our (very) abbreviated history of chicago’s fieldhouse:
In 1893, Chicago hosted the World’s Columbian Exposition Jackson Park, Washington Park, and the Midway Plaisance were chosen to host the Exposition. The area was transformed by Frederick Law Olmsted and the leading architects of the day, led by Daniel Burnham Chicago is founded in
Grand Parks are Designed Their design, patterned on the Central Park model, was conceived by the same designers – Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux.
Unfortunately, these grand parks were mostly enjoyed by the elite at the time. Luckily, the superintendent of Chicago’s South Park System, Frank Foster , had a vision. He wanted to make nature more accessible for everyone in the neighborhoods, including the working class, the poor and immigrants. These parks eventually became the neighborhood parks we have today, for everyone to enjoy. They became the hub for every neighborhood with their very own fieldhouses.
264 ft Tall
Today, there are over 580 parks with nearly 300 fieldhouses. Each have their own stories.
Parks are everywhere now! (Thanks Frank!)
Get outside, wander in your local fieldhouse and discover what’s there for you.
The Ferris Wheel was a crowd favorite.
CHICAGO IS FOUNDED IN
Grand Parks are Designed
Their design, patterned on the Central Park model, was conceived
by the same designers – Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux.
264 FT TALL
THE FERRIS WHEEL WAS A CROWD FAVORITE.