Union-Park

7

Union Park, established in 1853, is one of Chicago’s oldest designated parks and the current location for this weekend’s Pitchfork Music Festival. 

Initially home of some of the city’s wealthiest families, the neighborhoods surrounding Union Park would eventually become the first to be racially integrated. 

First Baptist Congregational Church, built between 1869 to 1871, is one of the largest remnants of pre-fire Chicago. In fact, after the city was destroyed, the mayor and most government officers moved their offices to the church.

The park, once very ornamental, included a zoo and several bodies of water. 

Click on the photos to enlarge for captions and dates. 

If you’re going to Pitchfork, have fun, be safe and it’s going to be hot, so hydrate!