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

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

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A Beach For Every Bum: Best Chicago Beaches 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 […]


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


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.


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

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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.


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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.


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.



Raccoons Invading Along Lakefront

Dark-eyed, wild bandits have invaded both the north and south lakefront, but officials are working to out-smart them.

CBS Chicago–05/03/2011

Chicago Park District

Park District To Shut Down Monday In Budget Move

In an effort to balance its budget, the Chicago Park District will close its offices and field houses for four days this year – including Pulaski Day this Monday – in an effort to balance its budget.

CBS Chicago–03/02/2011

Taste Of Chicago

Park District Taking Over Taste, 4 Other Fests Canceled

The Chicago Park District will be taking over control of the Taste of Chicago this summer and four other popular summer fests — the Country Music Festival, the Viva! Chicago Latin Music Festival, the Gospel Music Festival and Celtic Fest Chicago — will be merged into the Taste.

CBS Chicago–02/10/2011

Chicago Park District

Park District To Acquire Southeast Side Wetlands

The Chicago Park District is about to acquire nearly 600 acres of wetlands on the city’s Southeast Side as part of a decades-long plan to make sure industry and mother nature can be better neighbors.


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Park District Starts New Year With Free Gym Time

CHICAGO (STMW) – If your 2011 resolutions including slimming the waistline and beefing up the wallet, then the Chicago Park District may have something to get you started: A week of free workouts at their […]


Northerly Island Plan

Meigs Supporters Say Northerly Island Plan Looks Familiar

Supporters of the old Meigs Field–and they still exist–say the Chicago Park District’s framework plan for Northerly Island steals liberally from their vision of a reopened airport.

WBBM Newsradio–12/06/2010

Ice Skating Rinks

Get Your Skate On: Chicago’s Best Ice Skating Rinks

Whether you are as graceful as Michelle Kwan or a total disaster on skates, ice skating is a time-honored Chicago winter tradition. Plus, it is a ton of fun. Seriously, it is. Your kids will think so too.


Photo Of A Chicago Park District Lifeguard Chair. (Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Park District Considers Putting Ads In Parks

Visitors to Chicago’s public parks could soon see advertisements on such things as lifeguard stands, garbage cans and tennis courts.

CBS Chicago–11/11/2010