Since it was incorporated as a city in the 1830’s, Chicago has certainly undergone quite a few changes. Today, Chicago’s parks offer a wealth of green space in our city. The Chicago Park District alone consists of about 552 parks with over 7,300 acres of municipal parkland. Museums, conservatories, historic lagoons, and over 30 beaches make up the city we call home. Lincoln Park, which is considered the largest of Chicago’s parks, actually takes up around 1,200 acres–a staggering 20 million visitors last year makes it second only to Central Park in New York City.
The video above, posted on YouTube by Cube Cities, illustrates the changes Chicago’s cityscape has undergone over the past 152 years. Not only does this show how Chicago has transformed, but it also shows how we have preserved our urban forest, despite the huge amount of growth we have experienced. Talk about a transformation!