23. Marian R. Byrnes Nature Area

Marian R. Byrnes Nature Area, Van Vlissingen Prairie,

East 103rd Street

Named for Marian R. Byrnes, a tireless environmental activist on Chicago’s Southeast Side, whose backyard bordered on this prairie, this space is one of several examples of wasteland transformed into outdoor recreational uses.

Marian as National Spelling Bee Champion


(Photo provided by Southeast Environmental Task Force)

Marian as Community Environmental Champion

Marian with Victor Crivello, another champion advocate for local environmental responsibility 

Green Summit posters being installed at Entrance to Marian R. Byrnes Natural Area at Van Vlissingen Prairie

(Photos by Kevin P. Murphy & Joann  Podkul Murphy)

© Kevin Murphy & Joann Podkul Murphy 2016