Thursday, October 6, 2011

Chicagoing: Exploring Turn-of-the-Century Urban Parks

It was in a tiny, roadside restaurant, on our way to St. Louis, that I had a major Chicago discovery: we have a lot of amazing turn-of-the-century parks. Parks with formal floral gardens, duck-filled lagoons, outrageous fountains, incredible architecture, and amazing history. And it was through this vintage poster on the restaurant wall that we made a plan to explore some of the city's historic gems, and scope out some potential SociaBulls walks.
Luckily for us, we have some amazing friends who live near Washington and Jackson parks, and took us on a tour. Both gorgeous Charlie:
 And handsome Sprocket were quite excited to show us their neighborhood:
The neighborhood is filled with tree-lined streets and historical homes. Washington Park is completely enormous and makes you feel like you're not even in the city. They were planning on hosting the Olympics in this park, and it is currently home to a hip-hop circus. Plus they have an outrageous fountain:
 Where Charlie took a quick dip:
 It is linked to Jackson Park through the Midway Plaisance which was actually home to the 1893 Chicago World's Fair  which is depicted in this amazing book. You can't take a ride on the El without seeing at least one person reading it. Besides strolling through these amazing parks, you can also see the University of Chicago campus, and Obama's Chicago home.
And perhaps a SociaBulls walk in the future.

14 comments:

HoundDogMom said...

Looked like a great day for a great walk. That Charlie is a sweet looking pup. Sniffs, The HoundDogs

Froggy said...

Love the Hyde Park pics. It's a lovely neighborhood. My Dad and I sometimes take Maize on long walks along the Midway which is yet another beautiful park there.

Tucker The Crestie said...

Those really are some beautiful parks!

Diane said...

All the pups you show us are amazing but PLEASE tell Sprockets people that he is FANTABULOUS!!!

Hound Girl said...

looks like some awesome weather for a walk in the park

Benny and Lily said...

Your friend gave you a nice tour. It's amazing how many places we can go
Benny & Lily

Jacquelin Cangro said...

I love the architecture inside these old parks. They are so grand and regal. This reminds me of Prospect Park where I live.
What is up with those awesome ears, Sprocket! Quite a looker.

road-dog-tales said...

Wow! That is a fantastic park. Love the sculptures!

The Road Dogs

Daisy Dog said...

Lots of history in that City.

Kitty+Coco said...

First, Sprocket is sooo handsome. What a cutie. Second, you have some fabulous parks there. Ms. M was being very careful to read about safety :)

Kitty+Coco

mayziegal said...

Okay, I just LUVS Sprocket's Most Magnificent ears! What a cutie patootie!

And what very much wonderful parks you have there. We have lotsa parks and they have lotsa neat smells but, well, they're kinda boring to look at.

Wiggles & Wags,
mayzie

Roo said...

Great sculptures on that walk! Looks like you'd like a statue of your handsome self there Mr. B ;)

Waggin at ya,
Roo

Mary said...

Look at the ears on Sprocket! That is the perfect name for him. Miss M was probably wondering what the big deal was with Obama's house-who could be more special than her?

Kate@TwentySixToLife said...

I couldn't get passed Sprocket's ears! SO CUTE!

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