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  • Don't put the George Lucas museum on the lakefront

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel has no right to commit to the building of the George Lucas museum on lakefront Chicago Park District property. Former Mayor Richard M. Daley had his delusion of a children’s museum for Grant Park rejected. At one time Grant Park...
  • It ain't rock and roll without a Port-a-Potty

    Five dudes in an SUV on a Saturday night, heading to Chicago for a rock music extravaganza. As tunes from satellite radio filled the vehicle's interior, naturally the conversation turned to concerts. "Last one you attended?" I asked my companions while...
  • William Payne, 1910-2014

    William Payne, 1910-2014
    Reaching adulthood during the lean years of the Great Depression meant Mr. William Payne applied for any job he could. He was hired a traffic officer for the Chicago Park District, which led to a long career in law enforcement, culminating with a decade...
  • School drama rings true for Chicago Teachers Union president

    School drama rings true for Chicago Teachers Union president
    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...
  • Harsh winter delays trail opening until mid-2015

    Harsh winter delays trail opening until mid-2015
    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,...
  • San Francisco offers site near Bay Bridge for George Lucas museum

    San Francisco will offer “Star Wars” creator George Lucas a choice lot across a street from the Bay and near the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge for the home of the director’s planned cultural arts museum, should he choose his...
  • Northerly Island makeover well underway

    Northerly Island makeover well underway
    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...
  • Artists gather to reclaim Englewood parks during 'So Fresh Saturdays'

    Artists gather to reclaim Englewood parks during 'So Fresh Saturdays'
    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...
  • Park outdoor pools open Friday

    Park outdoor pools open Friday
    It may not be hot enough this weekend to jump into a pool to cool off, but just in case a heatwave strikes, you'll be able to dip your toes into any outdoor public pool beginning Friday. The Chicago Park District's 49 outdoor pools will open on June...
  • Tribune summer music guide

    Tribune summer music guide
    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...
  • Dandelions are a sign that lawns are pesticide-free

    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...