The What’s Out There Chicago Guide from The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) derives from our profusely illustrated and extensively researched What’s Out There database of significant landscapes, collected by geographic region, coupled with maps and overarching historic narratives.


Discover the city’s fascinating evolution, from its earliest days, through its historic fire and the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, to becoming a great urban center.
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Explore Chicago’s diverse landscape legacy through concise, informative, and richly illustrated essays of dozens of sites, and an interactive map.
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Visionaries, including Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. and Jens Jensen, have shaped Chicago and helped it live up to its motto Urbs in Horto – City in a Garden.
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