From the sumptuous lakeshore to the inner city, these images capture the light, color, and mood of our public spaces throughout the changing seasons. Frederick Law Olmsted's and Jens Jensen's vision of a 'garden in a city' is reflected within the pages of this book. The images at once subtly incorporate and contrast the natural landscape within the urban landscape. The Prairie-style architecture that is found in many of Chicago's parks is both a reflection of the natural prairie and a reminder of the concrete urban landscape within which the parks are located. These full-color photographs of Chicago's well-known and lesser-visited parks make a perfect gift for those who enjoy outdoor spaces or gardens, or for those who fondly remember the parks of their Chicago youth. The totality of these images is an eloquent visual portrait of the origins of our bold and proud city from the vast wilderness of the mid-western prairie. Frank Dina has brought about an impressive re-discovery and re-affirmation of these islands of peace, beauty, and tranquillity amidst the bustle and dynamism that is Chicago.
FRANK DINA is a fine art photographer living in Chicago. He was educated at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Throughout his career, he has worked in photography, film, and video production. He exhibits regularly at various venues in the Chicago area and his work appears in numerous corporate and individual collections. JEFF HUEBNER is a Chicago-based arts journalist and writer who has written on public art, community art, and the urban realm for many local and national publications. He is coauthor, with Olivia Gude, of Urban Art Chicago: A Guide to Community Murals, Mosaics, and Sculptures (Ivan R. Dee, 2000) and author of Murals: The Great Walls of Joliet (University of Illinois Press, 2001).