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Director of Public Programming
Loyola University Chicago Recalls History of Chicago’s Famous
Lakefront through Special Exhibition
The Last Four Miles: Completing Chicago’s Lakefront Parks Debuts August 21
CHICAGO, August 18, 2009– Loyola University Chicago’s Crown Center Gallery kicks off its 2009-2010 season with an exhibition that explores an important Chicago issue. The Last Four Miles: Completing Chicago’s Lakefront Parks, set to open on August 21, is presented in tandem with non-profit organization Friends of the Parks.
As urban planner Daniel Burnham famously set out in the 1909 Plan of Chicago, “The lakefront, by right, belongs to the people – not a foot of its shores should be appropriated to the exclusion of the people.” The exhibition highlights the results of a community-based planning effort to develop concept plans for new parkland and greenways where no public parks exist. Drawings, sketches, and plans outlining proposals for the Chicago lakefront by a group of pro-bono architects and planners who worked with citizens, park advisory councils, and community organizations, are the primary focus of the show.
The Department of Fine and Performing Arts (DFPA) will focus this year on the theme of Home, Homeland, Heartland, and this exhibition presents an opportunity to open the dialogue about an issue that is close to our campus, our community, and our city, says April Browning, managing director of the DFPA. As 2009 marks the 100-year anniversary of the Burnham Plan, more than 200 cultural institutions, municipalities, schools, and public agencies are coming together to commemorate Burnham’s work, and we wanted to be a part of this important city-wide programming.
The 1909 Plan of Chicago established a unique vision for the city that sets Chicago apart from most cities in the United States, and indeed, across the globe. In 1973, the Lake Michigan and Chicago Lakefront Protection Ordinance established a special lakefront district that mandates the City of Chicago to create parks along the entire Chicago Lakefront.
The existing 26 miles of Chicago’s public lakeshore park system creates a linear park expanse that is unrivaled for its beauty and public accessibility. However, two lakefront stretches, which total approximately four miles, are not part of the continuous lakefront park system. These four miles include the last remaining barriers to an uninterrupted chain of shoreline parks.
Motivated by the Burnham Centennial Celebration in 2009, Friends of the Parks began a new initiative to work with citizens, park advisory councils, community groups, and public officials to map out a plan to complete Chicago’s lakefront park system from Evanston to the Indiana border. Loyola supports the process of community organizing and is excited by this opportunity to host an exhibition that encourages interaction and feedback on a development issue that would affect Loyola and the Rogers Park and Edgewater communities, says Browning.The Last Four Miles: Completing Chicago’s Lakefront Parks runs from August 21 through September 27, 2009. The Crown Center Gallery will be holding a reception for the exhibition on Thursday, September 10, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Hours for the Crown Center Gallery are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and Noon to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. For more information, or to request regular updates, send an e-mail to email@example.com or visit the DFPA’s blog at blogs.luc.edu/artsalive.
About the Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Loyola’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts combines the disciplines of dance, music, theatre, and the visual arts, and provides students with a quality arts education. This alignment of creative energies, which helps foster interdisciplinary collaboration, combined with the renovation of two buildings on the Lake Shore Campus, has inspired a renaissance of the arts at Loyola University Chicago.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago, founded in 1870, is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university. Enrollment is more than 15,600 students, which includes more than 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s ten schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Loyola is consistently ranked among the “top national universities” by U.S. News & World Report, and the University was named a “best value” in their 2009 rankings. In addition, Loyola is among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about Loyola, please visit LUC.edu.