| 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...
| Feb 13, 2014
| 5:31 AM
Several dozen mature trees in Lincoln Park revered by some as the seasonal nesting site of a species of heron will be cut down during the next two years because of disease and other problems, Chicago Park District officials said Wednesday.
| May 13, 2014
| 7:34 AM
Don't mind the dandelions, the Chicago Park District is telling residents this spring.
It's all part of the plan: officials say the yellow-bloomed weeds show a neighborhood park is free of chemicals.
Chicago is touting its fifth year of working with...
| Apr 27, 2014
| 4:20 PM
A South Austin man was ordered held on $750,000 bail Sunday after prosecutors say he struck and killed a man with his vehicle Saturday.
Darrell Cooper, 41, of the first block of North Lorel Avenue, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 20-...
| May 2, 2014
| 3:09 PM
She was a pioneering major league baseball executive, responsible for a series of groundbreaking innovations during her nearly 40 years as an employee with the Chicago Cubs.
Now, more than 50 years after her retirement, and more than 35 years after...
| Apr 18, 2014
| 3:01 PM
So long, sandboxes. Monkey bars? They can keep hanging around — if they’re the twisty, turny, modern kind.
In the next several months, Chicago residents will be invited to choose from the latest in playground equipment as the city...
| Apr 7, 2014
| 9:00 PM
Registration for the Chicago Park District's popular summer programs began Monday, and by 2 p.m., 6,887 people had enrolled, topping the number who registered on the entire first day last year by 8 percent, according to Park District spokeswoman Jessica...
| Apr 10, 2014
| 5:56 AM
Billionaire "Star Wars" creator George Lucas, who wants to establish a major museum to house his significant art and movie memorabilia collection, is considering Chicago as the location after plans for his $300 million Lucas Cultural Arts Museum stalled...
| Mar 25, 2014
| 1:00 PM
The City of Chicago and Google have partnered to bring free wireless service to Garfield Park and the South Shore Cultural Center, officials said.
The service is now available at both locations and is planned to help thousands of people get online,...