Columbus Park
- Douglas Park

5 | Lincoln Park
- North Pond
- Conservatory and Gardens
- Lily Pool

9 | North Shore (*register)
- Fort Sheridan
- Lake Forest - Market Square
- Lake Forest Cemetery
- House of the Four Winds

Telling Stories

Chicago, a city of great architecture, is also home to remarkable and pioneering forms of landscape architecture, from the Prairie style epitomized by Alfred Caldwell’s Lily Pool and Jens Jensen's Columbus Park to significant 20th century landscapes, including the roof garden at Lake Point Tower and Dan Kiley’s design for the Art Institute of Chicago’s South Garden. The goal of What’s Out There Weekend is to tell the fascinating stories about these valuable places and provide the public with opportunities to learn about the individuals who designed and created them.

What’s Out There Weekend dovetails with the Web-based What’s Out There, the nation’s most comprehensive searchable database of historic designed landscapes. The database offers a broad and interconnected way to learn about a region’s historic designed landscapes while What’s Out There Weekend gives people opportunities to experience the landscapes they see every day in a new way.