BRIGHTON PARK — City Council has approved plans to build a new headquarters for the Chicago Park District in Brighton Park.
The approval sets in motion the Park District’s move from Streeterville to the South Side neighborhood.
As part of the plan, the new headquarters will include an 88,000-square-foot office space, a field house, playground, spray pool and three artificial fields across 17 acres at 4800 S. Western Ave.
The facility will also include a teen center in the field house, a new traffic signal and crosswalk nearby.
The plan also includes two fitness centers and a gym with a full-sized basketball court, according to city officials.
Park district officials previously said they aim to start construction in the winter.
John Ronan Architects has been contracted to design the new headquarters.
No price tag for the facility has been revealed. Park District Supt. Michael Kelly said officials are working to secure more funding for the project.
City officials unveiled the plan to move the headquarters from Downtown to Brighton Park in 2018. At the time, then-Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the move would bring 200 existing jobs along with “much-needed recreational assets” to the South Side neighborhood.
The Chicago Park District sold its headquarters to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for $22.5 million in 2015.
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