Maggie Daley Park

  • 337 E. Randolph St.   Chicago, Illinois 60601 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Jackie Guthrie
  • Park Phone: (312) 742-3918
A major construction project continues at the former Daley Bicentennial Plaza site, now being transformed into the magnificent Lakefront recreation center, Maggie Daley Park. As part of a staggered opening, the ice skating ribbon and playground area is now open to the public, and the fieldhouse will be open for winter programs beginning January 5, 2015.

The Skating Ribbon
In the heart of downtown Chicago, with the City’s skyline as a backdrop, a ribbon of ice winds through a rolling landscape providing an ice skating experience unlike any other. The skating ribbon is dramatically different from typical civic ice rinks, creating a multisensory activity that is integrated into the landscape. Skaters can experience “alpine in the city” as they lace up their ice skates and follow a path twice the length of a lap around a traditional skating rink.  Complementing the ribbon are places to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate, rent skates and scale the climbing wall. In the summertime, the Ribbon can be used for activities such as roller-skating and scooters, gallery exhibitions and special events.
View skating ribbon hours and fees.

Field House
The Field House is a central hub for the indoor and outdoor programming of the site throughout the seasons. The core programs such as the day camps and pre-school have been retained; while additional program activities that support the new park features like the climbing park and skating ribbon will be added to the offerings of the field house along with fitness programs. Some event space will also be available for rent beginning in December, 2014.

Other Amenities Scheduled to Open in the Spring of 2015
In 2015, visitors can enjoy the Climbing Park with features on the wall for experts and beginners, the Play Garden for children, an Enchanted Forest with a mirrored maze and kaleidoscope, The Lagoon, The Sea and The Harbor play apparatus for toddlers, a Wave Lawn for recreation for all ages, a Slide Crater with spiral slide and wide and rail slide features, as well as access to event rental space in the fieldhouse and open lawn

The dramatic transformation of this space is already evident and amazing.
Learn more about this new park and the construction project.

History

Maggie Daley Park History In 2014, the Chicago Park District began transforming the northeastern part of Grant Park into Maggie Daley Park. For many decades, an expansive surface parking lot occupied this site with a portion of the Illinois Central’s sunken rail yard extending along the northwestern edge. In the mid-1970s, the Chicago Park District replaced the old park lot with the Richard J. Daley Bicentennial Plaza, a complex that provided a new 3700-car underground garage with major recreational facilities. Dedicated to Chicago’s former Mayor Richard J. Daley (1902 - 1976), the facility included a new field house for indoor recreational programming as well as several outdoor amenities such as tennis courts, an ice skating rink, picnic areas, and Grant Park’s first playground. In 2009, the City of Chicago and the Park District began plans to renovate the underground parking garage and field house and enliven the outdoor elements in this area. Over the next several years, thousands of citizens participated in community workshops and meetings to help determine the programming for this prominent lakeshore site which lies just east of Millennium Park. The Park District hired Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, an internationally renowned landscape architecture firm to design the new park space. Serving as a counterpoint to the symmetry and formality of Grant Park, the design incorporates curvilinear forms, dramatic topography, and many whimsical elements. The Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners recently renamed the site in honor of Maggie Daley (1943 – 2011) Chicago’s longtime first lady, who was deeply committed to improving the lives of children and making the city culturally rich for all of its citizens. Born and raised in New Lebanon, Pennsylvania, Margaret Ann Corbett graduated from the University of Dayton in Ohio. While working as a professional for the Xerox Corporation, she began working in Chicago, where she intended to stay for only a year or two. In 1970, Maggie met Richard M. Daley, the oldest son of Mayor Richard J. Daley. The couple married in 1972, and Richard M. Daley was soon elected to the state senate. He went on to serve as Cook County State’s Attorney and as Mayor of Chicago from 1989 to 2011. Maggie Daley was involved in many civic projects and cultural organizations. By the time the Daley’s fourth and youngest child entered school in the late 1980s, Maggie became increasingly committed to these activities. She served on the auxiliary board of the Art Institute and the Woman’s Board of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. She assisted her husband in efforts to beautify the city and make it a cultural haven. She helped raise funds for the Chicago Cultural Center and launch Gallery 37, a cultural arts program for youth that included job training. This led to the creation of After School Matters, a non-profit organization that offers Chicago teens innovative, after-school activities that focus on the arts, literature, science, and technology. A dynamic force behind many Chicago non-profit organizations, Maggie Daley was also involved with the Golden Apple Foundation and Children at the Crossroads Foundation. After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002, she remained extremely active. Today, Maggie Daley is remembered for her grace, perseverance, zest for life, and commitment to Chicago.

