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Washington Square Park

Washington Square Park Washington Square Park Photo: Teemu008 via Flickr

There are very few parks that have the distinction of being a registered historic landmark, but that is exactly what Washington Square Park in Chicago is. What is even more exciting is that the park continues the tradition of events that took place in that very area when the park first came into being back in 1842.

At that time, the space was nothing more than 3 acres of donated land, but Washington Square Park, or Bughouse Square as it is more commonly known, developed over time and eventually became a place where people gathered to discuss community issues. Plenty of people still gather there, as the park is now known as a space where people go to exercise their right to free speech.

There is never a bad time to take a stroll through the beautiful park space, but to see the area really come to life, you need to visit in July each year. It is during that time that the Bughouse Square Committee hosts the Bughouse Square Debates in an attempt to relive the magical times when soap boxes where the way on which the people had their voices heard.

The park has seen its fair share of ups and downs, falling into disrepair several times over the years. The fact that it is now a registered historic landmark means that it will be maintained in a way that its rich history so demands.


Hours: 6:00 am -11:00 pm
Address/Map:  901 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60610
Phone: (312) 742-7895
Website: Plan your visit to Washington Square Park