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Celebrate Our National Parks

Kids, pack your bags, grab your hiking shoes and tell the family it’s time for a real vacation! Where are some of the best places to vacation? Our National Parks! There is no better year to visit these treasures than this year as the National Parks’ celebrate their centennial. Happy 100th Birthday, National Park Service! Glaciers, mountains…
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Quiz: Do You Know Chicago’s Parks?

Congratulations, Chicago, you've made it to summer! If you're reading this, though, you're probably stuck inside wishing you were enjoying one of Chicago's amazing parks instead. Now you can experience the parks virtually. We're proud to announce our Chicago Park District Photograph Digital Collection. Explore 10,000 images from parks all over the city and from…
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Amusement Park Fun

This is the time of year when I start thinking about packing up the family and heading to an amusement park. The lure of funnel cakes, roller coasters and log flume rides beckons me. Amusement parks have been around for centuries, with the oldest one, Dyrehausbakken—Bakken for short—located near Copenhagen in Denmark. Bakken began in…
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National Park Service Centennial

On August 25, 2016, the National Park Service turns 100!  The centennial celebration pays homage to the Organic Act of 1916, which established the Park Service and brought a number of parks already in existence together under its auspices.  However, the rich history of the parks movement predates this, beginning in earnest in the 1860s…
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From The Jungle to Jungle Gyms

I recently found myself across the street from one of the only remaining parts of Chicago's infamous Union Stockyards: the large stone entry gate. It was jarring to see this imposing, attractive feature on a sunny day with no trace of the stench and filth that accompany the grounds in my imagination. Like many people, when I…
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Find Your Inner Maker

I had heard about 3D printing but I was in no way prepared for how awesome it is. I am lucky enough to be a part of the Wrightwood-Ashburn Branch staff enjoying our time as host of the Mini Maker Lab. You don’t need to be a computer whiz to design a funky pair of earrings or…
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Technology that Changed Chicago: Horses go out of Business, continued

Previous: Part One The change from horses to motor vehicles caused structural and social changes. The middle class, and even the poor, could now afford personal vehicles. Previously people threw their garbage in the street. The army of street sweepers employed by the city to pick up horse manure shifted to the garbage hauling business. People…
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Finding Beauty in the City

Chicago is a bustling metropolis filled with cultural diversity, history and entertainment. Yet it also contains stunning natural sanctuaries that make you feel like you're miles away from busy city streets—places like Promontory Point, one of my favorite spots in Chicago (pictured at sunrise). City life can sometimes be draining, so it's important to rediscover the…
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