Chicago Park District

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

Jennifer Kraft (CBS)

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

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

(File photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Laureus)

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

Basketball (Getty Images)

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

Chicago Police Officers (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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

CBS 2

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

Playground File Photo (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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

Soldier Field. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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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