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Grass flies out of the ground at Soldier Field as the Bears take on the Texans. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: It’s Time For Synthetic Turf At Soldier Field

On Sunday night, as the rain poured down at Soldier Field, the Bears and the Texans slipped and slogged their way to a 13-6 final score as ugly as an offensive lineman’s backside.

CBS Chicago–11/13/2012

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Unused NATO Summit Funds To Go Toward City Parks

A $6.5 million combination of NATO legacy and Chicago Park District capital funds will be invested in neighborhood and transformative park projects across the city, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced on Saturday.

10/06/2012

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Compressed Natural Gas Could Help Cut Fuel Costs

The average price for regular unleaded in Chicago is $4.45 a gallon, 60 cents more than the national average of $3.85, according to AAA. But CBS 2’s Mike Parker found gas selling for $2.65 a gallon. It’s not your typical gas, it’s compressed natural gas, and it could save you a bundle.

CBS 2–09/19/2012

Northerly Island Plan

Northerly Island Reimagined As Urban Camping Destination

Construction will begin this fall to turn Northerly Island – the onetime site of Meigs Field – into a new hub for urban camping.

CBS Chicago–08/16/2012

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

High Waves, Rip Currents Lead To Another Day Of Beach Bans, Warnings

Safety concerns from high waves and rip currents have caused Evanston to close its beaches for a second day in a row.

08/11/2012

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Best Spots For Summer Playdates in Chicago

If your playgroup’s usual location is feeling “played out” with summer well underway, now is the perfect time to get creative with new locations. Whether it’s exploring nature, unwinding in a café, getting hands-on with history or seeing animals up close, the Chicagoland area offers a variety of museums, zoos and parks that can make the dog days of summer more enjoyable. Pack a lunch, grab your sunscreen and get ready to have fun with your playgroup in a new meetup destination.

07/20/2012

A general view of Soldier Field. (credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Soldier Field To Host College Hockey In February

The inaugural Hockey City Classic will pit Notre Dame against Miami (Ohio) and Wisconsin against Minnesota in a doubleheader.

CBS Chicago–07/09/2012

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Best Places For Film Buffs In Chicago

Love films and movies? Try going to some of the best places to see them in Chicago.

07/09/2012

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Movies In The Parks: Summer’s Savior

Honestly, we’re not sure why it took us so long to realize there should be a movie playing outside in a park every day of the summer. You go to the beach, you play some sports, maybe you just grill all day and do cannonballs in the pool, but then you want to gather up and watch a good-timey movie with the gang. We’ve rounded up some of our own favorite Movies in the Parks below!

06/26/2012

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6 More Chicago Park District Pools Open; 2 Still Closed

Six Chicago Park District outdoor swimming pools throughout the city opened Sunday after being closed for repairs.

06/24/2012

Heat

Temperature Climbs In The 90s, Heat Index To Hit 100

Chicago got a scorcher Monday, with a heat index that made it feel like 100 degrees.

CBS Chicago–06/18/2012

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List Of Chicago Park District Pools

The Chicago Park District has been replacing drains–and doing other repairs–on all its pools and the work has not been completed at some facilities. Officials hope to get all the pools open by next week.

06/15/2012

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Best Spots For A Picnic In Chicago

Chicago is blessed with well-maintained public parks, but not all picnic spots are created equal. With beautiful summer weather warming up the city, packing a picnic might just be the ticket to a perfect season. From scenic to secluded, Chicago’s best picnic spots offer a little bit of all things ambiance.

06/09/2012

A view from a dock at the 31st Street Harbor. (Credit: Steve Miller/WBBM Newsradio)

Chicago’s 31st Street Harbor Open–With Plenty Of Space Available

Chicago’s 31st Street Harbor is now officially open – a $100-million dollar project designed to accommodate 1,000 boats

06/07/2012

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Park District Still Has To Upgrade Several Pool Drains

The Chicago Park District is up against a deadline to have its outdoor pools ready for the swimming season.

WBBM Newsradio–05/31/2012

Circus In The Parks

Performers To Bring The Circus To City Parks

The Midnight Circus is usually an after-hours affair, but its troupe will perform during the day as part of a popular partnership with the Chicago Park District coming up this fall.

CBS Chicago–05/30/2012

Financial Aid For Park District Day Camp

Lots of kids will soon be out of school, and some of them area heading to summer camp. But not all families can afford it.

05/29/2012

63rd Street Beach

City To End Most Swimming Bans At Beaches, Which Open Friday

Chicago beaches open for the summer on Friday, and the Park District says this year, you can expect to see fewer days when swimming is forbidden.

WBBM Newsradio–05/23/2012

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Deadline Set For Park District To Replace Unsafe Pool Drains

The Chicago Park District is working to meet a June 15 deadline for installing safer drains in 38 outdoor swimming pools.

WBBM Newsradio–04/23/2012

A Woman Works On Her Laptop In A Cafe. (AP Photo)

More Problems For Park District’s Program Registration Website

The Chicago Park District experienced problems again Monday morning as it opened up online registration for its summer camps.

CBS Chicago–04/09/2012

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