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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.


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.


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.


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.


‘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.


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

Riot Fest Contractor Quits After ‘Disrespectful’ Meeting Fuels Tensions Between Fest Organizers, Neighbors

Riot Fest management apologized to residents after a poorly planned community meeting ruffled the feathers of Douglass Park neighbors. A new community meeting will be held.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Lincoln Square Neighbors Raising Money To Add Trees For Migratory Birds At River Park

Invasive trees were removed three years ago — but they were an important habitat for birds, neighbors said. They're fundraising to recreate that habitat with native trees.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Jefferson Park’s Community Pollinator Garden Gets OK To Begin Planting

Volunteers with the Jefferson Park Pollinator Garden will host a native plant lesson Saturday and a planting session Sunday.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

North Avenue Beach Lifeguards Say They’re ‘Overworked’ As Park District Partially Closes It To Move Guards To Pools

Beachgoers said they've noticed fewer lifeguards, bigger crowds and deteriorating conditions at North Avenue Beach.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Lakefront Trail Users Horrified As Cars Drive Onto Pedestrian And Bike Path To Avoid Traffic Jam

WATCH: Several people drove on the trail, where vehicles are not permitted. The incident shows a need for more trail protection from drivers, users say.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Is Your Pool Open This Summer? Check With Our Guide

Wondering if your neighborhood pool is open this summer? We put together a list of all 77 pools and their status.


Some Beaches To Close, Half Of City’s Pools To Open July 5 As Park District Shuffles Short-Staffed Lifeguards

Just 37 pools across the city will open on July 5, while some beaches will see closures as the Park District struggles with staffing lifeguards.


Rope Courses, Forest Maze, Climbing Wall And More Planned For Overhauled Park At Midway Plaisance’s East End

The green space around the Cheney-Goode Memorial must be renovated as a stand-in for Jackson Park land lost to the Obama Center. A public review of the plans is set to begin next month.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore
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