Chicago’s Lakeside Restoration–Burnham Centennial Prairie

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Chicago Park District’s  Burnham Centennial Prairie, just a short bike ride from downtown’s Millennium Park.  Photo by Stephen B. Glass,

On a blustery November afternoon I took a bike ride south from downtown Chicago to explore the city.  After a few miles of pedaling along the lake shore bike path from Millennium Park,  I passed the landmark McCormick Center and soon was riding through masses of prairie grasses of the recently initiated Burnham Centennial Prairie restoration.

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Burnham Centennial Prairie, a restoration project begun in 2010 is a stone’s throw from Lake Michigan.  Photo by Stephen B. Glass.

Begun in 2010, Burnham Centennial Prairie is a project of the Chicago Park District, and is part of Burnham Park, named after Chicago’s famed architect.  Chicago Park District has produced a series of You Tube videos about their work in general, and a very detailed and informative one about the Burnham prairie restoration, in particular.  See it here.

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Burnham Centennial Prairie in year three after planting. Photo by Stephen B. Glass.

Burnham Park is part of a large complex of Chicago open space, much as Daniel H. Burnham himself envisioned it should be, including meadows, prairies, open grasslands, a bird sanctuary, concessions, a state park, and the Adler Planetarium.

Just north of Burnham Park along the bike path.

Just north of Burnham Park along the bike path.  Photo by Stephen B. Glass.

All this within an easy hike or bike ride from downtown Chicago.


About Steve Glass

The blogger is a restoration ecologist, Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (#0093 SER) and writer living in the Midwestern United States.
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