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Locating the Site


Map 1: Western Park System, Chicago, 1917.[Map 1] with link to larger version of map.
(Courtesy of Chicago Park District Special Collections)


Questions for Map 1

1. On a map of the United States, locate Chicago, Illinois. What do you think the climate is like in Chicago, based on its geographical location? Name one plant you think that you think would do poorly in this climate. Name one plant that you think would do well in this climate.

2. Locate Lake Michigan, the Chicago River, and Columbus Park on Map 1.

3. How many park districts are included on this Western Park System map? How many parks can you identify?

4. What is the pattern of the streets in this area of Chicago? Locate Columbus Park. What is the shape of Columbus Park? Do you think there might be a relationship between the street plan and the park's shape? Explain.

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