November 23, 2011

Parks, Gardens & Greenscapes

Urbanize Green Spaces for the Masses
This post is divided into various parts that include traditional Parks, Gardens, Garden Walks, Doggie Parks, People Spots, and then greenspaces that located along street cafes  
I begin with a video ....
This WTTW video highlights how Chicago neighborhood parks were the answer for urban dwellers.
A landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted believed that public parks could serve as meeting grounds for people of different backgrounds and economic means that could be played out in a rich diversity of ways. 
Urban and Regional Parks Could Serve 
as memorials of each of their own communities
like the Wendt Playlot on Roscoe Street
from the Chicago Park District
 images - Chicago Park District history section

'In the early 1850's, a park movement emerged in Chicago, when visionary citizens began to rally for the creation of the nation's first comprehensive park and boulevard system. A physician, Dr. John Rauch led a successful protest to set aside a 60-acre section of a public cemetery as parkland, marking the beginnings of Lincoln Park. This inspired citizens to press for three separate acts of state legislation establishing the Lincoln, South, and West Park Commissions in 1869. Although the three park commissions operated independently, the overall goal was to create a unified ribbon of green that would encircle Chicago.' - Chicago Park District
The Parks & Gardens of the Lake View Area:
Kerfoot Park
once located along the existing lakefront the general area 
of Sheridan Road and Irving Park Road
photo and text via Constructing Chicago 
by Daniel M. Bluestone
half of stereotype image - Calumet 412
An Historical Account
Read more about the life of 
Samuel H. Kerfort in 1896
S.H. Kerfoot was not only a known horticulturist but a one of the saviors of property re-recognition after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 (most of the property records were destroyed during the fire). When 17 year old Kerfoot moved to Chicago he was hired by a
real estate company that was owned by James Rees, the same person who co-owned Lake View Hotel along with Elisha Huntley (his original home). Mr. Rees, Elisha Huntley, and S.H. Kerfoot would use the hotel and the park/garden space to attract visitors from Chicago to vacation and buy property around there properties, an area that was known by the 1870's for it’s county-like breezes from the lake. In fact, the hotel was located off a bluff over-looking the lake for decades until late 1880’s when a roadway was constructed along the lake shore to be called Sheridan Road.
Lincoln Park, the park
(a link to another post about it)
During the time of Lake View Township/City the area north of Fullerton Avenue was part of the township 
hence within old Lake View
'Band Concert Lincoln Park Chicago'
image - New York Public Library
From 1869-1889 Lincoln Park was administered by a board of commissioners from both the City of Chicago and the Township of Lake View. Before the annexation of 1889, Lake View Township's southern border was Fullerton Avenue except a small and narrow portion of the lakefront that the State of Illinois granted to the City of Chicago in 1869
(Fullerton to Diversey) but still administered by both city and township administrations. Currently, there is a park within a park at Lincoln Park parallel to Roscoe Street on the other east side of LSD called Arthur Telscer Memorial Playground. Read more about the connection between Lake View and this park within my post called 'Sharing Lincoln Park.'
Could have been the
 'Central Park' for Lake View
The Sisters of Good Shepherd Property
We could have had a couple acres of park at one time!
A 1966 Article
Green Spaces of All Kinds:
How conventional park spaces began
In the early 1850's, a park movement emerged in Chicago, when visionary citizens began to rally for the creation of the nation's first comprehensive park and boulevard system. A physician, Dr. John Rauch led a successful protest to set aside a 60-acre section of a north-side public cemetery (Chicago Cemetery) as parkland that marked the beginnings of Lincoln Park, the park.
The first official urban public park in the City of Chicago was located at Hull House on South Halsted Street in 1897.

