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A rare double coconut palm tree at the Garfield Park Conservatory has died after surviving 45 years in the Palm House greenhouse. (Credit: Chicago Park District)

Garfield Park Conservatory Loses Rare Double Coconut Palm Tree

The Garfield Park Conservatory has lost one of its rare plants.

CBS Chicago–02/15/2012

Hail caused signifcant damage to the historic Garfield Park Conservatory. Here, glass panes are shattered in the greenhouse. (Credit: Garfield Park Conservatory)

Conservatory Reopens 2 Rooms After Last Summer’s Hailstorm

Looking for better luck at the Garfield Park Conservatory in 2012, the Chicago Park District called in the big guns on this, the weekend before the Chinese New Year.

CBS Chicago–01/22/2012

(Credit: Garfield Park Conservatory)

Park District Holds Plant Sale To Raise Money For Garfield Park Conservatory

You can have the chance to buy some unusual plants very cheaply, and at the same time, help the Chicago Park District recover from the hail damage at the Garfield Park Conservatory this past summer.

10/22/2011

(credit: Bonnie Kenaz-Mara)

Guide to Promontory Point

Chicago’s gorgeous lakefront includes 15 public beaches along 26 miles of shoreline. However, between the south side beaches lies a true treasure, know by locals as “The Point.” Promontory Point is a popular wedding site, boasts one of the best views of the Chicago skyline, has great bike trails, and is the only place on the lakefront that fire pits are permitted.

09/10/2011

Chicago Park District

Park District To Unveil Healthy Vending Machines

The Chicago Park District on Tuesday is unveiling the first of a new line of healthy vending machines planned for all of its field houses.

CBS Chicago–08/30/2011

Mario Mendoza. (Credit: Chicago Police)

Cops: Man Sent Naked Photos Of Himself To Minor Girl

A Southwest Side man who is reportedly a park recreational leader is expected in court later Thursday charged with sending naked photos of himself to a minor girl.

08/18/2011

Nearly two dozen dead geese, such as this one, have been found at McKinley Park and nearby McGuane Park on the Southwest Side between Aug. 15 and Aug. 17, 2011. (Credit: CBS)

Nearly Two Dozen Dead Geese Found At Chicago Parks

Nearly two dozen dead geese have been found at two Chicago parks this week and officials were trying to figure out what killed them.

CBS Chicago–08/17/2011

Lakefront Bike Path

Study: Tens Of Thousands Using Lakefront Bike Path Daily

A new study finds tens of thousands of people are using the lakefront bike path every day.

CBS Chicago–08/17/2011

The tarp is removed from Soldier Field prior to Saturday's game against the Bills. (Photo by Adam Hoge/CBSChicago.com)

Park District Wants New Kind Of Sod For Soldier Field

The turf at Soldier Field is getting two thumbs up from the head of the Chicago Park District days after the Bears’ first pre-season game.

CBS Chicago–08/16/2011

(credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images))

A Beach For Every Bum: Best Chicago Beaches

http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com We’re so spoiled living on big, beautiful Lake Michigan. Sure, the water is usually freezing, but nothing beats a day at the beach. All 28 miles of Chicago lakefront are managed by the Chicago […]

08/13/2011

Walter Jacobson

Walter’s Perspective: Soldier Field GM Is My Hero

It’s early in the week, and already I’ve discovered my hero of the week – the Chicago Park District official who’s accepting responsibility for the Friday night fiasco at Soldier Field.

CBS 2–08/09/2011

Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Mayor Wants Bears’ Playing Surface To Be ‘Reliable’

Mayor Rahm Emmanuel says he expects the Chicago Park District to come up with a solution to make Soldier Field’s playing surface more reliable.

CBS Chicago–08/09/2011

Buckingham Fountain

Buckingham Fountain To Be Closed Off For Lollapalooza

Much of Grant Park, including Buckingham Fountain, will be closed to the public for until next week as Lollapalooza takes over.

CBS Chicago–08/04/2011

Handcuffs

Cops: One Held, One Questioned After Separate Boating Incidents

A Batavia woman who prompted a frantic search when it was believed she fell into the water and went missing was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct because she was “hiding’’ while multiple fire and police emergency crews were looking for her Saturday night on the North Side, police said.

07/31/2011

Montage Of Credit Cards. (AP Graphic)

Emanuel Scales Back Credit Card Privileges For City Employees

An investigation that uncovered credit card abuses, which led to the ouster of the heads of the Chicago Housing Authority and Chicago Park District, has prompted Mayor Rahm Emanuel to cancel most city credit cards and all petty cash.

CBS Chicago–07/11/2011

(credit: Steve Hardy/CBS Local)

Taste Of Chicago Arrests Drop 50%, But Attendance Down, Too

From a security standpoint, this year’s Taste of Chicago was a rousing success. From a sales and attendance standpoint, it was a flop.

07/05/2011

(credit: Steve Hardy/CBS Local)

Pared-Down Taste Of Chicago Wraps Up

This year’s Taste of Chicago wrapped up Sunday evening and the Chicago Park District, which was running the scaled-down festival for the first time, described this year as a big success.

CBS Chicago–07/03/2011

Hail caused signifcant damage to the historic Garfield Park Conservatory. Here, glass panes are shattered in the Fern Room. (Credit: Garfield Park Conservatory)

Parts Of Garfield Park Conservatory Reopen After Hail Damage

Three areas of the Garfield Park Conservatory were reopened to the public on Sunday after tens of thousands of window panes were smashed by hail last week, forcing the historic site to close.

CBS Chicago–07/03/2011

Grilling Guide

Park District: Don’t Dump Charcoal At Foot Of Trees In City Parks

The Fourth of July is the biggest grilling day of the year, and many will flock to the lakefront and Chicago area parks to enjoy a few burgers, hot dogs and anything else some hot coals can turn into a meal.

07/03/2011

Rahm Emanuel talks with CBS 2 on the eve of his inauguration. (CBS)

Mayor Pulls Credit Cards From Agencies

The Chicago Park District, the Chicago Housing Authority and other city agencies have been stripped of credit-card privileges after some employees were caught using them to buy gifts, expensive dinners and to even pay off red-light camera tickets.

06/03/2011

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