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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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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

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