In 1907 the artist Lorado Taft proposed creating a waterway on the Midway Plaisance, connecting the bodies of water in Jackson Park to those in Washington Park.
This water canal would be traversed by three bridges, the Bridge of the Arts, the Bridge of Sciences and the Bridge of Religions.
On the east end of the Midway would be a sculpture called the Fountain of Creation and on the west end one called the Fountain of Time.
Of course, the latter would be the only one realized which stands today at the western edge of Midway Plaisance Park and the eastern edge of Washington Park.
Our old buddy Lorado Taft is back, this time with a cra-a-a-zy scheme! In all seriousness though, this sounds totally awesome and It’s a shame they didn’t actually turn the Midway into a canal. Think of the boating! The swimming! The ice skating! Oh well…
Skating on the Midway
Need a study break? $6 skate rental, admission free, bring your own skills (or total lack of them). See you on the ice!
A great shot of the Midway.
It snowed today in Chicago! It was a beautiful sight.
Photo courtesy of Maggie E.
Crossing the Midway
The midway allows students to cross over into the southern part of the UChicago campus. It also has giant lightsabers on either side of it.
The UChicago Law School, looking across the Midway to Rockefeller Chapel.
(Photo by Alexandra H.)
It’s snowing today. Not that much (in fact…only flurries), but still - we thought we’d share these wintery UChicago photos of the Midway with you, from when it really was winter.
Favorite Thing about Winter
Ice-Skating! Go Ducks!
Midnight Soccer-Playing ‘neath the Stars
A UChicago tradition that is venerated above all others because it confers upon each and everyone of you the duty to crush and obliterate the dreams of your rival house. Oh but it’s all fun and games and played in good spirit. It usually starts up around 10-30pm and goes on until 11-30 so Midnight is a little bit of a misnomer. Still, night after night, Midway Plaisance is the scene for some grand battles.
Hyde Park Jazz Festival
2 days. 17 hours. Over 170 musicians across 17 stages. This year’s festival on the 29th and 30th of September is set to be the biggest ever. Like last year, there will be performances in UChicago buildings such as the Oriental Institute and the Logan Center. Headliner Miguel Zenon (pictured above) will be performing in Rockefeller Chapel. Here's the website in case you want more information.
(Photo from the Chicago Tribune)