| Jun 17, 2014
| 5:40 PM
Work on transforming the southern 40 acres of Northerly Island into a six-ecosystem nature park is well underway, and the area is set to be partially open to the public this fall, officials said Tuesday.
“(People) can come out and expect to see...
| Jun 19, 2014
| 5:08 PM
The next set of Cook County property tax bills will show for the first time how much of each bill is going into controversial special taxing districts known as TIFs, county Clerk David Orr announced Thursday.
About 12 percent of county taxpayers own...
| Jun 20, 2014
| 4:15 AM
Winter's longer-than-usual grip on Chicago this year will postpone the opening of the 606, the 2.7-mile park and trail system that's being built atop an old elevated railway spur along Bloomingdale Avenue on the Northwest Side, until June 2015,...
| Jun 20, 2014
| 8:43 AM
Three former schoolteachers, with a combined 70-some years in the Chicago Public Schools, sat on folding chairs for a recent production of a play set in a fictional Chicago high school that is slated for closure. They were not the first, nor would they be...
| Jun 5, 2014
| 8:11 AM
Is there a word that promises fun more than "festival?" We know. "Chocolate" is right up there, but stop being a distraction. Summer music festivals are a Chicago sonic mainstay, in a city that seems to have gone fest crazy of late. It used to be that...
| Jun 6, 2014
| 6:02 AM
A collective of community-based poets, rappers, musicians, dancers and other artists will gather Saturday in Englewood to kick off a series of free outdoor festivals in the neighborhood, officials said.
“So Fresh Saturdays” is a series of...
| Jun 6, 2014
| 2:14 PM
Regarding the abundance of dandelions on public property, I thank the Chicago Park District for limiting the use of pesticides in parks and for educating the public about the issue. This is a benefit for kids and pets too.
I had dandelions on my lawn...
| Mar 5, 2014
| 5:43 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is in the very preliminary stages of looking at a 5,000-seat expansion of Soldier Field.
The mayor's office and Chicago Park District, which owns the stadium, are exploring the possibility as Chicago mulls a Super Bowl bid.
| Feb 20, 2014
| 5:17 AM
When Mayor Rahm Emanuel put together his first budget in 2011, he sent a not-so-subtle message to city workers who owed City Hall for parking tickets, water bills and other fees and fines: Pay up or you could be suspended or fired.
"I am creating a...
| Feb 21, 2014
| 2:08 PM
Downers Grove Park District leaders plan to apply for a state grant that they would use to make major repairs to its downtown community center.
Officials said they will seek $1 million from the Park and Recreational Facility Construction (PARC) grant...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 11:11 AM
Although it feels as if Chicago will be trapped under a polar icecap at least until the Bears head off to summer training camp, the promise that this, too, shall pass is underscored by the season announcements of the area’s two major summer music...