Parks, Murals, and the Greenest Street in Chicago Trolley Tour: September 7
Join Friends of the Parks for the "Parks, Murals,
and the Greenest Street in Chicago Trolley Tour" on Sunday, September 7. Hop on
the trolley with Friends of the Parks for a tour of some neighborhoods where
Chicago "grew up".
Park enthusiast Tom Drebenstedt will be talking
parks, arts and community while discovering where Hardscrabble and Pilsen were
born, raised, and now lead our city into the future. On the tour we will visit
the last remnant of the Illinois Michigan Canal, where the canal's original
mouth is found at Canal Origins Park. See Jens Jensen's neighborhood park design at Dvorak Park. Enjoy the colorful murals and public art in Pilsen and see Chicago's greenest street: The Cermak/Blue
Island Sustainable Streetscape. Following the tour we will have lunch at a local
Pilsen restaurant Fogata Village.
Parks, Mural, and the Greenest Street in
Chicago Bus Tour
The September 11 Walter Netsch Lecture Series will
take us into the art world! Chicago based artist John David Mooney will talk
about Public Art in Public Spaces and what inspires him to create the large
scale public art installations we enjoy. Have you ever wondered what the
inspiration behind the Spiral Galaxy at the Adler Planetarium was? Now is your
chance you learn more about it!
The artist's entire public portfolio is to enhance the
public good. His visionary artistic solutions change not only the urban landscape for the common good, but also the rural environment and the
preservation of nature. Always ahead of the times, his generosity of providing
solutions of beauty and efficacy of use has helped us all and changed the city
for the good.
Mooney will present some of his past visionary plans for Chicago including the
transformation of Navy Pier from a shipping facility to a full blown people
place. He will show his proposal for Chicago's first green roof, and a
monumental one at that. Likewise, he will present his designs for a personal
rapid transit vehicle for Chicago.
Mooney's art nurtures both Man and Environment. Topics which he will
Art can take energy collection to new levels"
Art can take a town off the electrical grid."
Art can be the driving force to help sustain the environment."
Walter Netsch Lecture Series presented by Friends of the
Discussion with John David Mooney on Public Art in Public Spaces
Friends of the Parks supports the building and expansion of museums,
attractions, schools, senior housing and other institutions in the City of
Chicago. However, it is a troubling trend that these facilities are
increasingly proposed within our valuable parks and public open
of the Parks is very supportive of the Lucas Narrative Arts
coming to Chicago, we oppose its siting on lakefront public open space. The
Lakefront Protection Ordinance specifically states that, 'in no instance will
further private development be permitted east of Lake Shore Drive'. It is clear
that the siting of the Lucas Museum in this lakefront location contradicts
our prior city visionaries' goal of continuous public open space along the
lakefront. Such a siting of the museum contradicts the Lakefront Protection
Ordinance and our city visionaries' goal of continuous public open space along
Lucas Museum is the most visible and time-sensitive challenge to our city's
public open space.
The site is NOT just ugly parking lots
The open and accessible character of the lakefront is Chicago's most
valuable natural asset
There are very proximate, viable (event better!) alternative sites for the
museum at the Marshalling Yards or the vacant Michael Reese Hospital
the established health, recreation and quality of life benefits associated with
natural and open spaces, Chicagoans need to work together to protect our parks
and public open spaces from the pressures of development. Chicago, ranking 14th
among a total of 18 large U.S. cities when measuring public open space per
resident, lacks sufficient parks and open space for residents and visitors.
Further, there are many alternative development sites which would serve to
catalyze broader economic impact in neighborhoods throughout the City.
is a long road ahead in preserving and protecting our public lakefront,parks and
open spaces and we hope you will take the next step with Friends of the Parks.
Now is the time to SPEAK UP! Please call the mayor, your alderman and oppose the
proposed siting of the Lucas Museum and support moving it ½ mile
If your park has an event they would like Friends
of the Parks to promote in the September calendar please email a description of your event to Maria
Stone by September 2. Please use the following format:
Park name and address
time of the event
2-3 sentence description
If you have a flier or graphic you want to include
please send it in a jpeg
FOTP Accepting Nominations for Volunteer in the Parks
2014 Volunteer Awards Reception will be held on Saturday, October 25th from
2:00PM - 4:00PM at the Dunning Read Conservation Area (4200 N. Oak Park Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60634)
year, Friends of the Parks awards individuals and groups who have most improved
their local park or forest preserve. Please help us celebrate these special
people who make our parks and preserves great by submitting a nomination form
Park District Employee
Forest Preserve District Employee
Sakurada "Friends of Friends" Award
are due by September 19th. Please email Mary Eileen
Sullivan your nominations!
Friends of the Parks is a
thirty-nine year old nonprofit parks advocacy group whose mission is to
preserve, protect, improve, and promote the use of Chicago's parks and public
open spaces. We advance our programmatic, educational, and advocacy work with
the support of our members, donors and volunteers.