Parking/Directions

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.

Hutchinson Fields

Hutchinson Fields

Location Notes: 900 S. Columbus Dr.

Maggie Daley Fieldhouse

Maggie Daley Fieldhouse

Hours: , ,

Maggie Daley Ice Skating Ribbon

Maggie Daley Ice Skating RibbonAccessible (1)

Location: 337 E. Randolph St.

Hours: , ,

Phone: (312)233-1001

Notes:

Admission is free. Skate rental is $12. 

Holiday Skating Schedule

Notice Valid From: 12/23/2014 - 2/28/2015

Maggie Daley Club Room

Maggie Daley Club Room

Hours: , ,

Grant Park Groves

Grant Park Groves

Location Notes: 800 S. Columbus Dr.

Grant Park Tennis Court

Grant Park Tennis Court

Location Notes: 900 S. Columbus

Descriptors: Lighted

Sand Volleyball

Sand Volleyball

Location Notes: 900 S. Columbus Dr.

Winter Programs

View our winter program schedule below.  Most activities run the week of January 5 through the week of March 16.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Spring Programs

Most activities run the week of March 30 through the week of June 1.
View programs online beginning Monday, February 9.  Registration dates for our park are:
  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, February 28, 2015.

Click on the program name links below for program descriptions, availability information and to register online now (if available).

Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adventure Camp at Maggie Daley 113608CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2015/02/16 14:45February 16, 2015
Monday from 8:45am to 5:15pm
$40.00
Archery at Maggie Daley 101097InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$30.00
Art & ABCs at Maggie Daley 98614InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2015/01/06 20:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$50.00
Art & ABCs at Maggie Daley 113558InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/08 16:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 10am to 10:45am
$50.00
Arts & Crafts at Maggie Daley 113578InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 5y 9m but less than 12Coed2015/01/07 23:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$30.00
Boot Camp at Maggie Daley 113592InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/06 23:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Boot Camp at Maggie Daley 113593InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/08 18:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Cardio Conditioning at Maggie Daley 113599InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/06 16:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
$0
Circuit Training at Maggie Daley 114369InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/05 23:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Circuit Training at Maggie Daley 113596InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/07 18:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Circuit Training at Maggie Daley 114374InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/09 00:15From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$30.00
Dino Diggers at Maggie Daley 113587InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 19:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$50.00
Dodgeball at Maggie Daley 113589InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 5y 9m but less than 11Coed2015/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$30.00
Fun and Games at Maggie Daley 99660InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/09 19:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$50.00
Indoor Tennis at Maggie Daley 99981InstructionSports - TennisAt least 2 but less than 3Coed2015/01/05 21:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$50.00
Indoor Tennis at Maggie Daley 99980InstructionSports - TennisAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 20:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$50.00
Indoor Tennis at Maggie Daley 99983InstructionSports - TennisAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2015/01/08 19:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$50.00
Indoor Tennis at Maggie Daley 99984InstructionSports - TennisAt least 5 but less than 10Coed2015/01/08 22:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$50.00
Kickboxing at Maggie Daley 113598InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/06 13:45From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7:45am to 8:45am
$30.00
Kiddie College - Winter Session at Maggie Daley 100062InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/01/05 15:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to 10:30am
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10:30am
Each Friday from 9am to 10:30am
$175.00
Kiddie College - Winter Session at Maggie Daley 100063InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 16:45From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 10:45am to 12:45pm
Each Wednesday from 10:45am to 12:45pm
Each Friday from 10:45am to 12:45pm
$225.00
Little Artists at Maggie Daley 113559InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 20:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$50.00
Mighty Munchkins at Maggie Daley 113585InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/08 18:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from Noon to 12:30pm
$30.00
Mixed Media Arts at Maggie Daley 113604InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 12 but less than 16Coed2015/01/08 00:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Mommy & Me Yoga at Maggie Daley 113586InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 1 but less than 3Coed2015/01/06 15:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9am to 9:45am
$40.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Maggie Daley 100451InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 6m but less than 3Coed2015/01/06 16:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11:30am
$60.00
Music and Movement at Maggie Daley 113550InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 21:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$50.00
Music and Movement at Maggie Daley 113582InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2015/01/07 20:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$50.00
Music and Movement at Maggie Daley 100495InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/08 17:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 11am to 11:45am
$50.00
Nature Fun at Maggie Daley 114382InstructionOutdoor & Environment - EducationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 22:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$50.00
Play School at Maggie Daley 114386InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 15:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to 9:30am
Each Wednesday from 9am to 9:30am
Each Friday from 9am to 9:30am
$25.00
Play School at Maggie Daley 102008InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 15:30From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 9:30am to 10:30am
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 10:30am
Each Friday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$75.00
Play School at Maggie Daley 102009InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/01/05 16:45From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 10:45am to 11:45am
Each Wednesday from 10:45am to 11:45am
Each Friday from 10:45am to 11:45am
$75.00
Play School at Maggie Daley 113584InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1y 9m but less than 3Coed2015/01/06 15:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9am to 9:45am
$50.00
Play School at Maggie Daley 113561InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 3Coed2015/01/08 20:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 2pm to 2:40pm
$50.00
Recreational Tumbling at Maggie Daley 101096InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/08 15:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 9am to 9:45am
$50.00
Recreational Tumbling at Maggie Daley 101099InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/09 21:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$50.00
Recreational Tumbling at Maggie Daley Cancelled101100InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 5 but less than 10Coed2015/01/10 15:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 9am to 9:45am
$30.00
Seasonal Sports at Maggie Daley 101173InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 5y 9m but less than 11Coed2015/01/06 22:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$10.00
Seasonal Sports at Maggie Daley 101174InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/07 19:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$50.00
Soccer at Maggie Daley 113588InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 19:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$50.00
Soccer at Maggie Daley 114387InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 5 but less than 11Coed2015/01/07 22:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$30.00
Table Tennis - Open at Maggie Daley 113549OpenSports - Table Tennis18 and upCoed2015/01/06 00:00From January 5, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$30.00
Table Tennis at Maggie Daley 113566InstructionSports - Table TennisAt least 11 but less than 16Coed2015/01/07 00:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$0
Table Tennis at Maggie Daley 114378InstructionSports - Table TennisAt least 5 but less than 11Coed2015/01/09 23:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Tap & Ballet at Maggie Daley 113580InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/07 21:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$50.00
Tap & Ballet at Maggie Daley 101098InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/01/07 22:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$30.00
Tap & Ballet at Maggie Daley 113551InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 5 but less than 9Coed2015/01/10 16:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
$50.00
Tap & Ballet at Maggie Daley 101610InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/10 17:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to 11:45am
$50.00
Teen Leadership Club at Maggie Daley 113605InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 12 but less than 16Coed2015/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$0
Tennis at Maggie Daley 113569InstructionSports - TennisAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$50.00
Tennis at Maggie Daley 113571InstructionSports - TennisAt least 5y 9m but less than 10Coed2015/01/05 23:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$50.00
Tennis at Maggie Daley 113567InstructionSports - TennisAt least 5y 9m but less than 10Coed2015/01/06 23:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$50.00
Tennis at Maggie Daley 113573InstructionSports - TennisAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/09 20:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$50.00
Tiny Tot Tennis at Maggie Daley 114384InstructionSports - TennisAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/09 21:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$50.00
Tot Spot at Maggie Daley 113579OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 6Coed2015/01/10 18:30From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 2pm
$50.00
Yoga at Maggie Daley 113595InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/01/06 18:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Yoga at Maggie Daley 114372InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/01/08 00:15From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$30.00
Yoga at Maggie Daley 114377InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/01/09 16:30From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$30.00
Yoga/Pilates at Maggie Daley 113591InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/01/05 18:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Yoga/Pilates at Maggie Daley 114371InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/01/07 00:15From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$30.00
Yoga/Pilates at Maggie Daley 113600InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/01/08 23:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Young Scientist at Maggie Daley 113562InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/08 22:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$50.00
Young Scientist at Maggie Daley 113563InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 5y 9m but less than 11Coed2015/01/08 23:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$30.00
Zumba at Maggie Daley 113594InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/06 00:15From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$30.00
Zumba at Maggie Daley 113602InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/07 23:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Zumba at Maggie Daley 113597InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/09 18:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00

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A major construction project continues at the former Daley Bicentennial Plaza site, now being transformed into the magnificent Lakefront recreation center, Maggie Daley Park. As part of a staggered opening, the ice skating ribbon and playground area is now open to the public, and the fieldhouse will be open for winter programs beginning January 5, 2015.

