| 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 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...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 7:00 AM
When he was young, John Rivera used to think Santa Claus took up permanent residence in downtown Chicago, not at the North Pole.
“That’s what it felt like,” says Rivera, 47. “I’d see Santa on TV and at Marshall Field’...
| 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...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 12:48 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel left himself some wiggle room on trying again to privatize Midway Airport to raise money, saying today he was giving up the idea for "the foreseeable future" after recently halting the process of accepting bids to lease it.
| Nov 22, 2013
| 4:10 PM
The Chicago Park District plans to raise property taxes as part of a 2014 budget that would add swimming classes, summer Night Out in the Park events and sports programs, the agency announced late Friday.
Parks Superintendent Michael Kelly is...
| Oct 22, 2013
Mayor Rahm Emanuel was on hand when an organization of female business executives paid tribute last year to his financial guru, Lois Scott, for her pioneering role in helping cash-strapped governments solve their problems.
Many in the room shared an...
| Jan 12, 2014
The year is 1955. At a Friday night dance in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood, 14-year-old Art ("Sandy" to his friends) Frisch summoned the courage to ask 15-year-old Lois Statt to dance.
What followed was six years of group dates with their...
| Dec 4, 2013
| 12:55 PM
"Star Wars" creator George Lucas was on hand to Wednesday to announce a $25 million contribution he and wife Mellody Hobson are making to After School Matters, a children’s program originally launched by the late Maggie Daley.
The money will mainly...
| Dec 27, 2013
| 6:49 AM
Arctic Splash Indoor Aquatic Center
The Wheeling Park District’s winter-themed splash park only looks chilly: A zero-depth leisure pool, toddler slide, interactive water play structures and mini lazy river will keep little polar bears coming...
| Nov 6, 2013
Maybe you've seen the signs reading "Burnham Centennial Prairie/Native Prairie Planting in Process" along South Lake Shore Drive or the lakefront path.
Maybe you've wondered about the grassy plants growing on the east side of the drive, or the trees...