Each spring, park patrons may see dandelions growing in their neighborhood parks throughout Chicago, signifying a healthy, chemical-free park. The Chicago Park District for a fourth year is partnering with Safer Pest Control Project to offer park visitors a safer and healthier park by limiting the use of pesticides throughout the district.
Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse will sell more than 150 varieties of organically grown vegetable, herb and flower seedlings. The annual plant sale will take place Saturday & Sunday, May 18 & 19, 10 am - 2 pm.
Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool opens for the 2013 season on Saturday, April 20.
Live Nation Entertainment today announces extensive improvements and expansions to Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island for its 2013 summer entertainment season. These changes will enhance the concert experience for patrons and artists alike while expanding the range of talent the facility can accommodate. With these improvements, Charter One Pavilion will become an even more exciting recreational destination for Chicago’s lakefront in 2013.
MAYOR EMANUEL ANNOUNCES $2 MILLION IN NEIGHBORHOOD PARK INVESTMENTS WITH NATO LEGACY FUNDS
Tumbling in the Parks! More than 300 girls recently competed in the north region girls tumbling meet at Warren Park. Check out some of the highlights captured.
The Chicago Park District hosts a variety of Holiday Happenings throughout the month of December. We've selected a few highlights from events. Enjoy!
Reported by WBEZ Curios City's Robin Amer. From nature to industry and back again (sorta), the lakefront’s changed so much that city founders wouldn’t recognize it.
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.
From the Alvin Ailey Dance Camp to an articifical turf field at McKinley Park, without the proceeds from Lollapalooza, many great park projects would not be possible.
In order to ensure a successful fall registration, signing up online for offerings will take place over two days and in two different zones. Parks located west of California Avenue will begin registration Monday, Aug. 20 at 9 a.m. Parks located east of California Avenue will begin registration Tuesday, Aug. 21 at 9 a.m.
Due to popular demand, a performance has been added of The Inconvenience’s critically acclaimed production of Hit the Wall by Ike Holter and directed by Eric Hoff at Theater on the Lake, Fullerton Avenue and Lake Shore Drive. Performance schedule is now Wednesday-Friday, July 25-27 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, July 28 at 3 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, July 29 at 6:30 p.m.
The Chicago Park District and the Chicago Community Trust present the Chicago Westside Music Festival, an admission-free concert series at three parks in the North Lawndale, Garfield Park and Austin neighborhoods featuring a mix of national and local talent on July 21 and Aug. 11 and 18. The culminating concert features award-winning R&B artist Musiq Soulchild and Chicago’s own Grammy Award-nominated soul singer-songwriter Syleena Johnson.
The Chicago Park District hosts the NikeFuel House, 1800 N. Stockton, and the seasonal NikeFuel House basketball court in south Lincoln Park, offering the community new ways to engage in recreation through Nike digital innovations.
Thanks to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Summer Safety Surplus, the Chicago Park District launches Rollin’ Recreation, a new program that offers various activities admission free at citywide parks July 5 – August 31.
Beach lovers will find out faster ever than before this summer if it’s safe to take a dip in Lake Michigan, as the Chicago Park District improves its measuring procedures.
The Chicago Park District’s Theater on the Lake: The Chicago Summer Theater Festival turns 60 this year and is proud to announce the eight artistically diverse Chicago theater companies that will receive encore presentations from June 13 – Aug. 5, 2012. Each production will be performed for five evenings only at the theater at Fullerton Avenue and Lake Shore Drive.
Soldier Field and the Chicago Park District recently announced it has been awarded the status of LEED for Existing Buildings (LEED-EB) from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Soldier Field is the first existing North American stadium to receive the award of LEED-EB Certification and the first NFL stadium to receive this prestigious award. LEED-EB stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
Garfield Park Conservatory is ranked among 10 of the World's Best Botanic Gardens.
Watch Board of Commissioners March 14, 2012 Meetings
Garfield Park Conservatory recently suffered a great loss to its botanical collection with the death of the Double Coconut Palm, also known as Lodoicea maldivica, which lived in the Palm House for 45 years.