Poster of opener
Lincoln Park Expands Northward
The Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps of 1905 show the proposed park along the lakefront to be called Belmont Yacht Harbor.  
Sanborn Fire Maps that depict the plans for Belmont Harbor which was open to the public in 1916
Between the years 1900-20 of Lincoln Park greatly expanded with creation of Diversey Harbor, Belmont Yacht Harbor in 1913 and the start of landfill for Montrose. Ernest Burgess created a concept that each neighborhood of Chicago should have their own park land available for residents in 1929...
1908  Residents of the District of Lake View 
petition for park-land  
Working class citizens demanded open space during this time period that was closer to their homes and workplaces (manufacturing plants along the North Chicago River and Fullerton Avenue) other than along the lakefront. 
That same year in 1908 Wrightwood Park, located in the new District of Lake View, was created from an old clay pit that was currently used as a ice pond as the Sanborn Maps show below. 
Clay Pits were used for the manufacturing of bricks for streets and dwellings. A number of pits were located in this area in the 19th century most south of Diversey and currenlty in the Community of Lincoln Park.
 Sanborn Fire Map 1894
Sanborn Fire Map 1923
In 1910 the Northwestern Elevated had a garden contest along their tracks from Belmont Station through the Ravenswood Line (Brown) hence creating a concept of green space on a very local level other than grand boulevards and established parks. One can say garden walks may have stem of this idea. Also in 1910 when Lake View was referred to as a district within Chicago, there was a park listing by the Daily News Almanac under 'small parks' there was a green space called Gross Park on Otto Street - Otto Street was renamed 
Gross Park on Henderson designed by Samuel E. Gross who had an ornate park space in mind for working class citizens of his subdivision. This concept would be repeated almost a century later by Mayor Richard Daley with  the construction of green-space medium strips throughout the city. 
General Area of the Park
 zoomed view of the green space
Sanborn Fire Maps 1923
The Chicago Park District received substantial funds through President Roosevelt's (WPA) Works Progress Administration for park improvements and programs. In the late 1940s, a Ten Year Plan led to dozens of new parks including a progressive school-park concept. In 1959, the system expanded again, when the City of Chicago transferred more than 250 parks, playlots, sanatoriums, and beaches to the Chicago Park District. 
As of 2012, CPD is the steward of over 7,700 acres of open space, totaling more than 570 parks, 31 beaches, 50 nature areas, and 2 world-class conservatories and host of thousands of special events, cultural, nature, sports and recreational programs. The Chicago Park District still remains the nation's leading provider of 
Redline greens
Greenview Avenue just north of Roscoe
In 1993 the City of Chicago drafted a plan of action. 
The City Space Plan presented their key findings and recommendations of a comprehensive effort for creating 
and preserving open spaces in an urban landscape.
1922 cartoon called 'Their Playground'
image - National Archives and Records Administration
Although the first sandlot opened in Boston in 1886, the playground movement didn't begin to develop until the mid-1890's, when playgrounds were opened in nine major cities including Chicago. After that owners of 'settlement houses' or local civic groups opened 'open vacant spaces' called playlots, often modest dirt lots, on land donated or lent by philanthropistsA wide coalition of child-saving reformers including social settlement house workers, progressive educators, and child psychologists urged municipal governments to construct playgrounds where the city's youth could play under supervised and controlled conditions.
a 1937 Donation of Property 
for Playlots
1940  Status of Playlots 
in Lake View
1945 Police lead organizations
 for Playlots
1966  A Neighborhood Association 
Petitioned for a Park 
(click on article to enlarge)
1969 A Coal Yard
 into a Parkground
(click on article to enlarge)
1971 A New Park 
Sheridan Road & Broadway
The List of Parks in Lake View
Lake View is fortunate to have four playground parks and eight playlots within its neighborhood borders. Most playlots are associated with existing playgrounds for means of administration and maintenance. 
These following park spaces are classified as park grounds
with a size of 5 to 25 acres in size.
The City Public Parks in Lake View
1972 - Gill Park
1975 - Sheil Park 
2011 - Lois Klein Park
2014 - Margaret Donahue Park
2018 Google Map View of Parks/Playlots in the Area
