Chicago Park District Records: Photographs

Parks have always been a part of Chicago’s city planning. Explore their growth, development and use from six large parks begun around 1870 to more than 500 today.

These 10,000 images capture the parks’ construction, architecture, plant life, and public enjoyment. See musical concerts performed in the parks, watch parks being built from the ground up, get a birds’ eye view of parks around the city, and watch people of all ages playing sports, doing arts and crafts, and generally enjoying their local parks.

93 of Chicago’s over 500 parks are represented here and cover the city’s wide geography. Visit the library to see more than 50,000 additional photos of Chicago’s parks!

The Chicago Park District Records: Photographs collection is housed in the Special Collections and Preservation Division at Harold Washington Library Center.

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