Chicago Women's Park and Gardens1801 S. Indiana Ave. Chicago, IL 60616 - Ph. (312) 328-0821
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Chicago Women's Park and Gardens 

Chicago Women's Park and Gardens with view of Clarke House
 
Chicago Women's Park & Gardens Fountain with View of Clarke House Museum

Restored in 1999 by the City of Chicago Public Building Commission on behalf of Cultural Affairs, the vision of Chicago Women's Park and Gardens was to create a passive park to pay tribute to the important women in the History of Chicago. Located in the Prairie Avenue Historic District, and surrounding the Clarke House Museum and the Glessner House Museum, the park also has a wide variety of features, architecture, and plantings that can be enjoyed through walkways that provide a lovely dose of solitude amid the surrounding urban environment.

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The roots to creating The Chicago Women's Park and Garden was laid when the city decided to move the Clarke House Museum to its current site in 1997. 



Relocation of Clarke House and Land that would become Chicago Women's Park & Gardens

 


Chicago Women’s Park & Gardens Journey toToday

The history of Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens is not only interweaved with the preservation efforts of the Prairie Avenue Historic District, but it is also a primary fabric of the grass-roots preservation and architectural heritage efforts of Chicago in general. So while the park honors the accomplishments of Chicago’s women, the story of the Park and Gardens history will have much to say about those women who led or participated in it’s birth.

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History of Key Chicago Women's Park & Gardens Design or Development Activities

 1970 Clarke House, is declared a Chicago Landmark and placed on National Register of Historic Places
 1971 The Glessner House Museum, north of Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens , is opened for public tours.
 1975 The Chicago School of Architecture Foundation, drafts ‘The Prairie Avenue Historic District guidelines’ to lay vision and shape “the implementation of the component parts...and functional context”, in the restoration and re-birth of The Prairie Avenue Historic District.
 1977 The Clarke House is relocated from its 2nd location at 4520 S. Wabash Avenue to its current location, and would undergo major renovations to restore it to its mid-19th century appearance.
 1979 The City of Chicago designates the area that will eventually include the Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens and future Park 550 indoor facility as the Landmark Prairie Avenue Historic District.
 1982 Clarke House Museum Restoration is completed and it is opened as an Operating Museum.
 1997  With leadership and inspiration for the park concept from Lois Weisberg, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, the park opens as Hillary Rodham Clinton Women’s Parkand Gardens of Chicago. The park name would changed two years later.
 1998 Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs is assigned responsibility for the fiscal and cultural operation of Clarke House Museum and Women’s Park operation.
 1999 With $2MM in TIF Funds,further develop the park vision, and it is reopened as The City of Chicago Public Building Commission is commissioned toChicago Women’s Park and Gardens.
 2009 The City of ChicagoPark District transfers operation of The Chicago Women’s Park and Garden to The Chicagoand begins renovation of a new indoor community facility at 1801 S. Indiana.
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