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‘It’s All Good’ Episode 15: Putt Putt, Pickles And Pork!

A West Side mini-golf course was abandoned for years, until 40 local teens revived it.

Teens and local organizers who helped restore Douglass Park 18 mini golf course pose for a photo as the course reopened in August.
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CHICAGO — This week’s episode focuses on the North Lawndale teens that revived the Douglass Park mini-golf course that had been dilapidated and unused for more than a decade.

“It was really a big accomplishment for me, knowing me and my brother worked on it,” 19-year-old Kaleb Deer says on “It’s All Good” Episode 15. “Our sons and our grandsons may play on the course. That’s big for the West Side.”

His twin brother Kaanan agrees.

“Us being young Black men from Chicago’s West Side, having something monumental being built with our names on it is amazing to have,” Kaanan says.

Reporter Pascal Sabino breaks down the multi-year project and highlights community leaders who helped bring it to fruition — including local artist Haman Cross, who came up with the idea.

“I think in a neighborhood like ours, hope can be kind of confusing,” Cross says. “This was one of those times where their hope was matched with resources and backing so their creative ideas did turn out.”

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The new mini golf course at Douglass Park on August 6, 2021.

Episode 15 also features Logan Square reporter Mina Bloom detailing how a former greenhouse worker and a crafter combined their dreams into one shop, opening Terracotto Plants and Pixie & The Boy inside a long-vacant storefront at 3056 W. Diversey Ave.

Bloom also urges “It’s All Good” listeners to shout from the rooftops that Dill Pickle Co-Op will remain open.

As for the pork referenced in the title, Mauricio Peña discusses how Carnitas Uruapan is receiving $250,000 from the city to rehab a century-old building for its third location.

Jake Wittich also joins the episode with an update on the upcoming re-opening of Wieners Circle.

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