The first piece of the Lincoln Yards promise is now a reality. One you can experience in a little over a week.
Fleet Fields is part of the open space commitment Sterling Bay made when the city gave it permission to turn a former steel mill into a $6 billion live-work-stay space on the Chicago River between Lincoln Park and Bucktown.
Open space was one of the main sticking points in the plan, and in January of this year neighborhood groups joined with aldermen to convince the West Town developer to increase the amount of open space from 25% to 40%. Fleet Fields is the first part of that space to open.
Altogether, the public green space at Lincoln Yards is expected to be about 21 acres. Fleet Fields is part of that space, but is intended for sports. The Fleet Fields web site is already taking e-mail addresses from people who are interested in joining soccer leagues.
The park will be open daily from 8am to 11pm. But don’t head over to 1397 West Wabansia Avenue just yet. The grand opening isn’t until Sunday, July 28th.