The South Shore Cultural Center is a 65-acre lakefront park located on Chicago’s South Side. The Chicago Park District engaged BauerLatoza Studio to design a nature center within the park located directly southeast of the historic South Shore Cultural Center building. The nature center’s concept involved providing a bird and wildlife habitat adjacent to Lake Michigan. The landscape design for the 1.5-acre nature center supplemented the existing trees and shrubs with new native trees, ornamental plantings, shrubs, and native grasses. A small pond and butterfly garden was designed to enhance the habitat area. A soft surface and boardwalk pedestrian pathway system was developed to provide an accessible route through the Center, ending at a viewing platform at the edge of Lake Michigan. Interpretive signage was planned throughout the area with seating provided by benches and a council ring.
- Client: Chicago Park District
- Project Address: 7059 S South Shore Dr, Chicago
- Project Size: 1.5 acres
- Construction Cost: $400,000
- Services Provided: Site Design, Plant Selection, Construction Documents