This is the booklet that was published in 1869, when the city officials passed Lincoln Park from the Board of Public Works, to the new Lincoln Park Commissioners. Known as The Lincoln Park Act, it was also published in the city's newspapers. The act details how the park grounds were acquired, and how the remaining grounds, not yet owned by the commissioners, were to be incorporated into the park.

The sidebar comments represent my summary for each section.

For a broader perspective on the evolution of Chicago's park system, click here to see Julia Bachrach's entry in the online version of the Encyclopedia of Chicago. To hear our conversation about the early Lincoln Park landscape, click here.

















The booklet is reproduced courtesy of the Illinois Regional Archives Depository.

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