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

Choppy Conditions On Lake Prompt Beach Hazard Alert

Anyone considering a visit to the beach on Wednesday might want to avoid going for a swim; and not just because the lake is so cold and the weather is unusually brisk for July. Choppy conditions could make swimming dangerous.

07/23/2014

A Chicago Park District lifeguard keeps an eye on swimmers at North Avenue Beach. (Credit: CBS)

Most Lake Michigan Beaches Reopen To Swimmers

A day after swimming was banned at most beaches on Lake Michigan in Chicago, due to high bacteria levels, the Chicago Park District has lifted swimming restrictions at all but two.

07/02/2014

Severe storms roll into the Chicago area on Monday. (Credit:  Heidi Anderson)

Swimming Banned At Beaches After Stormwater, Sewage Dumped In Lake

The heavy rainfall from Monday night’s storms prompted officials to open the Chicago and Wilmette locks to prevent raw sewage from overflowing out of the sewer system, and instead dump a mix of storm runoff and sewage into Lake Michigan.

07/01/2014

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Chicago Joins Effort To Stage World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

All 73 Chicago Park District swimming pools were hosting swim lessons on Friday, in hopes of helping set a Guinness World Record.

06/20/2014

Children swimmin at the Robert E. Wood Boys & Girls Club on 25th Street. (Credit: Lisa Fielding)

Park District Aims For World Record For Largest Swimming Lesson

The Chicago Park District is signing up children to take part in an attempt to set a new record for the world’s largest swimming lesson.

06/09/2014

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Scottie Pippen, Nike To Offer Free City Basketball Clinics

Chi League School is an intensive basketball and life skills development program for high school student-athletes who want to improve their skills but do not have the opportunity to get invited to premier off-season leagues.

05/21/2014

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

Shakespeare Returning To 18 Chicago Parks

The Chicago Park District has partnered with Chicago Shakespeare Theater to put on 26 performances of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

05/16/2014

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More Cops Will Patrol Parks, Transit System To Curb Summer Violence

The partnership between police, the Chicago Transit Authority, the Chicago Housing Authority and the Chicago Park District is part of what the city is calling the Summer Surge initiative.

04/30/2014

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Resident Complains West Side Park Is In Disrepair

Nicole Ellison tired of waiting for someone to fix the crumbling stairs outside the field house at Altgeld Park. CBS 2′s Dorothy Tucker reports.

04/17/2014

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State Awards 46 Grants For Parks And Playground Projects Across Illinois

The state of Illinois Saturday awarded grants totaling $16.5 million to 46 park and playground projects statewide, including 29 in the six-county region.

04/05/2014

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Emanuel Considering 5,000-Seat Expansion At Soldier Field

The stadium that’s home to the Chicago Bears has a capacity of 61,500 people for football games and 63,500 for other events.

03/05/2014

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City Ice Skating Rinks To Stay Open For Extra Weekend

Call it a small silver lining to an otherwise miserable winter: Cold temperatures mean the city’s outdoor ice skating rinks can stay open an extra weekend this year.

02/25/2014

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Best Parent Gathering Places In Chicago

Are you having a hard time meeting other parents? The following five places are great ways to meet other parents in Chicago.

01/17/2014

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Park District To Showcase Local Independent Films For ‘Movies in the Parks’

The Chicago Park District is putting out the call to filmmakers to submit their work. A panel then will choose between 6 and 10 of the films to be shown.

01/14/2014

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Best Fitness And Dance Studios In Chicago

Dance your way to better health by checking out the following five fitness and dance classes in Chicago.

01/06/2014

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Best Places In Chicago To Give Back This Holiday Season

Why wait until New Year’s Day to start your resolution to volunteer? Consider checking out the following five Chicago-area organizations that can use volunteers this holiday season.

12/09/2013

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Park District Ice Rinks Open For Winter Season

Ice skating rinks at seven parks across the city will open for the season Friday, with a brand-new eighth rink set to open next month.

11/29/2013

Chicago seniors get ready for the "Senior Games" on the South Side. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya)

‘Senior Games’ Kick Off On South Side

The Chicago Park District’s “Senior Games” began Tuesday morning on the South Side, but hot weather was not much of a factor, despite the 90-plus temperatures.

09/10/2013

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Best Dog Walking Trails In Chicago

Take your four-legged friend for a quick walk along these five stunning trails in the Chicago area.

09/06/2013

A Chicago Park District lifeguard keeps an eye on swimmers at North Avenue Beach. (Credit: CBS)

Beach Visitors Warned About Choppy Conditions On Lake

Lakefront visitors are being advised to check the flags at Chicago beaches before going into the water on Friday, because of possible danger of rip currents from choppy conditions.

08/23/2013

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