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Douglas Park Signs Come Down To Make Way For New Name: Frederick And Anna Murray Douglass Park

The signs were removed just a day after the Park District Board voted to remove the name of Stephen Douglas from the park.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Douglas Park Is No More, Clearing Way To Honor Abolitionists Frederick And Anna Murray Douglass

The board will rename the park after a 45-day public comment period.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Chicago Park District Wants To Rename West Ridge Nature Preserve. Here’s How To Weigh In

The park is known to neighbors as West Ridge Nature Preserve, but officially it is named Park No. 568.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

After Addams Park’s New Fields Open, Some Neighbors Told To Pay $150 Per Hour To Use Them

A group was kicked off of the newly opened fields and told they had to pay to use them. Ald. Jason Ervin said the fields should be free to use when they aren't rented.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

How Should Chicago Rename Its Public Parks? Here’s How To Weigh In With Your Ideas

The changes come after a years-long effort to change Douglas Park to Douglass Park in honor of abolitionists Frederick Douglass and Anna Murray-Douglass.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Chance The Rapper’s Charity Donated 45,000 Masks To Chicago Parks For Kids, Staff

The masks will help kids and park staff during day camp.

Downtown

Hyde Park Neighbors Struggle To Find Solution As Noise, Fireworks Persist Along Lakefront

East Hyde Parkers have been divided on how to quiet the noise. Some want to close the park earlier and increase police presence, while others want to keep the park open and find alternatives to policing.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

New Effort Asks Neighbors To Pitch In To Clean Up Chicago Parks

The Chicago Parks Foundation in partnership with the Park District is providing cleanup materials and safety guidelines to help volunteers.

Downtown

Ogden Park’s New Football Field And Track Is Ready For Play: ‘It Feels Good To See It Happen’

The $2.7 million project is just one part of the plan Moore has for the 115 year-old park.

Englewood, Chatham

Movies In The Park 2020 Is Happening — With Masks, Social Distancing And Capacity Limits

The series, which shows free movies in parks across the city, will run from Monday through September 11 with 45 free outdoor screenings playing every weekday — with a maximum of 100 people allowed at each park.

Downtown

The Hedges Are Gone, But Protesters Now Want Wealthy Lakeview Homeowner To Close His Southwest Side Asphalt Plant

Michael Tadin Jr. co-owns the controversial MAT Asphalt plant in McKinley Park. When it opened in 2018, bringing noise and pollution to the area, neighbors had no advanced notice it was coming.

Lakeview, Boystown, Wrigleyville

Wealthy Family’s Hedges Ripped Out After They Blocked Off Parkland As Their Own Private Yard

Block Club revealed Tuesday that businessman Michael Tadin Jr. and his family cordoned off parkland for their private use, according to an inspector general's report.

Lakeview, Boystown, Wrigleyville

A Day At The Park: Neighbors Camp Out On Public Land Homeowners Blocked Off As Their Own Private Yard In Lakeview

After Block Club revealed a wealthy Lakeview resident cordoned off parkland for private use, residents showed up to enjoy the public grounds.

Lakeview, Boystown, Wrigleyville

A Wealthy Family Planted Hedges On Park District Land To Make A Personal Front Yard, Inspector General Alleges

The yard in front of Michael Tadin Jr.'s Lakeview home is public land, part of Lincoln Park. But a hedgerow suggests otherwise.

Lakeview, Boystown, Wrigleyville

City Beaches, In Use Despite Closure, Need Lifeguards, Alderman Says

"With another holiday weekend upon us and no lifeguards in the works, I fear for drownings that may occur," Ald. Maria Hadden said.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Park Activists, City Officials Return To Court In Ongoing Battle Over Obama Center Construction

Protect Our Parks is appealing a district court judge's dismissal of its lawsuit seeking to block the Obama Presidential Center's construction in Jackson Park.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Chicago Park District Making 600 Gallons Of Hand Sanitizer To Protect Staff, First Responders

The park district started making the hand sanitizer last week and has already begun sharing it with its workers.

Downtown

Park District Cashes In On For-Profit Donation Boxes, But Residents In Hyde Park Are Peeved

Some Hyde Parkers are frustrated at the Park District's $120,000 partnership with for-profit company The GreenCity Project.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

This Winter’s Storms Have Left Accessible Boardwalks A Mess At South Side Beaches

The accessible walkways at 57th Street, 63rd Street, South Shore and Rainbow beaches are all unusable for people in wheelchairs or with strollers.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

The Navy Pier Flyover’s Northern End Is An Ice-Choked Hazard. Are Trail Closures The New Normal?

“Models show that lake levels are likely to remain high through this year, and so, at least in the near term future we’re going to be dealing with this," a Chicago Park District official said.

Downtown
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