Learning from Lake Shore Drive by Julia Bachrach A Three-Part Series December 2021

“Learning from Lake Shore Drive by Julia Bachrach, a Newberry Adult Education Seminars Program

“North Lake Shore Drive has a fascinating history. Conceived as a pleasure drive at the Lake Michigan edge of Lincoln Park, the Drive was built in stages between the 1870s and late 1950s. As the lakefront boulevard was extended to the north and south, it attracted the development of nearby residences in the adjacent Near North, Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Uptown, and Edgewater communities.

“Today, ambitious improvements for the historic roadway are being planned through an initiative called Redefine the Drive. As part of the environmental review processes for this project, Julia Bachrach headed a team of historians that produced a Historic Properties Identification Report. Their work involved conducting intensive research on Lincoln Park, Lake Shore Drive, and hundreds of buildings along the NLSD corridor. In this seminar, Bachrach will share her findings about the architecture, structures, landscapes, and social history of Lincoln Park and the adjacent neighborhoods.

“A consulting historic preservation planner, Julia Bachrach previously served as the Chicago Park District’s historian. Her books include The City in a Garden: A History of Chicago’s Parks. She served as lead author of the Historic Properties Identification Report for North Lake Shore Drive.

“Learning from Lake Shore Drive
Led by Julia Bachrach
The Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program
Three Virtual Sessions. Wednesdays, December 1, December 8, and December 15
Registration – $125

Link to registration


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