If you’ve stopped in the library lately or gotten an email from them, you’ve might have noticed some changes. Here are just a few:
Architect and urban planner Marshall Brown moving forward in re-envisioning open spaces in neighborhoods like Washington Park. Just presented on Chicago Tonight.
Brown presented for the Despres Lecture Series in February 2013 in “Designing Community – Washington Park: Garden City.
The Maker Lab won the inaugural Social Innovator Award at the 2013 Chicago Innovation Awards Wednesday night! We waited in the wings as the presenter introduced video of Library Commissioner Brian Bannon speaking about the Library and the lab. We walked out on stage under the spotlight and looked out into a crowd of innovators cheering us on. To say it was awesome is an understatement.
Paul Durica and Bill Savage led a fun and informative evening about the 1893 World’s Fair. Their reading brought to life the time and atmosphere that surrounded the opening of the fair. They read about the many entertainment businesses that arose in anticipation of the crowds that would pass through, many which closed even before the Fair ended because of a major economic depression in the country. Still, almost 28 million visited the Fair, many of whom visited the places mentioned in Chicago by Day and Night.
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It didn’t take long for the battle between the four cities vying to host the exposition (Chicago, NYC, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C.) to narrow to two – the sophisticated eastern New York and the bawdy “Wild West” Chicago. The initial battles took place in the editorial pages of the prominent newspapers of each. And the lobs were fierce! In the end Chicago was named the victor but had to pledge an additional $5 million for the privilege. (Pay-to-play was alive and well in 1890!) Now the hard work at home began including the playgrounds that Chicago by Day and Night shares with us.
With four cities vying to host the exposition (Chicago, NYC, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C.) what did this city by the lake offer? Incorporated in 1837 with a much smaller footprint than today, Chicago was the doorway to the West, serving as a transportation hub between the tony East and the rugged “Wild West.” By 1871 the city housed more than 30,000 people and had the greatest grain, lumber, meatpacking, and iron industries in the country. A devastating change was coming that would challenge even the bravest of hearts.
9:30 am MTHP Special Concert for Open House Chicago
Join the teachers and students of the Music Teachers of Hyde Park in a special after breakfast concert.
1:00 pm Book Discussion
A lively discussion of The Warmth of Other Suns, this year’s selected work for the annual One Book One Chicago
3:00 pm Bilingualism and Poetry
Explore bilingualism in literature with poets Joanna Kurowska andKatia Mitova. Respond to their poetry in two different languages or two different mediums. Kurowska has authored three poetry collections in Polish and English. Mitova has two poetry collections, in Bulgarian and English.
Open House Chicago 2013 is a program of the Chicago Architecture Foundation. This free city-wide event offers behind-the-scenes access to over 150 buildings across the city, presenting an in-depth look at the city’s growth from its early days to the present.