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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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With Poll, Obama Foundation Hints At Library’s Likely Site

The foundation developing Barack Obama’s future presidential library has commissioned polling in Chicago to determine whether residents support building it on the South Side, people close to the foundation said, in the clearest sign to date that the library likely will go to the University of Chicago.

02/26/2015

Hadiya Pendleton (Supplied to CBS)

Park District To Rename South Side Park After Hadiya Pendleton

Two years after she was slain in the Kenwood neighborhood, the Chicago Park District board has voted to name a Bronzeville park in memory of honor student Hadiya Pendleton.

02/12/2015

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

Park District Approves Plan To Transfer Park Land For Obama Library

The Chicago Park District unanimously approved a proposal to transfer park land for the Barack Obama Presidential Library if the University of Chicago wins its bid for the library.

02/11/2015

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Best Kids’ Martial Arts Classes In Chicago

From kickboxing to karate, these martial arts classes in Chicago offer plenty of ways for your child to learn discipline, respect and have fun.

01/23/2015

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

Emanuel Introduces Plan To Transfer Park District Land For Obama Library

Bringing the Obama Presidential Library and Museum to Chicago might be a step closer to reality, as Mayor Rahm Emanuel was set to unveil an ordinance he hopes will help ease concerns of the Barack Obama Foundation.

01/21/2015

President Barack Obama. (Getty Images)

Emanuel Taking “Very Active Role” In Bid To Bring Obama Library To Chicago

The Barack Obama Foundation voiced concerns about the University of Chicago’s bid for the presidential library and museum, because its proposals would rely on using property owned by the Chicago Park District, not the university.

01/06/2015

The skating rink at Maggie Daley Park opened Saturday. (Credit: Chicago Park District)

Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon Opens

The $60 million Maggie Daley Park, adjacent to Millennium Park in Chicago’s front yard, opened to strollers, skaters and kids of all ages Saturday, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

12/13/2014

The skating ribbon is one of the central elements to Maggie Daley Park. (Credit; Chicago Park District)

Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon Opens On Saturday

One of the centerpiece elements of the new Maggie Daley park will open on Saturday.

12/08/2014

Chicago Police Department and Fire Department boats search Lake Michigan after a Chicago Park District car skidded off the Lakefront Trail and into the water. (Credit: CBS)

Park District Car Falls In Lake Michigan

Part of the Lakefront Trail was closed Friday, after a Chicago Park District vehicle slid into Lake Michigan.

11/28/2014

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

Judge Orders City To Leave Proposed Lucas Museum Site Unaltered

A federal judge on Tuesday ordered the city not to physically alter the proposed site of The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art until further order of the court during the opening legal battle between the city and opponents of the museum.

11/25/2014

Ryan Harris Park in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood. (CBS/Steve Miller)

Englewood Group Still Waiting On Park Field House

What’s the holdup? That’s what members of a community group are asking the Chicago Park District.

11/13/2014

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

Friends Of The Parks Sue To Keep Lucas Museum Off Lakefront

A parks advocacy group has filed a federal lawsuit against the city, seeking to block plans to keep filmmaker George Lucas’ proposed museum off the lakefront.

11/13/2014

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Injured Bicyclist Lobbies Park District To Warn Riders About Lakefront Dropoff

Now paralyzed below the ribs, Jennifer Kraft is making it her mission to make sure others do not suffer the same fate. CBS 2’s Suzanne LeMignot reports.

10/16/2014

Dozens of ash trees along the Midway Plaisance are dying and must be cut down due to emerald ash borer infestation. (Credit: CBS)

Ash Trees On Midway Plaisance Coming Down Due To Ash Borer Infestation

Chicago Park District arborist Marcus Horan said he and a tree-cutting crew have been at the job for several weeks, cutting down two or three infected ash trees a day.

09/25/2014

Aerial view of the Museum Campus in Chicago, including (top to bottom) Soldier Field, the Field Museum, and the Shedd Aquarium. (Credit: CBS)

Park District Seeking Public Input On Future Of Museum Campus

The Chicago Park District has asked one of the designers of the proposed Lucas Museum of Narrative Art to help with discussions about a long-term vision for the entire lakefront Museum Campus where it is planned to be built.

09/10/2014

Fields at Grant Park were a muddy mess the day after Lollapalooza ended, but in better shape than 2011, when it took two months and $1 million to repair the park. (Credit: CBS)

Grant Park Repairs To Cost $266,000 After Lollapalooza

The damage to Grant Park after this year’s Lollapalooza wasn’t nearly as bad as the rain-soaked festival three years ago, but repairs to the sod will still take a few weeks to complete.

08/13/2014

Computer rendering of the Big Marsh Eco-Park, a nature preserve and mountain bike park planned for a former industrial site just east of Lake Calumet. (Credit: Chicago Park District)

Old Industrial Site On Lake Calumet To Become Nature Preserve, Bike Park

The centerpiece of what will be known as Big Marsh Eco-Park will be a 45-acre mountain bike park; including a single-track trail, a dual slalom course, a dirt jump trail, a pump track, a cyclocross course, a short-track course, a gravity flow trail, a slope-style course, and a bicycle skills area.

08/01/2014

Two concert-goers pose by the namesake sign at Chicago's Lollapalooza festival. (Lisa Fielding/CBS)

Lollapalooza Marks A Decade In Chicago

Once the vagabond of the music festival and touring circuit, Lollapalooza marks its 10th anniversary in Chicago when it opens for three days starting Friday with a lineup including Eminem, Outkast and Kings of Leon.

07/30/2014

Waves crash into the Chicago lakefront at Fullerton Avenue. (Credit: CBS)

Meteorologists Warn Of High Waves On Lake Michigan

High waves on Lake Michigan have prompted a warning for boaters and swimmers, due to potentially deadly currents on the water.

07/28/2014

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