referred by the kids as 'Blue Park'
photo - Chicago Park District
In the mid-1960's, the South Lake View Neighbors Association began to push for a playground in their crowded community. In 1966, the Chicago Park District agreed to create a new park at the corner of N Lakewood Avenue and W Wolfram Street. Using both city Park Improvement Bond funds & U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Grant Funds, the park district purchased the property two years later. Before long, the new park was equipped with basketball and volleyball courts, playground apparatus, a sand box, and a spray pool. In 1969, the park district recognized residents' efforts by naming the site South Lake View Park. Subsequent improvements include a 1993 playground rehabilitation. As of 2018 the patrons of the park were looking for private funds to renovated this less than an acre space. Before that it was a coal yard called Clark Coal & Company per this 1950 Sanborn Fire Map below.
and it final demise in 1958 after its abandonment
photo below - Time Out Chicago
photo - Pinterest
Lois Klein Park was created by the Chicago Park District in 2010 after several years of planning and land acquisition. Designed by the Hitchcock Design Group, the park has a whimsical playground. In 2011, the Chicago Park District’s Board of Commissioners named the park in honor of Lois Klein, a neighborhood activist who inspired members of the Lake View community in the 1980's and 1990's. Born and raised in Chicago Lois Klein (1931-1997) lived for over 30 years just two blocks from the site that now bears her name. During her life, she made many positive contributions to her neighborhood by participating in community meetings and volunteering for the local alderman’s office. 
However, the bulk of her energy was focused on helping children. For many years she volunteered at two local schools, John J. Audubon Elementary School and St. Andrew School. Ms. Klein’s concern about neighborhood children prompted her to advocate for safety improvements to address the dangerous intersection at Lincoln Avenue Addison Street, and Ravenswood Avenue. She rallied the community to petition for improvements at the intersection. Ironically, in 1997, Lois Klein was struck by a car at that very intersection. Due to Ms. Klein’s tragic death, the intersection was soon modernized and made safer for pedestrians. 
photo - Erica C. via Yelp
Gill Park honors Lake View resident Joseph L. Gill (1886--1972), a Chicago Park District Commissioner, and local Democratic party leader. Gill served as 46th Ward Democratic Committeeman for more than 60 years. He was chairman of the Democratic County Central Committee from 1950 to 1953, and is said to have engineered Richard J. Daley's first nomination for mayor in 1955. Gill served the public in various capacities, including as controller of the Forest Preserve District beginning in 1919, as Illinois state representative from 1926 to 1930, and as clerk of the Municipal Court for most of the subsequent three decades. In 1960, Mayor Daley appointed Gill to the Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners. Gill was serving as park district vice president at the time of his death in 1972. Two years before, the park district had decided to establish a recreational facility on West Sheridan Road in the densely-populated Lake View neighborhood. By 1972, the site had been acquired with the help of funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and plans had been developed for a multi-story field-house with a swimming pool, a gymnasium, and an assembly hall. Neighbors refer to the impressive structure as the "high-rise field-house." The park district installed a new soft surface playground at Gill Park in 1991. The park once surrounded one of last SRO's in Lake View called the Chateau Hotel.
Plans in 1970
 entrance to indoor facilities on Sheridan Road
photo - Gill Park Basketball
outside park area
2012 photo - Adriane P. via Yelp
photo - Kieth H. via Yelp 2013
Gill Park is trying to get a face lift due to the sale and renovation of the Chateau Hotel as of 2014
Sheil Park
photo - Google Maps
Sheil Community Center honors the memory of Archbishop Bernard J. Sheil (1886-1969), pastor at Lake View's St. Andrew's Catholic Church for more than three decades. A supporter of ecumenical efforts and of the rights of racial minorities and laborers, Archbishop Sheil was often referred to as "the friend of the little guy." His interest in young people led him to found the Catholic Youth Organization in 1930. Sheil Community Center is located in the heavily-populated Lake View neighborhood, on land once occupied by the Hanson Laundry Company. The Chicago Park District purchased the property in 1973, demolishing the laundry plant. In 1975 the park district broke ground for a field-house with a gymnasium, a craft-shop, & club rooms. 
