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Grant Park Advisory Council Organizational Meeting
Consider attending the next Grant Park Advisory Council meeting to see if there are any areas you might be interested in becoming involved in.
When: May 15, 2019, 6:30PM
Where: Maggie Daley Park Fieldhouse, 337 E. Randolph
Please come to our organizational meeting to hear about activities in the Park and to volunteer to serve on committees.
Reports will be presented on the plans for the Grant Park Bark Park Dog Friendly Area, safety and security issues and plans to start a Grant Park Framework Plan revision process. Suggestions for the Advisory Council are welcome.
Aaron Montgomery Ward fought a twenty-year legal battle to keep Grant Park “open, free, and clear.”
Aaron Montgomery Ward (1844–1913) founded the world’s first mail-order retail business in 1872 in Chicago. In 1890, Ward began a twenty-year legal battle to keep Grant Park “open, free, and clear.”
He withstood intense public criticism for his campaign to prevent the construction of the Field Museum and other buildings on Chicago’s “front yard.” During his third lawsuit in 1909, Ward told the Chicago Tribune, “Had I known in 1890 how long it would take me to preserve a park for the people against their will I doubt if I would have undertaken it.” Despite extreme costs in terms of both reputation and his own personal fortune, Ward continued with a fourth lawsuit in the State Supreme Court, which he won in 1910.