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      Great Cities, Great Lakes, Great Basin Exhibit

      View this special exhibit that focuses on the world’s largest fresh water asset and the environmental restoration and economic renewal of the cities and ecosystem around it including six miles of Highland Park shoreline. The exhibit will be in the Adult Services Department through September.

      The exhibit was designed and created as a public service by the Chicago office of the international architecture and city design firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.



      Skidmore Owings & Merrill: Basin Communities and a Shared Vision for for the Great Lakes

      Saturday, September 19 from 2-3 pm

      SOM partner Philip Enquist gives a beautiful and engaging presentation on the background of the exhibit that the international architecture and city design firm created. Enquist has presented this Great Lakes Century Vision, the ideas behind the exhibit, in cities around the world. Enquist leads SOM’s global City Design Practice, the world’s most highly awarded urban planning group, and is the moving force behind its Great Lakes initiative.

      Highland Park Responds

      Sunday, September 20 from 2-4 pm

      As a Great Lakes basin community, Highland Park has an important role to play in the sustainable use of the world's greatest fresh water resource. WBEZ's Jason Marck leads a panel discussion in conjunction with the exhibit with local experts including Bertram C. Frey, acting regional counsel for U.S. EPA, and David Naftzger, executive director, Council of Great Lakes Governors. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill's (SOM) Paul O’Connor, senior advisor and urban strategist in the firm's global City Design Practice, will also be included on the panel. SOM designed the exhibit.

      Questions for the panel? Look for the signboard near the display to post your questions or comments about the exhibit.

      Basin Information:

      EPA: Great Lakes

      National Geographic Information about BASINS

      NOAA: About Our Great Lakes

      NOAA: Great Lakes Basin Facts

      Watershed Council

      Interactive - games

      Online Water Games

      EPA's Water: What's Wrong with This Picture

      EPA's Water Sense Kids

      Kids Memory Game by Murray-Darling Basin Authority

      Fun Water Games


      What Kids in other Great Lake and basin communities are doing:

      Children's Water Festival:

      2015 Great Lakes Water Festival, held on the campus of Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, in May 2015. The festival for fifth-grade students from Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New York learned “everything water.”


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