Margaret Donahue Park
once referred to as School Street Park
The design for Margaret Donahue Park in 2013
 photos - Red Tricyle
The Chicago Park District has worked closely with the School Street Advisory Council, Alderman Thomas M. Tunney of the 44th ward and the Chicago Cubs on the development of a new park in the Lake View community. The $1.2 million park includes a major playground installation. The advisory council formally requested that the new park be named in honor of Margaret Donahue (1892 – 1978), one of the first women executives in major league baseball. The Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners complied with the request, and the park was officially named in 2014. Born on a farm in Huntley, Illinois, she moved to Chicago at the age of 16 to find a job as a secretary. In 1919, with only one year of high school a year of secretarial training, and a brief position at a laundry, Donahue was hired as a stenographer by William Veeck, President of the Chicago Cubs (and father of longtime Cubs owner Bill Veeck). 
photo - Chris Gent Landscaping Studio
At the time, the only other woman who worked for the Cubs was the team’s bookkeeper. That woman soon left, and Donahue took over, performing as both secretary and bookkeeper. She quickly took over many responsibilities including ticket sales, stock transfers, providing press passes, and handling gate receipts for other Wrigley Field events such as Chicago Bears professional football games. Before long, she was traveling with the Cubs. In 1926, Veeck promoted Donahue to corporate secretary, an unprecedented role for a woman in the major leagues at that time. She brought many innovations to professional baseball such as season tickets, providing off-site ticket locations, and selling reduced priced tickets for children. When Donahue was promoted to vice president of the Chicago Cubs in 1950, she was the first woman in this role in the major league to have come up through the ranks. Donahue retired in 1958, prompting Phillip K. Wrigley to issue a proclamation describing her as a “nationally acknowledged authority on the intricacies of baseball rules and regulations.” When Donahue died in 1978, she was eulogized by Jack Brickhouse / WGN.
Margaret Donahue Park - 2015 photos
The Lake View High School Park
photo - Chicago Historical Schools
a community shared park space 
within the property of the Chicago Schools
The Parks of Ravenswood
Chase Park
Neighborhood of Uptown
formerly known as Gunther Park
4701 N Ashland Avenue
 photo - YouTube
 photo above - Yo Chicago
photo below - Running to Globe
Some History ...
Sanborn Fire Maps of the location
1928 view when Our Lady of Lourdes Church when the building was located east of Ashland Avenue
1950 view view when Our Lady of Lourdes Church when the building was moved west of Ashland Avenue
Our Lady of Lourdes students walk from the clubhouse along Ashland Avenue in 1944. The park district allowed the students access to the building after a school fire.
one of the first in Chicago
fenced-in parks for private use
photo - Wikipedia
The field had a wooden fence in the outfield and a covered grandstand. It was abandoned in 1913 after the construction of Wrigley Field. In 1914 the Ravenswood Improvement Association and local residents petitioned the Lincoln Park Commission to convert the former baseball stadium into a public park. The park commission acquired the land in 1920.
Neighborhood of North Central
photo - Pinterest
photo - Eric Rojas' Blog
photo - 'Midnight Circus in the Parks'
 photos - Green Parent Chicago
photo - DNAinfo
 photo - TimeOut Chicago
Future and Past
photo - DNAinfo
Read more about a return to nature
1946 of the corner of Montrose and Lincoln Avenue
below photo - Ravenswood-Lake View Community Collection
 The Lake View Playlots:
These following public green spaces are classified as playlots that average between 0.5 to 1.5 acres in size.
Playlots are administered by a park supervisor of an existing nearest neighborhood park. Some were property lots that may have had a building on it at one time or not.
once located on Pine Grove and Brompton Place
with some articles from 1949
article #2
The List of Playlots as of 2017
1938 -  Hermitage Avenue Park (same as Helen Zatterberg) 
1946 -  Pines Kiddy Play-Yard (not in existence today)
1949 -  Weisman Playlot Park 
1950 -  Merryman Playlot Park     
1987 -  Warner Park and Gardens (private-owned)
1991 -  Kelly Playlot
2012 -  Space Park
2019 - AIDS Garden Chicago
Juniper Playlot was once 'Greenview/Waveland Baby Park' 
per this 1963 headlline photo from the 
Lincoln-Belmont Booster Newspaper

