To address Jackson Park, site of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition on the shores of Lake Michigan, a talented interdisciplinary team interweaves biodiversity and cultural authenticity in this Great Lakes Fisheries and Ecosystem Restoration (GLFER) funded project. Enabled through a private-public-civic partnership, the ecological health, historic integrity, and performance of this public landscape are improved. Climate change amelioration aspects will enhance resilience. As landscape functions and scenic qualities improve, upgraded perceptions and uses will foster positive effects within adjacent urban neighborhoods.