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Washington Square Park, Chicago

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#33 of 44 in Parks in Chicago
Washington Square, also known as Washington Square Park, is a park in Chicago, Illinois. A registered historic landmark that is better known by its nickname Bughouse Square (derived from the slang of bughouse referring to mental health facilities), it was the most celebrated open air free-speech center in the country as well as a popular Chicago tourist attraction. It is located across Walton Street from Newberry Library at 901 N. Clark Street in the Near North Side community area of Chicago, Illinois, USA. It is Chicago's oldest existing small park. It is one of four Chicago Park District parks named after persons surnamed Washington (the others being Washington Park, Harold Washington Park, and Dinah Washington Park). It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 20, 1991.
On September 4, 1842, the city received a 3acre parcel that was donated by the members of the American Land Company for use as a public park. The property had once been a cow path with a well for farmers to water their cattle. The donors stipulated the name Washington Square. Between 1869 and the 1890s, the city improved Washington Square with lawn, trees, bisecting diagonal walks, limestone coping, picket fencing, and an attractive Victorian fountain. By the time Alderman McCormick became President of Drainage Board in 1906, the fountain had been razed and the park had deteriorated. Alderman McCormick devoted his aldermanic salary to improving the park. He donated a $600 fountain, and the city allocated an additional $10,000 to rehabilitate the park. By the 1910s, the neighborhood surrounding Washington Square had become more diverse.
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  • Washington Square Park isn't what it used to be. But the three-acre rectangular park on Chicago's North Side remains the oldest existing park in Chicago and a popular gathering place for dog-walkers a...  more »
  • The park has several squirrels and were easily see. The highlight forme was the fountain and lovely and striking plants which surround it.  more »
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  • It’s a beautiful urban space. In the summer, the sounds of the fountain are so relaxing, with lots of benches to sit down and enjoy it. If you want to know real city life, it is here
  • Small but a very cute park. One of my favorites in the city. It’s not crowded, you can just see people with their pets or some kids playtime from a kindergarten. Take your coffee, go to this park and get some peace. I added pics from winter because it was the only place that I could think of when the first snow fell in the city and I was right, it was amazing!!

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