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Here Now, 100-Year-Old Photos of Chicago’s Greatest Parks

July 16, 2014

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[Concert at Lincoln Park, between 1900 and 1910]

Generations of Chicagoans have enjoyed the many public spaces that make up the city’s park district, and fortunately, the Library of Congress has catalogued decades’ worth of images of Windy City residents enjoying the great outdoors. Chicagoans are proud of their existing public spaces, and beyond excited for the new parks currently in the works. Perhaps Chicago’s best known park, Grant Park is located in the center of the city and features some of the city’s most important tourist destinations. Just north of Grant Park lies Lincoln Park, another one of Chicago’s largest and oldest public spaces. Even further north is Edgewater Beach, which was once the destination for the wealthy. Grab a seat and take a trip to Chicago’s past with these 30 images of Chicago’s great public spaces.

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[Grant Park, sometime between 1900 and 1920]

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[Buckingham Fountain, 1927]

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[Grant Park, 1906]

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[United States Army tournament, 1910]

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[Buckingham Fountain, 1941]

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[Buckingham Fountain, 1941]

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[Buckingham Fountain, 1941]

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[Grant Park, between 1900 and1910]

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[Michigan Avenue and Grant Park, between 1910 and 1920]

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[Grant Park, 1907]

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[Grant Monument at Lincoln Park, between 1890 and 1901]

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[Grant Monument at Lincoln Park, 1900 or 1901]

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[Lincoln Monument at Lincoln Park, 1900]

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[Lake Drive, Lincoln Park, between 1890 and 1901]

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[Flower flag at Lincoln Park, 1900]

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[Lincoln Park Conservatory, 1905]

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[Shore Drive in Lincoln Park, 1905]

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[Lincoln Park, 1900]

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[Flower Beds in Lincoln Park, 1900]

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[Boat House at Lincoln Park, 1905]

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[Children's bathing beach, Lincoln Park, 1905]

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[The Bridge, Lincoln Park, 1905]

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[Shore Drive, Lincoln Park, 1905]

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[Concert at Lincoln Park, between 1900 and 1910]

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[Concert at Lincoln Park, between 1900 and 1910]

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[Lake at Lincoln Park, between 1910 and 1920]

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[Lincoln Park Zoo, 1901]

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[Lincoln Park Zoo, between 1910 and 1920]

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[Edgewater Beach Hotel]

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[Edgewater Beach, 1947]

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