Chicago Park District

Needles are discovered at Chicago's Douglas Park. (CBS)

Park District Crews Working To Remove Needles From Douglas Park

CBS 2’s Roseanne Tellez returned to Douglas Park and found more needles, but also saw Park District crews working to pick them up.

05/26/2015

A yoga class gets in some stretching at North Avenue Beach on Friday, the start of the official swimming season at Chicago's beaches. (Credit: CBS)

Chicago’s Beaches Open For Unofficial Start To Summer

Chicago’s beaches were bound to be packed for the Memorial Day Weekend, thanks to sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s for the start of the holiday weekend.

05/22/2015

Chicago Park District lifeguards will be wearing new Tommy Bahama gear in 2015, as part of a marketing partnership. (Credit: Mike Krauser/WBBM)

Chicago Park District Ready For Start Of Beach Season This Weekend

Friday marks the official start of the beach season in Chicago. All Chicago Park District beaches will be staffed with lifeguards from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., every day through Labor Day.

05/21/2015

File image of concert goers at Riot Fest in Chicago. (CBS/Captured News)

Supporters And Opponents Take Riot Fest Debate To Park District Board

The future of Riot Fest wasn’t even on the Chicago Park District board’s agenda Wednesday, but the board heard at length from supporters and opponents of the popular music festival that has been held in Humboldt Park for three years.

05/14/2015

A small drone hovers in the sky, (Credit: Robert MacPherson/AFP/Getty Images)

Board Delays Vote To Require Permits To Fly Drones In Chicago Parks

Enthusiast Christopher Morrison spotted the agenda item and told the board a response so simplistic could do more harm than good, prompting some to fly drones over residential neighborhoods, through back yards or in other places that could be deemed inappropriate.

05/14/2015

A DJI employee shows off the company's latest "Phantom 2" radio-controlled multicopter with small video camera at the DJI booth during the "CP+2014," camera and photo imaging show in Yokohama on February 13, 2014.(Photo credit: TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)

Park District Might Require Permits To Fly Drones In Parks

According to a copy of the proposal, while Park District officials acknowledge flying drones is a popular hobby, and also has practical business purposes, it might “also pose potential risks to children, families and individuals who visit Park District property.”

05/13/2015

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Vandals Target Marquette Park Golf Course For Third Time This Month

Vandals have hit Marquette Park Golf Course for the third time in the last week and a half Tuesday morning.

05/12/2015

Humboldt Park Citizens Against Riot Fest call on the Chicago Park District to deny permits for the music festival to perform in Humboldt Park this year. (Credit: Lisa Fielding/WBBM)

Humboldt Park Residents Ask Park District To Deny Riot Fest A Permit

A group of Humboldt Park residents on Friday angrily called on the Chicago Park District to deny Riot Fest permits to perform the annual music festival in the park, after the grass was badly damaged during last year’s festival.

05/08/2015

This artist rendering shows the future Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. (Lucas Museum)

State Lawmakers Try To Clear The Way For Obama Library, Lucas Museum

Hoping to lift any possible legal hurdles to building either Barack Obama’s presidential library or filmmaker George Lucas’ proposed museum on park property, Illinois lawmakers swiftly approved legislation to make sure the Emanuel administration has the authority critics claim it lacks.

04/23/2015

Newly Restored Fern Room, Garfield Park Conservatory, 2015. (Credit: Garfield Park Conservatory)

Garfield Park Conservatory Reopening Greenhouses Damaged In 2011 Hailstorm

One of the Chicago Park District’s most popular attractions has planned a big party on Earth Day, when it will reopen greenhouses that suffered severe damage in a hailstorm four years ago.

04/20/2015

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Best Ways To Celebrate Earth Day In Chicago

This year, do a little more to celebrate Earth Day than turn off the lights when you leave a room. From trail clean-ups to discussions and hikes, the Chicago area has plenty of events where you can learn how to make a difference.

04/20/2015

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Best Family-Friendly Bike Trails In Chicago

Grab your helmets and bottled water for a fun afternoon on a bike ride with your family. From paths in the city to serene rides in forest preserves, the Chicago area offers many bike riding trails for all abilities.

04/10/2015

Hadiya Pendleton (Supplied to CBS)

South Side Park To Be Renamed To Honor Hadiya Pendleton

After more than a year in the works, the Chicago Park District approved the name change Wednesday.

04/08/2015

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Best Playgrounds For A Playdate In Chicago

Using a playground for a playdate can be a great way to keep the kids entertained and socialized. Chicago offers a number of different options to keep kids of all ages interested, while the parents can do some chitchatting of their own.

04/03/2015

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Best Easter Day Events In Chicago

From church services to brunch, there are plenty of ways to celebrate Easter with your family in Chicago. We take a look at some of the best in the Windy City.

03/30/2015

Map of the two proposed sites for the Obama Presidential Library presented by the University of Chicago. (Credit: University of Chicago)

Aldermen Approve Park Land Transfer For Obama Library

The City Council has cleared the way for the city to take control of Park District land on the South Side for the Barack Obama Presidential Library and Museum, if the University of Chicago’s bid for the facility is selected.

03/18/2015

High waves damaged the Lakefront Trail near Division Avenue. on Oct. 31, 2014. (Source: Reddit)

Park District Assessing Winter Damage To Lakefront Path

A week has passed since Chicago was thrust from subzero temperatures into spring, but the Chicago Park District said Thursday that it needs another week of warm weather to complete an assessment of the damage wrought over the winter to its lakefront running and bicycling path.

03/13/2015

This artist rendering shows the future Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. (Lucas Museum)

Judge: Suit Trying To Kill Lakefront Lucas Museum Can Proceed

Advocacy group Friends of the Parks sued Chicago’s Park District in November. It calls the would-be museum an “assault on the shores of Lake Michigan.” Mayor Rahm Emanuel embraces the plan to build on lakeside land.

03/12/2015

Map of the two proposed sites for the Obama Presidential Library presented by the University of Chicago. (Credit: University of Chicago)

Aldermen Overwhelmingly Support Transferring Park Land For Obama Library

At a joint meeting Wednesday, three City Council panels voted heavily in favor of the Emanuel administration’s plan to transfer about 20 acres of land in either Washington Park or Jackson Park to the city if the Barack Obama Foundation picks the University of Chicago’s bid for the future Obama presidential library.

03/11/2015

Mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia says he would not block a presidential library from being built on park land. (CBS)

Garcia Reverses Course On Building Obama Library In A Park

Facing a steady stream of criticism from the Emanuel campaign for his stance on a potential Obama Presidential Library in Chicago, challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia backed down from his opposition to building the facility on public park land.

03/03/2015

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