ES 260 took a field trip down to three of Chicago’s urban environments:
1. Chicago River, Wacker Drive + (new) Riverwalk, and Michigan Avenue
2. Grant Park, Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain, and the (proposed) civic center at Congress Parkway
3. Northerly Island and Navy Pier
Each student presented in a group on one of these environments, where they were asked to relate the space to class readings and connect the space to broader conversations such as Progressivism and conservationism.
Above: A the northern edge of Northerly Island, looking toward Navy Pier. Northerly Island was built in the early twentieth century, the only one of a chain of islands Daniel Burnham had designed in his ambitious Plan of Chicago.
Above: At the southernmost tip of Northerly Island, with a prairie landscape restoration visible in the foreground, nearly obscuring Chicago’s skyline. Most of Northerly Island – site of the 1933 World’s Fair – has recently been converted from an airport into this more natural landscape.
- Course Descriptions
- Student Learning Outcomes
- Prairie Flora of the Western Great Lakes (ES 205)
- Introduction to Environmental Studies (ES 110)
- Spring Flora of the Western Great Lakes (ES 203)
- Summer Flora of the Western Great Lakes (ES 204)
- American Environmental History (ES 260)
- Evolution, Ecology, and Environment (ES 220)
- African American Environmental Culture (ES 223)
- Lake Forestry (ES 282)
- Endangered Species and Languages (ES 368)
- Environmental Psychology (ESPSY 215)
- Restoring Native Wildlife (ES 484)
- Internships and Careers
- Wetland Learning Lab
- Environmental Field Studies Courses