Chicago Park District

"The Comedy Of Errors" cast took their final bow at Garfield Park Conservatory in front of over 900 people. (Credit: chicagoshakes.com)

Shakespeare Coming To Parks Across Chicago

It’s time for Chicagoans to experience “Shakespeare in the Park”….every park.

07/18/2015

A mobile learning lab will bring computers to kids across Chicago over the summer, as part of the Chicago City of Learning program. (Credit: Chicago City of Learning)

City Unveils Mobile Computer Lab To Help Keep Kids Learning In Summer

Chicago Park District Supt. Michael Kelly said the mobile classroom, unveiled as part of the Chicago City of Learning program, will allow kids to learn about things like computer coding, fashion design, and video production.

07/13/2015

Chicago Tree Project (CBS)

Your Chicago: Chicago Tree Project

Tired of seeing the trees being decimated, the Chicago Park District called on artists to begin turning the trees from eyesores to neighborhood gems. CBS 2’s Rob Johnson reports.

07/10/2015

Waves pound the Lake Michigan shoreline in Chicago. (Credit: Susanna Song/CBS)

Choppy Conditions Make Lake Michigan Off-Limits At Some Beaches

As if the unusually cool weather weren’t reason enough to avoid Lake Michigan on Tuesday, swimming was banned at several lakefront beaches, due to dangerous rip currents. Swimmers were being warned of high bacteria levels at a handful of other beaches.

07/07/2015

Rob Thomas says he notices the ads the first time about a month and a half ago. (Credit: Steve Miller

Some Beach-Goers Irked By Ads Plastered On Underpass Leading To Oak Street Beach

For the first time in memory, the underpass leading to Oak Street Beach is plastered with billboards and not everybody is pleased to see them as part of the lakefront panorama.

06/23/2015

Rain falls in Grant Park on Monday (Source: Earth Cam)

Storm Runoff Prompts Swim Ban At All Chicago Beaches

The effects of Monday’s heavy rains were being felt Tuesday at the city’s beaches, where officials have banned swimming, due to high bacteria levels caused by runoff.

06/16/2015

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Best Skate Parks In Chicago

Skate parks can be great places to try new maneuvers without worrying about pedestrians or cars. Here’s where to go in the Chicago area the next time you want to spend some time on your skateboard or inline skates.

06/05/2015

Mariano Park, where State and Rush meet, is one of Chicago's smallest parks. (Credit: Steve Miller)

Kiosk Vendor Fears Being Edged Out Of Mariano Park

(CBS) — There’s a battle brewing at one of the smallest parks in the city of Chicago: The tiny enclave where State meets Rush, formally called Mariano Park, but known as the Viagra Triangle, reports […]

06/03/2015

About 100 protesters staged a sit-in at Humboldt Park Beach. (Credit: Mariam Sobh)

Protesters At Sit-In Call On Park District To Open Humboldt Park Beach

A sit-in at Chicago’s Humboldt Park Beach this afternoon was held in hopes to get the attention of the Chicago Park District, reports WBBM’s Mariam Sobh.

05/31/2015

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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