Attend Grant Park Advisory Council Meeting
When: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 , 6:30PM Future meetings in 2019 will be held on the third Wednesday of each month, except July and December. Next meetings: October 16th, and November 20th.
Where: Maggie Daley Park Fieldhouse, 337 E. Randolph
Get involved with one of the most important parks in the city.
Meeting agenda will include:
1) Updates by President Leslie Recht
2) Park Supervisor’s Report
3) Grant Park budget items
4) Reports from Committees: Safety and Security, Dog Friendly Area and Bylaws
5) Member comments
6) Schedule for future GPACChicago meetings
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.