The rebuilding of Connors Park in the city’s Gold Coast neighborhood continues apace. The old, mostly concrete park has been jackhammered away, and in its place a glass barn… umm, greenhouse… umm, pavilion has been erected.
Into this pavilion will go an Argo Tea house. The Chicago company is paying for the entire project, which includes rehabbing the park.
The tea house will operate year-round, and be a welcome haven in both hot and cold weather. And even though the park will be run and maintained by Argo, the language of the beverage company’s agreement with the Chicago Park District is very specific — This is still a public park, and anyone can hang out inside or outside the pavilion without having to buy anything.
This park was formerly a favorite toilet and sleeping area for local vagrants, so it will be interesting to see if they return to their haunt, or move on. Perhaps the new setup will make the park more popular with local residents and provide an incentive for the hobos to shuffle on, or perhaps an incentive for cup-shakers to hang out there, knowing the people have change from buying tea.