Forever Open, Clear, and Free
The Struggle for Chicago's Lakefront
Illustrated with historic and contemporary photographs, Wille's book tells how Chicago's lakefront has survived a century of development. The story serves as a warning to anyone who thinks the struggle for the lakefront is over, or who takes for granted the beauty of its public beaches and parks.
"A thoroughly fascinating and well-documented narrative which draws the reader into the sights, smells and sounds of Chicago's story. . . . Everyone who cares about the development of land and its conservation will benefit from reading Miss Wille's book."—Daniel J. Shannon, Architectural Forum
"Not only good reading, it is also a splendid example of how to equip concerned citizens for their necessary participation in the politics of planning and a more livable environment."—Library Journal
Foreword to the Second Edition by Gerald D. Suttles
Foreword by Dale O'Brien
1. The Beginnings
2. "It Would Only Be Necessary to Make a Canal"
3. The Land They Labeled "Free"
4. The Railroad-on-the-Lake
5. A City Circled by Parks
6. The Rise and Fall of White City
7. ". . . When You Deal with Montgomery Ward"
8. Daniel Burnham Makes a Plan
9. The Age of Cement and Convenience
10. "You Can Have Too Much Green Grass"
11. The Future