More Concessions Coming to Chicago’s Parks

Depending on your viewpoint, Grant Park is going to either get more convenient, or continue to be overrun by crass commercialism.

Either way, more concessions stands are opening up on Chicago’s front lawn this year and in 2010.

There will be a new concession stand at 11th street soon.

Also under consideration is one at Michigan Avenue and Roosevelt Road, and maybe one near the Agora sculpture (many headless people) in the southwest corner of the park.

These are in addition to the revamped concession stands surrounding Buckingham Fountain.

Also, over in DuSable Harbor the new harbor house is getting a restaurant.  It will be operated by another restaurant in Wicker Park and serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Right now, it will only be open for the summer, but if it works out there are plans to keep it open year-round.

If you haven’t been over to the DuSable harbor area in the last year or so, things have changed a lot.  It’s been cleaned up a lot, there’s a bridge over the former pedestrian path from the New East Side, and a stepped up police presence along with new bathroom facilities.

And another park is getting some food.

The newly-opened Pritzker park is getting a cafe.  It’s a partnership between JC Decaux, the company responsible for most of the city’s street furniture, and the Chicago Park District.  The cafe will be designed by the famed Robert A.M. Stern Architects firm in New York.  The project is considered an experiment, and if it works out may be expanded to other city parks.

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