New plans for Northerly Island

December 3, 2010

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Northerly Island features rare open space, scattered by prarie.

It’s been almost eight years since Chicago Mayor Richard Daley took matters into his own hands and closed down the lakefront airport Miegs Field.
But the 91-acre space known as Northerly Island has remained active, with an open-air concert venue and prairie.

The area might get a bit busier: Park District officials Thursday unveiled plans to redevelop the land as a public park, complete with a harbor, wetlands, a reef and a lagoon with a sunken ship.

One of the plan’s designer’s, architect Jeanne Gang, says it’s almost like a Millennium Park of nature.

To learn more "Eight Forty-Eight" spoke to an expert, Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin.