Project 120 Chicago

Project 120 Chicago Developing and implementing plans for the South Parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted into one of the most extraordinary park systems in the nation.
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Project 120 Chicago in partnership with the Chicago Park District and the Community is developing and implementing projects to revitalize Frederick Law Olmsted’s South Parks (Jackson, Washington, and Midway). For more information, including framework and project plans, visit www.project120chicago.org

Mission: Project 120 Chicago is activating ideas, plans, and resources to update and implement a revised framework plans for the South Parks, Chicago - a plan that completes the vision of Daniel Burnham and Frederick Law Olmsted while fulfilling the needs of the community and achieving the goals of the Chicago Culture Plan 2012.

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Project 120 Chicago
02/01/2020

Project 120 Chicago

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Project 120 Chicago's cover photo

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SKYLANDING dedication on October 17, 2016.
10/20/2016

SKYLANDING dedication on October 17, 2016.

SKYLANDING by Yoko Ono. “Parks give us a sense of place…urban parks are essential cornerstones for building communities,...
10/18/2016
Yoko Ono’s “Skylanding” dedicated in Jackson Park

SKYLANDING by Yoko Ono. “Parks give us a sense of place…urban parks are essential cornerstones for building communities,” said Suzanne Kopp-Moskow, the director and executive vice president for Project 120. “Art is vital to a neighborhood’s quality of life.”

Oct 17, 2016Yoko Ono’s “Skylanding” dedicated in Jackson Park Share the post "Yoko Ono’s “Skylanding” dedicated in Jackson Park" FacebookTwitterE-mail Members of the Thodos Dance Chicago company perform during the unveiling of Yoko Ono’s Skylanding installation on Jackson Park’s Wooded Isle adjacent...

Yoko Ono
10/18/2016

Yoko Ono

To see my latest work SKYLANDING completed here in Chicago is an incredible treat. The sky is coming to heal the earth! yoko via http://ift.tt/2dWxInF

Yoko Ono is on her way to Iceland to relight the Imagine Peace Tower
10/07/2016
Yoko Ono is on her way to Iceland to relight the Imagine Peace Tower

Yoko Ono is on her way to Iceland to relight the Imagine Peace Tower

Yoko Ono is on her way to Iceland to relight the Imagine Peace Tower, which is located on the island of Viðey in Reykjavík, in memory of her late husband John Lennon, on the occasion of his 76th birthday on 9 October.

08/22/2016

Going Plastic!

Peace! 2016 Lennon Ono Grant for Peace.
08/19/2016

Peace! 2016 Lennon Ono Grant for Peace.

I’m very proud to award the 2016 Lennon Ono Grant For Peace to these four incredible individuals: Ai Wei Wei, Anish Kapoor, Katalin Ladik & Olafur Eliasson. To have to label any of them with a description of what they do is both limiting and frustrating, because what they give to our world is so much bigger than even the tangible art they create. Born in different cultures, each of the recipients has shown us the true path of creativity, belief and hope for the world. Their huge contribution to our world is so much greater than the sum of its parts. Find out more at http://imaginepeace.com/archives/21717

08/07/2016
I Am For Peace (2014) - Trailer

Chicago's South Parks, a national landmark for peace! Help build not only beautiful and inspirational scenery, but establish with us the embodiment of what it means to be American - freedom of mind, body and spirit. Peace among all people and all nations begins with peace on our streets and parks! Our public and democratic spaces. https://vimeo.com/112532885

I Am For Peace The death toll for victims of gun violence younger than 18 in Chicago is devastating our communities. Bullets travel through windows, drywall and…

08/05/2016
Aerial Views of the South Parks (Jackson, Washington and Midwa...

CHICAGO'S SOUTH PARKS: OUR AMERICAN STORIES IN A NATIONAL LANDMARK FOR PEACE (Washington | Midway | Jackson) - Today, the South Parks are once again a place for grand vision and innovation, and an influential component of Chicago's South Side cultural renaissance and resurgence, and with the addition of SKY LANDING by Yoko Ono and the Obama Presidential Library, a marker for peace among all people and all nations.

A welcome addition to Jackson Park!
07/28/2016
Obama chooses historic Jackson Park as library site

A welcome addition to Jackson Park!

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have selected historic Jackson Park, just east of the University of Chicago, as the site for the Obama Presidential Center, a source confirmed Wednesday. A formal announcement is expected next week.

The Wooded Island, a place for Peace! We now have the opportunity to reestablish this site, and recognize it as one of t...
07/07/2016
The Wooded Island, a Place for Peace

The Wooded Island, a place for Peace! We now have the opportunity to reestablish this site, and recognize it as one of the most important sites reflecting U.S.-Japan relations for over 120 years. Yoko Ono recognized this when she first visited the original site of the Ho-o-den in 2013. For her, this site has a unique and extraordinary past and future as symbol of peace. Not just between the U.S. and Japan, but among all people and all nations. In fact, we can all use more peace, not just internationally, but locally on our streets and in our parks. She has given us an opportunity to learn about our past and create the future together. It is our responsibility to use it. - Letter to the Editor, Hyde Park Herald from Frances Vandervoort, Jackson Park Advisory Council and Washington Park Conservancy and Robert W. Karr, Jr., President, Project 120 Chicago

We now have the opportunity to reestablish this site, and recognize it as one of the most important sites reflecting U.S.-Japan relations for over 120 years.  Yoko Ono recognized this when she first visited the original site of the Ho-o-den in 2013. For her, this site has a unique and extr...

"Project 120 has engaged the nation’s foremost expert on Frederick Law Olmsted, Patricia O’Donnell of Heritage Landscape...
07/06/2016
Jackson Park: Sacred Cows and Holy Beavers

"Project 120 has engaged the nation’s foremost expert on Frederick Law Olmsted, Patricia O’Donnell of Heritage Landscapes, LLC, for advice about park design. Working for GLFER is the outstanding young CPD ecologist, Lauren Umek, who analyzes and suggests the very best ecological practices for management of the special treasure that is Jackson Park. We are so lucky." - Frances Vandervoort, Jackson Park Advisory Council and Washington Park Conservancy

Jun 15, 2016Jackson Park: Sacred Cows and Holy Beavers Share the post "Jackson Park: Sacred Cows and Holy Beavers" FacebookTwitterE-mail To the Editor: Last week I learned of local concern that the Jackson Park Golf Driving Range, constructed in 1978 near the site of the Nike Missile Base, was soon…

Watch the third story on Chicago Tonight's Ask Geoffrey (PBS/WTTW) - The Garden of the Phoenix and SKY LANDING by Yoko O...
01/14/2016
Ask Geoffrey: What Happened to the Sunken Garden in Jackson Park?

Watch the third story on Chicago Tonight's Ask Geoffrey (PBS/WTTW) - The Garden of the Phoenix and SKY LANDING by Yoko Ono in Jackson Park. Photos and links at: http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2016/01/13/ask-geoffrey-what-happened-sunken-garden-jackson-park

Geoffrey Baer visits an artist under glass, gets that sinking feeling at a Jackson Park garden, and reveals the hej hej history of the Andersonville neighborhood's name in this encore edition of Ask Geoffrey.

More about Sono's Journey in today's Arts & Entertainment section of the Chicago Tribune. An amazing Chicago story! See ...
01/06/2016
Dancer Sono Osato inspires Thodos' new 'Journey'

More about Sono's Journey in today's Arts & Entertainment section of the Chicago Tribune. An amazing Chicago story! See the debut of Sono's Journey where it all began at the Auditorium Theater this Saturday night, January 9, 2016.

Japanese-American dancer Sono Osato, 96, has led a complicated life. And Melissa Thodos' one-act about her had a complicated start, with a chance meeting years ago between Thodos Dance Chicago's board member Sharon Lear and Robert Karr, head of Project 120, whose job it is to revitalize Jackson Park…

Still time to purchase tickets for the debut of "Sono Jouney" - one of the most anticipated performances of the season. ...
01/05/2016
On the Town and civil rights in performance | OUPblog

Still time to purchase tickets for the debut of "Sono Jouney" - one of the most anticipated performances of the season. On Saturday, January 9, the 96 year-old Japanese-American former dancer, Sono Osato, will return from New York to the Auditorium Theater in Chicago to be honored by Thodos Dance Chicago, Project 120 Chicago, and The Garden of the Phoenix Foundation. Thodos’ dance piece, Sono’s Journey, brings her full circle, to the location and stage where her life as a ballerina began at age 14. Watch the story: http://www.project120chicago.org/learn_more/videos. Tickets are available through the Auditorium Theatre website http://www.auditoriumtheatre.org/shows/thodos-dance-chicago-2/ and they are 20% off if you enter the promo code Thodos.

As we celebrate the golden anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a significant aspect of the struggle for racial equality often gets ignored: racial activism in performance. Actors, singers, and dancers mobilized over the decades, pushing back against racial restrictions that shifted over tim…

Obama library, Wooded Island on parks watch list in 2015
12/31/2015
Obama library, Wooded Island on parks watch list in 2015

Obama library, Wooded Island on parks watch list in 2015

Dec 30, 2015Obama library, Wooded Island on parks watch list in 2015 Share the post "Obama library, Wooded Island on parks watch list in 2015" FacebookTwitterE-mail Member of the Jackson Park Action Council observe a piece of the original foundation from the the Columbian Exposition Japanese Pavilio…

A must see! Tickets are now on sale for the January 9, 2016 world premiere of Sono's Journey at the Auditorium Theater. ...
12/20/2015
Thodos Dance Chicago

A must see! Tickets are now on sale for the January 9, 2016 world premiere of Sono's Journey at the Auditorium Theater. "Sono Osato's story is our story, a universal tale about overcoming the adversity we encounter in our lives." - See more at: https://thodosdancechicago.org/events/world-premiere-sonos-journey/#sthash.2RLLPbp9.dpuf

A major gift has been made possible for this production by The Sono and Victor Elmaleh Foundation.Sono's Journey, created and choreographed by Melissa Thodos, is a full company, contemporary dance story that artistically reflects the life of acclaimed Japanese-American dancer Sono Osato's incredible…

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