Wille is a former Tribune editorial page editor and author of Forever Open, Clear and Free: The Struggle For Chicago’s Lakefront. I guess the message is that if Lois Wille thinks it’s okay to build a children’s museum in Grant Park, you should too.
I don’t have a full transcript of what Wille said this morning at a press conference called by museum officials, but her quote in the Tribune is rather ambiguous: “Any change to Grant Park must treat it with great respect; it is, after all, the city’s original lakefront park,” Wille said. “It has never belonged to one ward or one group of residents; it does belong to all the people of Chicago equally.”
Yes. Which side are you on again?
Meanwhile, Yellow Dog Democrat sends along some excerpts from Wille’s book:
* “But the real impact of what [Montgomery] Ward had done, and why, wasn’t fully understood in 1913; and perhaps it is not yet fully understood today. Plans for buildings in parks, wider roads in parks, more concrete in parks – they are as prevalent today as in 1890.” (P. 81)
* “The result is one of the finest museum complexes in the world. He was grateful, Stanley Field said years afterward, that Montgomery Ward had fought so hard to block the original site [for the Field Museum] in Grant Park.” (P. 81)
Back to you, Lois!