The Skating Ribbon
In the heart of downtown Chicago, with the City’s skyline as a backdrop, a ribbon of ice winds through a rolling landscape providing an ice skating experience unlike any other. The skating ribbon is dramatically different from typical civic ice rinks, creating a multisensory activity that is integrated into the landscape. Skaters can experience “alpine in the city” as they lace up their ice skates and follow a path twice the length of a lap around a traditional skating rink.  Complementing the ribbon are places to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate, rent skates and scale the climbing wall. In the summertime, the Ribbon can be used for activities such as roller-skating and scooters, gallery exhibitions and special events.
View skating ribbon hours and fees.

Field House
The Field House is a central hub for the indoor and outdoor programming of the site throughout the seasons. The core programs such as the day camps and pre-school have been retained; while additional program activities that support the new park features like the climbing park and skating ribbon will be added to the offerings of the field house along with fitness programs. Some event space will also be available for rent beginning in December, 2014.

Other Amenities Scheduled to Open in the Spring of 2015
In 2015, visitors can enjoy the Climbing Park with features on the wall for experts and beginners, the Play Garden for children, an Enchanted Forest with a mirrored maze and kaleidoscope, The Lagoon, The Sea and The Harbor play apparatus for toddlers, a Wave Lawn for recreation for all ages, a Slide Crater with spiral slide and wide and rail slide features, as well as access to event rental space in the fieldhouse and open lawn

The dramatic transformation of this space is already evident and amazing.
Learn more about this new park and the construction project.

Maggie Daley Park History In 2014, the Chicago Park District began transforming the northeastern part of Grant Park into Maggie Daley Park. For many decades, an expansive surface parking lot occupied this site with a portion of the Illinois Central’s sunken rail yard extending along the northwestern edge. In the mid-1970s, the Chicago Park District replaced the old park lot with the Richard J. Daley Bicentennial Plaza, a complex that provided a new 3700-car underground garage with major recreational facilities. Dedicated to Chicago’s former Mayor Richard J. Daley (1902 - 1976), the facility included a new field house for indoor recreational programming as well as several outdoor amenities such as tennis courts, an ice skating rink, picnic areas, and Grant Park’s first playground. In 2009, the City of Chicago and the Park District began plans to renovate the underground parking garage and field house and enliven the outdoor elements in this area. Over the next several years, thousands of citizens participated in community workshops and meetings to help determine the programming for this prominent lakeshore site which lies just east of Millennium Park. The Park District hired Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, an internationally renowned landscape architecture firm to design the new park space. Serving as a counterpoint to the symmetry and formality of Grant Park, the design incorporates curvilinear forms, dramatic topography, and many whimsical elements. The Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners recently renamed the site in honor of Maggie Daley (1943 – 2011) Chicago’s longtime first lady, who was deeply committed to improving the lives of children and making the city culturally rich for all of its citizens. Born and raised in New Lebanon, Pennsylvania, Margaret Ann Corbett graduated from the University of Dayton in Ohio. While working as a professional for the Xerox Corporation, she began working in Chicago, where she intended to stay for only a year or two. In 1970, Maggie met Richard M. Daley, the oldest son of Mayor Richard J. Daley. The couple married in 1972, and Richard M. Daley was soon elected to the state senate. He went on to serve as Cook County State’s Attorney and as Mayor of Chicago from 1989 to 2011. Maggie Daley was involved in many civic projects and cultural organizations. By the time the Daley’s fourth and youngest child entered school in the late 1980s, Maggie became increasingly committed to these activities. She served on the auxiliary board of the Art Institute and the Woman’s Board of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. She assisted her husband in efforts to beautify the city and make it a cultural haven. She helped raise funds for the Chicago Cultural Center and launch Gallery 37, a cultural arts program for youth that included job training. This led to the creation of After School Matters, a non-profit organization that offers Chicago teens innovative, after-school activities that focus on the arts, literature, science, and technology. A dynamic force behind many Chicago non-profit organizations, Maggie Daley was also involved with the Golden Apple Foundation and Children at the Crossroads Foundation. After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002, she remained extremely active. Today, Maggie Daley is remembered for her grace, perseverance, zest for life, and commitment to Chicago.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.