Art and Architecture, Chicago, Reviews

Review: Chappell, Chicago’s Urban Nature

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Over the last few decades Chicago has become progressively greener with parks, landscaping, and rooftop gardens becoming ubiquitous features of the cityscape. But as columnist Edward Keegan notes in a review for last Saturday’s Chicago Tribune, these are features which have been ignored by those writing on Chicago’s urban habitat, until now. Keegan cites Sally A. Kit Chappell’s new book, Chicago’s Urban Nature: A Guide to the City’s Architecture + Landscape, as an “antidote to the overemphasis on bricks and mortar that have long dominated similar books on Chicago’s built environment.” Keegan’s review continues, “This book should take its place with the ample assortment of guides most Chicago architecture aficionados have on their shelves. As the city becomes greener in the years to come, Chappell’s guide will become ever more necessary to understand Chicago’s development in its entirety.”
To find out more, view this video portrait of the numerous new green spaces that have enlivened and rejuvenated our hometown, narrated by the Sally Chappell herself.