The signs went up over the weekend, and the field house was shut down. Construction is about to begin turning Richard J. Daley Bicentennial Park into Maggie Daley Park, passing the name of the northeast corner of Grant Park from father-in-law to daughter-in-law.
The field house (337 East Randolph Street) closed on September 15th, and will now be turned into a construction office for the massive project which will, quite literally, replace the entire park. The trees will be cut down. Everything from the benches to the bushes to the bunnies will go. Even the dirt, itself will be stripped away.
The reason is that, like so many spaces in Chicago, this park is a multi-level affair. What appears to be terra firma is in reality, parking garage infirma.
Just as Millennium Park is the roof of Millennium Station, this park is the roof of a parking garage. And that roof is leaking. Badly.
So if you’re in the neighborhood, swing by Daley Park one last time and enjoy its manicured lawns and formal gardens one last time before it becomes Daley Park. Maggie Daley is bringing change, but it won’t arrive until 2015.