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Edgewater’s ‘Young Lincoln’ Statue Vandalized On Thanksgiving By Group Advocating Indigenous Rights

An anonymous group of activists poured red paint on the Lincoln statue in Senn Park, tagging the site with slogans including "colonizer" and "land back."

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Music Fests Will Now Require Park District Board Approval, But Skeptics Worry City Will Choose ‘Profit Over People’

Music fests in parks have long frustrated residents who are fenced out of public spaces. The new rules give communities more power to weigh in — but it remains to be seen if the board will listen.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

The Chicago Housing Authority Keeps Giving Up Valuable Land While HUD Rubber-Stamps The Deals

Despite being years behind on obligations to build more homes, the city’s public housing agency gets permission to sell, lease and swap its property in gentrifying neighborhoods.

Citywide

Plans For Eastern Midway Plaisance Overhaul Could Be Finalized Before End Of The Year

Officials also shared updates on a cultural project to honor Jackson Park's legacy and the stabilization of the Burnham comfort station.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

City’s Plan To Address Rogers Park Tent City Must Include Housing For People Now Living In Park, Alderman Says

A plan of action on the Touhy Park encampment has yet to materialize but it should include a "push" to house people as the winter nears, Ald. Maria Hadden (49th) said.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Wicker Park Neighbors Plan New Halloween Event After Annual Boo-Palooza Fair Was Canceled

Wicker Halloween Town will bring a costume parade, pumpkin giveaways and more to Wicker Park's namesake park Oct. 22.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Wicker Park’s Boo-Palooza Festival Canceled Due To Short Staffing, Communication Issues, Organizers Say

The annual event is a major source of funding for Wicker Park programs and garden upkeep.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Gertrud Kolmar Park Dedication Honoring German-Jewish Poet Killed In Holocaust Set For Thursday

The rededication ceremony for the Northwest Side park will honor a writer and poet who created more than 450 pieces, continuing her work even while being persecuted by the Nazis.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

As Touhy Park’s Tent City Swells, Park District Closes Its Field House And Moves Programs

A tent encampment that has resided in Touhy Park since summer 2021 has led to debates about how to best help its residents while keeping the park available.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Lollapalooza, Riot Fest And Other Big Festivals Could Require Chicago Park District Board Approval Under Proposal

Festival operators may need to get Park District board sign-off for special events hosting 10,000 people or more a day in any of Chicago's public parks.

Citywide

City’s ‘Open Boulevards’ Series Returns In Bronzeville, Logan Square And North Lawndale

Sections of boulevards in Bronzeville, North Lawndale and Logan Square will be closed to vehicles so residents can walk, bike, socialize, eat food and more.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Uptown’s Clarendon Park Community Center, Once Facing Wrecking Ball, Kicks Off $13 Million Overhaul

The renovation will restore the more than 100-year-old field house and add accessibility features and a new lobby.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

An ‘Uptown Coastal Natural Area’ Coming To Lakefront — But It Will Require The Removal Of A Tent Encampment

Crews will this week begin turning a portion of Lincoln Park between Wilson and Lawrence avenues into a natural area. Activists say the city must first house the residents living in tents on the land.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Chicagoans Can Explore Parks And Find Pollinators In Month-Long Nature Challenge

Chicagoans can document pollinators across the city by participating in the Parks for Pollinators campaign.

Citywide

50 New Pickleball Courts Coming To Chicago By 2025 As Interest In The Sport Skyrockets

Pickleball has taken off nationwide, but Chicago only has four courts dedicated to the sport, while other courts must be shared with tennis and offer limited playing time, a local enthusiast said.

Citywide

Humboldt Park Advisory Council Will Be Revived Next Year After Being Shut Down For ‘Disorderly Conduct,’ Years Of Infighting

The Park District is relaunching the embattled group and hoping to start fresh after the agency's inspector general found no proof of financial misconduct among former board members.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

‘Gut Feelings,’ Made With Puppets With Human Heads, Playing At Parks Across The City

The 11-minute silent film was created in a Chicago apartment and features humanettes, where the actors' faces appear as though they are attached to puppet bodies.

Citywide

‘La La Land’ To Be Shown Thursday In Wicker Park

The movie will be shown for free as part of the Park District's Movies in the Night program.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Chicago Public Pools To Close By Sunday As Lifeguards Head Back To School

Beaches are open through Sept. 5. Public pools will reopen for the fall the week of Sept. 6.

Citywide

Douglass Park Neighbors ‘Sad’ And ‘Ignored’ As Music Fests Ruin Their Park All Summer — And Cleanup Won’t Come Until Fall

A soccer team had to move practice after a player was cut by broken glass left in the field after a festival. Residents say instead of listening to their concerns, the city added two more festivals to the park in recent years.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale
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