Wendt Playlot Rehab in 2013
A sample of a playlot's renewal and re-dedication 
This playlot earned the approval of the city park district in 2012 to renovate the space as well as a re-dedication that following year. The first dedication was in 1991. I was part of its re-dedication.
the old stuff is gone & waiting for the new equipment
Design Plans
The design plan was chosen 
by the neighborhood association of the area
new equipment and new cement in place
The 'suits' were there!
Vintage Views
Photos below are vintage playlot photos 
when it was just a near vacant lot with a swing
photos 1980's - George GEO
"back in the late 80's when the park was first converted from a run down empty space to the new and improved version, there was a party and dedication to celebrate... there was an effort made by the Wendt family to have the park named in his honor and they did some fund raising ( as I remember ) to cover expenses of the conversion that were not covered in the Park District budget ( like the front gate and fence, among other items )... his wife and daughters that survived him spoke at the dedication." - testimonial from 'GEO' 2014
'Space Park' on Roscoe
photos via Triangle Neighbors Association
a pamphlet for the new park

and The Final Product ...

A Water Retention Project along the Lake
via 44th Chicago Ward Office
to help end needless flooding

 AIDS Garden Chicago
to be located in Lincoln Park at Barry & Lake Shore Drive and near the existing Belmont Harbor parking lot
2018 Google Map view
The Mission Statement
'The mission of the AIDS Garden Chicago is to create and maintain a garden space for reflection and education about the AIDS Epidemic. The Garden honors those that have passed and those that have survived, and celebrates the heroes of the AIDS Epidemic and their ongoing work to eradicate HIV/AIDS.The AIDS Garden will be built along the Belmont Rocks, a space the gay community would gather at since the early days of Chicago's LGBT movement. The Rocks were about claiming the right to be, to exist, to gather outside and to be out of the shadows and the closet. The AIDS Garden seeks to help preserve that memory and to honor the history of HIV/AIDS in Chicago. It is fitting to create a garden in that Belmont Rocks space.  Since the early days of gay movement, the Belmont Rocks were a place to call our own. The lakefront stretch of stone and grass from Belmont to Diversey harbors was a public space Chicago’s LGBTQ community claimed from the 1960's through the 1990's. This was more than a frequented area. The Rocks were a political statement tied to our liberation, a symbol of our right to be here, our right to exist, and our right to gather outside and in the sunlight at a time when our bars still had blackened windows.  Community happened along this undesirable strip of uneven limestone blocks. Relationships and friendships happened here, hook-ups, unions, memorials, picnics, cookouts, dance parties, and rallies. Artwork covered many of these stones. At the Rocks, people lay in the sun, watched the sunset before going out, and sat to watch the sunrise after the bars closed. In 2003 the Belmont Rocks were bulldozed and removed as part of a revetment project to safeguard against shoreline erosion. The Rocks themselves may be gone, but this portion of the Chicago shoreline will forever remain a place of celebration, joy, and remembrance in the pre-AIDS era and the throughout darkest days of the epidemic.' - Aids Garden website
2018 photo below via Tom Tunney, 44th alderman
The Presentation in 2019

The Groundbreaking Ceremony 2021
photo - Owen Keehnen
On June 2, various local officials, including Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, helped break ground at the AIDS Garden Chicago—the city's first public park to memorialize the early days of Chicago's HIV epidemic, and to honor those who continue to fight against the disease. The event took place in front of the garden's anchor piece, the 30-foot Sculpture. The 2.5-acre garden is situated on Lake Michigan at the original location of the historic Belmont Rocks, a space where the local gay community gathered between the 1960's and 1990's. The Chicago Parks Foundation is leading the garden's fundraising and community conversations. Established in 2013 as the nonprofit partner of Chicago's parks, the Chicago Parks Foundation operates in a public-private partnership with the Chicago Park District to provide fiscal partnership to foundations, organizations, and individuals who wish to support their parks.
construction views 2021
photos - Garry Albrecht
view from the south
and a view from the lakefront
My favorite garden with a historical story along with it
Then there is a green space on Sheridan Road and Lake Shore Drive called Sheridan Triangle Garden. Although
owned by the CTA this 'garden park-like' space is managed by the volunteer residents who reside near by as a non-profit.
photos from their website
'About six years ago, Weinberg, a resident of 3800 N. Lake Shore Drive, started the nonprofit after she was given the keys to the shack by a resident of 3900 N. Lake Shore Drive. Inside was, as Weinberg described it, "floor-to-ceiling CTA junk, metal chairs and old-fashioned Christmas bulbs. "Weinberg and a few hardworking volunteers, including a city police officer and 46th Ward Ald. James Cappleman, cleaned out the shack and started planting perennials, trees and shrubs in the garden. Weinberg said the nonprofit volunteers also hang up Christmas lights that still are lit now, plus change the decorations for Halloween and spring.' 
from an article from DNAinfo 2017
photos - Sheridan Triangle Garden
I am a volunteer as of 2013
2016 photo - Garry Albrecht
The Annual Spring Clearing & Cleaning in 2017
photos by me
a planning discussion by the shed
a new look for the garden below
the initial design changed - the tree has been removed for a another designed then planned ...
 photos - their website

