This winter season enjoy Northerly Island, 1521 S. Linn White Dr., by snowtrekking with snowshoes and/or cross country skies during select dates this winter from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weather permitting.
By John Byrne, Chicago Tribune reporter
The Chicago Park District unveiled a $410 million budget proposal Monday that holds the line on new property taxes and fees for park programs while increasing the number of spots in some sports leagues and reducing the cost for out-of-towners to dock boats along the lakefront.
From kid-friendly events like pumpkin patches and Halloween parties, to drive-in spooky movies and our popular 13 Terrors, there is something for everyone in the parks.
One overwhelming early morning, Flint Creek Wildlife treated 129 birds that had been gingerly collected off the sidewalks of downtown Chicago. It was fall migration season, and songbirds of all species were at it again, flying south for the winter and – many of them – along the way bumping into the city’s famously picturesque skyline.
The changing colors of the trees on the Grove Portage Trail, located within the River Trail Nature Center in Northbrook, offer a vibrant mix of yellows, reds, browns and oranges.
The Chicago Park District has been granted accreditation for standards of excellence in quality and efficiency by the national Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). CAPRA acknowledges that the Chicago Park District has fulfilled requirements exemplifying its commitment to serving its patrons, employees, volunteers and communities.
The lakefront has long been the Chicagoan's go-to for bumming on the beach or a stroll near the water–but now, world-class art? Showcasing over fifty sculptures and spanning lakefront parkland from Belmont Harbor to Grant Park, the 2012-2013 Chicago Parks Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition is the largest such exhibition Chicago has seen in over a decade.
This summer, the Chicago park District's McFetridge Sports Center ice rink underwent a much needed renovation that included the total replacement of the ice rink, installation of a new concrete flooring system as well as above ground ice rink components. The project also replaced the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems for the lobby, ice rink and tennis courts, as well as replacement of the lighting fixtures for the ice rink and tennis courts, upgraded the electrical switch
The Chicago Sculpture International (CSI), in partnership with the Chicago Park District, will be hosting the “2012-13 Chicago Parks Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition” on display in Chicago’s parks near the downtown lakefront area for an entire year.
The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers has proposed to increase the current Great Lakes Fisheries Ecosystem Restoration (GLFER) grant from $2.8 million to $5 million for the Chicago Park District’s southern 40-acre Northerly Island Habitat Development project. The Chicago Park District would be required to match the grant by 35 percent. The matching funds would come from a Northerly Island reserve, created by concert venue revenues.