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By Dennis H Cremin

ISBN-10: 0809332507

ISBN-13: 9780809332502

On November four, 2008, while president-elect Barack Obama celebrated his victory with a couple of hundred thousand supporters in Chicago, every person knew the place to satisfy. lengthy thought of the showplace and cultural heart of Chicago, supply Park has been the location of tragedy and stress, in addition good fortune and pleasure. as well as serving because the staging grounds for Abraham Lincoln’s funeral procession in the course of the urban, the park has been the atmosphere for civil rights protests and the 1968 Democratic nationwide conference demonstrations. The devoted attended the open-air mass of Pope John Paul II in supply Park, and lovers accrued there to cheer for the Chicago Bulls after their championship wins. The lengthy park overlooking the gorgeous waters of Lake Michigan has performed an energetic half in Chicago and U. S. history.


In 1836, basically 3 years after Chicago was once based, Chicagoans put aside the 1st slender coastline as public flooring and declared it “forever open, transparent, and unfastened. . . .” Chicago historian and writer Dennis H. Cremin unearths that regardless of such cause, the transformation of supply Park to the unbelievable park it truly is greater than a hundred seventy five years later was once a gentle approach, at the start fraught with a scarcity of investment and association, and later challenged by way of erosion, the railroads, vehicles, and a persisted conflict among unique motive and conceptions of development. in the course of the e-book, Cremin indicates that whereas furnish Park’s panorama and makes use of have replaced all through its rocky historical past, the general public flooring maintains to serve “as a demonstrate case for the town and a calling card to visitors.” Amply illustrated with maps and pictures from all through Chicago’s historical past, Grant Park indicates readers how Chicago’s “front backyard” constructed into one of many most interesting city parks within the nation today.

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