photo - Jill Weinberg

My Facebook page, LakeView Historical supports this space - a non-profit organization for two reasons ....
1) the voluntarism involved in the creation of a wonderful green space along the inner drive and ....
it has history ...
A 1869 University of Chicago map of northern part of Pine Grove (Lake View East) subdivision that shows the hotel
2) it marks the area location of the Lake View Hotel - the hotel/resort that served as a meeting place for potential real estate investors and homeowners from 1854-1890ish. The Kerfoot property mentioned in the beginning of this post was located just north of the Lake View Hotel. Mr Kerfoot garden space was apparently along Irving Park Road & Halsted Street near the existing shoreline of the lake.
3) I have a petition to the 46th Chicago Ward office to petition the Landmark Commission to safeguard and existing garden space that was a block away from the hotel.
edited map - Google Maps
Written by me for a local historical association
The Dedication Ceremony at the Garden in 2019
This image compiled by me 
for my Facebook page ...
A Private Garden
Warner Garden Park

This garden much like Sheridan Triangle Garden is supported by a neighborhood group in the Graceland West 
neighborhood of Lake View.
 In the late 1990’s, NeighborSpace, a non-profit organization devoted to creating community open spaces in Chicago, established a passive park with a perennial garden in an under-served area of the Lake View community. The organization named the 14-acre site the Warner Garden because it is located on Warner Avenue. The Chicago Park District has a long-term lease with NeighborSpace for this property. The organization and neighborhood want to retain the long-used 'Warner Garden Park' name.
Lakeview Community Garden
established in 2017
photos - their Facebook page 
Gallagher Way by Wrigley Field
a green space to gather
 2017 photo - Southport Corridor News and Events
'Sitting in the heart of Wrigleyville, the Park at Wrigley offers a beautiful open-air destination for farmers markets, community events, festivals, dining and much more. The Park at Wrigley serves as Wrigleyville’s town square 
- a year-round gathering place for neighbors, families, fans and visitors. There’s room to stretch out at the Park at Wrigley - with a flexible space for festivals, concerts and neighborhood celebrations. Check back often to see upcoming cultural celebrations, food and wine festivals, concerts and more. Like Wrigleyville itself, the Park at Wrigley has something for everyone.' - their website
 2017 photo - Southport Corridor News and Events
2017 photo below - CBSChicago
2019 photo below - Chris Cullen
as of 2019 with a blend of playground features

the sponsors ....

This park space was the creation of a community association called Hawthorne Neighbors and the Chicago Public Schools with the assistance of the 44th Ward of Chicago. Funds 
for this park space were from private sources.
above is a Google Map view of the school's property with an X that marks the spot. Below is a concept design map of the park space along with text from the projects website.
with in Belmont Harbor
A Chicago approved 'spot' was in the works late 2019. The first location was on near the Barry underpass and the outer Lake Shore Drive. The new location is off Briar Place and inner Lake Shore Drive. Apparently, while approved by the city the new park will be financed by private donations.
photo above - Chicago Block Club
the first planned location below ...
The Garden Walks:
A Garden View by 'L' in 1910

An 'L' Garden view at 3649 N Sheffield Avenue 

'Garden Walks give visitors whether they are gardeners or not, a chance to find inspiration and beauty. For gardeners, of course, these treks can bring a bounty of new ideas, as well as an opportunity to talk shop with fellow enthusiasts. Our listing here includes a great variety of walks throughout the Chicago area, and even beyond. Unless otherwise noted, these walks typically are held rain or shine.'
Chicago Tribune 2011
Some Historical Background
When Chicago was the Garden City 1901

page 2
 segment 3
  segment 4
 About a resident of Lake View from the same article
 The property of S.H. Kerfoot of Lake View is noted in the article and highlighted separately. A couple of notes, Lake Shore Plank Road refers to the Broadway and Graceland Avenue refers to Irving Park Road. The word 'plank' was just that - a wooden plank. 
Gardens along Diversey in 1901 

