Celebrating 100 Years of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County

This Thursday, September 12 at 12:15 p.m., head to the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, Claudia Cassidy Auditorium, for a free presentation entitled The Brilliance of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County: Celebrating 100 Years.

Visionaries including Jens Jensen and Dwight Perkins set up the Forest Preserve District of Cook County in 1913, knowing that the expansion of the city would envelope open spaces, prairies and woodlands. The fight for the Forest Preserve District succeeded in giving us a legacy of 68,000 acres of forests for public use and enjoyment.

Here in Chicago, the Friends of the Parks’ Walter Netsch Lecture Series honors renowned architect Walter Netsch’s vision and leadership that changed the culture of the Chicago Park District.  The lecture series offers free quarterly lectures on topics of parks, the environment, urban planning and public policy.  Speakers include policy experts, authors and government officials.  The 2013 quarterly noon lecture series is held in the Claudia Cassidy Auditorium of the Chicago Cultural Center.

Coming up in December . . .

Thursday, December 12 at 12:15 p.m.
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, Claudia Cassidy Auditorium
Rolling on the River: Canoeing, Kayaking and Rowing Expand in Chicago

Mayor Emanuel’s goal to create recreation and fitness opportunities on the Chicago River is visible with the construction of four new boathouses for canoeing, kayaking and rowing. Learn how to take advantage of these new sports on the Chicago River.

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