Jackson Park, Chicago

United States

On our recent trip to Chicago we ate, drank, made merry, paid our annual visit to the Busy Beaver Button Museum and also found time to visit some of the city’s wonderful parks. The weather was unseasonably warm, resulting in a strange combination of summer temperatures and autumnal foliage; baking sunshine and rustling leaves.

Inspired in part by Erik Larson’s The Devil In The White City, which combines a history of the 1893 World’s Fair with that of a serial killer, we visited Jackson Park, formerly “a desolate, undeveloped waste on the lakeshore” which was landscaped for the fair by Frederick Law Olmsted, designer of New York’s Central Park. It is a magnificent spot, vibrantly beautiful and thrillingly lonely.

Published 6 June 2012

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