Julia Bachrach, historian and preservationist for the Chicago Park District, is returning to Jane’s Walk CHICAGO for the third consecutive year.
This time, she will be joined by Lauren Umek, Chicago Park District restoration ecologist, to lead a Walk in magnificent Jackson Park.
Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux in 1871, the park provided the iconic setting for the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. The historic fabric includes the contributions of Chicago’s famous architect and planner Daniel H. Burnham. Today, the park is undergoing a major restoration project that integrates the historic preservation and ecological improvements.
Julia writes extensively on historic landscapes and architecture. Her books include The City in a Garden: A History of Chicago’s Parks, and Inspired by Nature: The Garfield Park Conservatory and Chicago’s West Side and she contributed to the Oxford Companion to the Garden and Midwestern Landscape Architecture. She has also contributed to the Oxford Companion to the Garden, Midwestern Landscape Architecture, the AIA Guide to Chicago, The Encyclopedia of Chicago, and Midstream: The Chicago River, 1999 – 2010. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.
Lauren is a trained ecologist who has worked on many Chicago-region natural area restorations. She has published articles in scholarly journals related to plant and soil interactions with a focus on invasive species. Lauren serves on the board of the Society for Ecological Restoration Midwest- Great Lakes Chapter.