A tree grows in Streeterville. And a bush. And a slide. And a sandbox.
Aug12

A tree grows in Streeterville. And a bush. And a slide. And a sandbox.

The greening of Chicago’s core continues, but not at the hands of the city’s Park District.  Instead many of Chicago’s newest parks come through the work of private firms building skyscrapers, and the parks are tacked on as revenue drivers, or out of political necessity. Bennett Park (August 2019. Photo by Cory Dewald, Courtesy of Related Midwest) The latest park to land in downtown is Bennett Park, in the core of...

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Chicago Harbors Already Getting Ready for Summer
Mar18

Chicago Harbors Already Getting Ready for Summer

It’s officially spring, but you’d never know it around here. While we’re still freezing our Vienna Sausages off, preparations are already underway for the summer boating season. Chicago Harbors is busy with the first of three phases of a seven million dollar renovation across the city’s 6,000-slip harbor network, which is supposed to be the largest in the world, if you believe Wikipedia. Burnham Harbor dock...

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What Friends of the Parks Sees for Chicago in 2019
Dec17

What Friends of the Parks Sees for Chicago in 2019

It’s the time of year when everything useful has pretty much wrapped up, and all that’s left to do is balance the books and figure out who to blame for sticking you with rotisserie chicken-flavored candy canes as a Secret Santa present. So looking ahead to next year, we asked a selection of Chicagoans what they expect 2019 to bring.  Here are five predictions from Juanita Irizzary, Executive Director of Friends of the...

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Neighbors Say They Were Sandbagged by Beach Boardwalk Idea
Dec07

Neighbors Say They Were Sandbagged by Beach Boardwalk Idea

Lovers in Chicago may soon have another choice for taking a romantic boardwalk stroll in the moonlight.  The Chicago Park District is floating an idea for a proper boardwalk at North Avenue Beach. Until now, the epicenter of wood-over-water hand-holding was Navy Pier.  But that’s so crowded, it’s hard to call it romantic most nights unless the moon is really really full.  The North Avenue Beach boardwalk is part of a...

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Chicago Lakeshore Fieldhouse to be Skinned Like a Fish
Feb20

Chicago Lakeshore Fieldhouse to be Skinned Like a Fish

The Chicago Park District has selected Near North’s STLArchitects to build a new fieldhouse for Williams Park, at 2710 South Dearborn Street on the city’s South Side. Williams Park is the dividing line between two historic Chicago neighborhoods: Dearborn Homes and Harold Ickes Homes.  Together, most people know the area better as Douglas, or even Bronzeville, which is immediately to its east and south. Williams Park was...

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