Skip to contents

Chicago Park District

Chicago Park District
Chicago Park District

Pickleball Courts Coming To McKinley Park’s Namesake Park

Three tennis courts will be removed to make way for the 10 pickleball courts, and some neighbors aren't happy about it.

Bridgeport, Chinatown, McKinley Park

As Riot Fest Approaches, West Siders Wait To See If Festival Will Be A Better Neighbor

The Douglass Park event has generated fierce pushback for years, but many support it amid pledges to scale back noise and traffic, better clean up the park and maintain public access.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

No, There Is Not A Nude Beach In Chicago. Fake Sign Removed From Loyola Beach

The hoax could mark the return of a Rogers Park prankster known for installing fake government signs and notices in public places.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Another Round Of Extreme Heat Expected To Hit Chicago This Weekend

Expected highs of mid-90s on Saturday and Sunday could result in an especially warm Labor Day weekend.


Portage Park Advisory Council Wants Feedback On Redesign Of Tennis Court Area

One design includes a new basketball court, while the other includes tennis and pickleball courts. Residents can weigh in online until Wednesday or at this weekend's farmers market.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Pickleball Courts Coming To Humboldt Park — But What About The Broken Bathrooms?

Neighbors and Humboldt Park Ald. Jessie Fuentes are concerned pickleball courts are being prioritized over more urgent repairs, like reopening public bathrooms and resurfacing basketball courts.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Grant Park Vendors Ready To Quit After Competing With Unlicensed Sellers, Special Events All Summer

A summer of NASCAR and Lollapalooza closures, rising rents and competition from unlicensed vendors has some Grant Park concessionaires at their breaking point. "Nothing's equal and fair," one complained.


City Wants To Build Park Field House On West Loop Basketball Courts, Neighbors Say No

For years, the Skinner Park Advisory Council has asked for a new field house with pool to be built across the street. City officials say they don't want to give up the land.

West Loop

City Officials Deny Bronzeville’s Taylor Park Field House Will Be Converted To Migrant Shelter

Neighbors say they've gotten conflicting messages about the field house from park staffers and a City Hall representative, but Ald. Pat Dowell says there are "no plans" to house migrants at the park facility.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Jefferson Park’s ‘Queen Of Bocce’ To Compete In Citywide Special Olympics Golden Games

Maureen Blake will join participants from all over Chicago this week for the first-ever competition celebrating current and retired Special Olympics athletes ages 45 and up.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Promontory Point Swimmers Say They Need More Protection From Jet Skiers, Boaters

Buoys aren't very visible, which has led to close calls in the popular South Side swimming area, swimmers said. But Park District officials say swimming is banned, and people should not be in the water at all.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

This Family Has Visited 364 Chicago Parks (And Counting). Here Are Their Top Picks

The Schmidts have visited over half of Chicago's 600-plus parks: Here are their favorite playgrounds, biking trails and splash pads.


Midnight Circus Fights To Survive After City Cuts Funding

After 16 years of performing around the city, Midnight Circus in the Parks announced last week that it will not be able to offer the troupe's usual citywide tour this year.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

How South Side Kids Are Using Art To Fight For Climate Justice

Through dance, play, song and storytelling, youth learn community healing, climate and racial justice in the Young Cultural Stewards and ArtSeed program.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Chicago’s Indoor Pools Closing For 1 Month As Lifeguards Head To Beaches, Outdoor Pools

Lifeguards at the 27 indoor pools will be redirected toward the city's beaches and outdoor pools as young staffers head back to school for the fall.


Broadway Armory’s Senior Center Won’t Close As 250 Migrants Move Into Gym Shelter

Some programs at the armory will be moved to other park facilities or end early. More than 500 neighbors came out to hear plans for the shelter, which will open Tuesday.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Midnight Circus’ Full Citywide Tour Canceled For 2023 Season

Calling for donations, Midnight Circus founders said they plan to announce their 2023 program next week — but it won't include a full-scale, citywide tour.


Broadway Armory To Become Migrant Shelter Starting Next Week, City Says

Most of the park programs will relocate or end early, but the city-run senior center will stay open. Ald. Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth decried the process for converting the facility.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Migrant Shelter Planned For Edgewater’s Broadway Armory, Park Programs Likely To Be Moved

Broadway Armory Park could hold as many as 300 migrants, but some neighbors said shutting down a major park facility will impact hundreds of in-need seniors and children.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Pilsen’s Dvorak Park Pool To Open Friday After Two Week Delay

The pool will open Friday after repairs were made Monday, the Chicago Park District said.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards
1 of 11