Chicago Lakefront Bus Tour
February 6, 2010, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Michael Chrzastowski, ISGS coastal geologist, and Eleanor Roemer, Chicago Friends of the Parks, will lead a tour of the Chicago lakefront in association with the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Members of the public are invited to attend, and online registration is now open.
The tour will follow the shoreline from the Indiana state line northward to Montrose Harbor and will address lakefront issues northward to the Evanston city line. The tour will also consider the future of the last four miles of lakefront without public access.
Included in the registration fee is ISGS Guidebook 36, "Make No Little Plans." Written as part of Chicago's year-long celebration of the Burnham Plan Centennial, the guidebook compares the present-day features of the Chicago shoreline with historic images from the 1909 plan Daniel Burnham and Edward Bennett had for the city. Navy Pier, Grant Park, and Burnham Harbor are three of the eight locations described in detail.
The February tour will investigate how the present lakeshore and its construction history compare with the vision outlined in the Burnham plan and the practicality of that vision, based on coastal geology, coastal processes, and coastal engineering. For more tour information, go to http://www.architecture.org/programs.
Updated 10/13/2011 SLD