Alderman Reilly Against Latest Park Privatization Plan
Jun29

Alderman Reilly Against Latest Park Privatization Plan

For the last few months we’ve been following the growing concern in the Gold Coast over the future of Mariano Park. For those of you unfamiliar with that particular sliver of Chicago, it’s the space bounded by North State Street, North Rush Street, and East Bellevue Place that puts the “triangle” into Viagra Triangle. From early spring into the late fall, it is the hub of the neighborhood.  A lively place where...

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Status Update: Argo Tea Pavilion and Connors Park
Apr03

Status Update: Argo Tea Pavilion and Connors Park

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...

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Progress On a Public/Private Partnership Putting Potable Purveyor in Park Pavilion
Feb21

Progress On a Public/Private Partnership Putting Potable Purveyor in Park Pavilion

  It was almost two years ago when we first told you that Chicago’s own tea shop chain, Argo Tea, was going to set up shop in an unusual location — Connors Park.  Tea in the triangle is finally becoming a reality. Construction is underway, completely gutting and rebuilding the park.  For years it was much less than it could be, or should be, for a park in the heart of the Gold Coast.  It was mostly concrete, the shrubs...

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Public Park Privatized in Chicago’s Gold Coast

In the last couple of months, we’ve received two inquiries from people asking what’s going on with Connors Park.  If you’re not familiar with the name, you may know it as the triangle-shaped slice of open space in front of the Sofitel (20 East Chestnut Street), bounded by Rush, Delaware, Chestnut, and Wabash. It’s a very small space (about 17,000 ft²), and features a small pergola, a nice little fountain, a few...

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