 segment 2

 segment 3
segment 4 
 A Lake View Garden Walk in 1957
(click on article to enlarge)
Lake View Citizens Council 
awards & prizes in 1958
Lake View sponsors in 1960
Lake View's Garden Walk
To my knowledge the last successful 
Lake View Walk occurred in 2009 on a Sunday. It was the 13th annual event for the entire neighborhood of Lake View. That event featured over 100 garden spaces with trolley service. The event was sponsored by Central Lake View Merchants Association and local neighborhood associations.
“We've listed all the garden walks we know of through mid-July. Missing is the Lake View Garden Walk. Last year it had nearly 100 gardens. This year? Who knows if it is even happening? The web site hasn't been updated and the group won't return messages.” 
- per Gapers Block
A Lake View Announcement in 2005
This appears to be the last neighborhood-wide walk
July 10: 2005: The 10th Annual Lake View Garden Walk 
showcases more than 75 gardens including container,
 back-yard and parkway gardens in the Central and 
East Lakeview neighborhoods. The tour is anchored by public gardens at Hawthorne Scholastic Academy, 3319 N. Clifton Ave., and The Nettelhorst School, 3252 N. Broadway. Cost: free. Hours: noon to 5 pm 
was the website address
 sample garden 
2010 photo - Garry Albrecht
2012 photo - Peter Wasik 
Garden Walks has had one continuous success in one community in Lake View called West Graceland located in an area of spatial houses and suburban-like property. The West Graceland residents began their 'walk' in 1972. According to the organizers having three gardens per block is the bare  minimum.
The entire neighborhood of Lake View has had a spotty reputation since its inception in 1995. According to the article posted by Garpers Block contributor, Patrick Boylan, “the reason not to have more neighborhood venues is the time of year. It's mid-summer, the gardens should be well watered from a continuing series of storms in late June and they should be at a glorious height of color. The issue in late June & also in mid-July is one of choice. There are far too many well established garden walks in other parts of the city and are all crowded in a few weeks and some of the largest take place at the same time each year. 
The Last Remaining Walk ...
The Graceland West Garden Walk
the only continuous annual 'walks' in Lake View
since 1979
the neighborhood of Graceland West
 images - Graceland West Association
photos from the Walk 2018

The Greenscapes:
Illinois Masonic Hospital Complex 
a wall of green
image - Google
  3 2017 photos - Garry Albrecht

A Neighborhood Greenway:
image via 44th ward 
a Greenway on Berteau Avenue in 2013

The Green-Ways Along Berteua Avenue 
Neighborhood 'greenways' are routes that are quiet streets with low traffic volumes that are made even more bike-friendly by using methods to minimize the number of cars, reduce their speed and make bicyclists and pedestrians more visible. Different cities have different names for this concept – bike boulevards, community corridors, and the like. No matter what you call it, the goal is to make the street safer for everyone. The first Green-Way on the north-side will be created on Berteua Avenue for the community of West Graceland/East Ravenswood in Lake View. In 2012 Lake View got creative with green space along with the rest of the city. Call them communal green spaces or people spots.. 
The Roscoe/School Greenway 
This Greenway as of the summer of 2018 is under discussion with the Hawthorne Neighbors Association who is responsible for this area of Lake View. Below are some of the images of the project via the 44th ward office - Tom Tunney

New to Chicago but not the nation
particular in San Francisco - they call them parklets
People Spots was a novel idea that
created addition green space for folks to just hang-out 
photos - Lake View Patch
very few examples
El Nuevo Mexicano Curb-Side Cafe
photo - DNAinfo
Wood Chicago
photo - their Facebook
and below Coda Di Volpe from their Facebook
a green space to still gather
'The picnic-and-relaxation trend can also be understood as the flowering of the rural cemetery movement. Whereas American and European graveyards had long been austere places on church grounds, full of 'memento mori' and reminders not to sin, the new cemeteries were located outside of city centers and designed like gardens for relaxation and beauty. Flower motifs replaced skulls and crossbones, and the public was welcomed to enjoy the grounds.' ... Read more from the link to the title.
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