Smoking Ban At Chicago Parks Not Stopping Many Smokers From Lighting UpSmoking in Chicago parks is illegal, but that’s not stopping some regulars from blowing smoke in the face of the opposition.
Beach Conditions Disconnect: State Website Shows Some Beaches Closed, But They're Clearly OpenA state website designed to track beach closings in Illinois shows some popular beaches are closed, even though they appear to be open. So the CBS 2 Morning Insiders wanted to know if swimmers are at risk, or if the information is wrong.
Park District Workers Pocketed Cash From Scrap Metal Sales, Set Up Tax-Exempt Sam's Club Accounts, Inspector General FindsSeveral Chicago Park District employees are facing disciplinary action and might be fired after allegedly selling scrap metal for more than $64,000 in cash they never turned over to the district.
Forest Playschool Loses Permit To Operate In Walking Stick Woods, Must Shut Down In AugustForest Playschool, an outdoor preschool in the North Park neighborhood, must shut down by August because it cannot obtain the state license it needs to keep operating after losing its permit from the Chicago Park District.
Caffe Oliva Flooding Points To Bigger Problem Of Shrinking BeachesFlooding issues at Ohio Street Beach are making it almost impossible for a Caffe Oliva, seasonal local business, to make it. The owners are calling it their worst May on record. But that's not the only issue. The rising water is causing beaches to shrink. 
Littered With Garbage And Needles, Harding Park Is Unfit For KidsHarding Park near Division and Pulaski is littered with garbage, cigarette butts and even discarded needles.
Friends Of The Parks To Clean Up Chicago Parks For Earth Week, But Some Are Too Dirty For VolunteersSpringtime can bring the best and worst of humanity out of hibernation; among the latter, people who litter.
Parents, Neighbors Clash Over Outdoor DaycareThe future of a Chicago nature preserve hit a boiling point this week as neighbors continued to demand the shutdown of Forest Playschool, an all-season, outside only daycare. 
Chicago Park District Planning Indoor Activities To Keep Kids WarmAs punishing cold temperatures are expected to plunge even more on Wednesday across much of the Midwest and parts of the northeast, millions of people are being urged to take precautions to stay safe. At least six polar-vortex related deaths have been reported.
Find Chicago-Area Warming CentersAs temperatures drop below zero, the Chicago Police Department and the Chicago Park District are offering designated warming centers. 
Study: Underserved Communities Get Few Resources From Park District"The Chicago Park District is investing the least in the communities that need it the most."