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Hamlin Park Neighbors Put Crime in The Past and Build Future

By Geoff Dankert

After a brief spate of gang-related crime in 2011 and 2012, Hamlin Park area residents are concentrating on making their neighborhood the next great place to live with plans for park improvements and lots of new construction homes.

Where To Get Your Christmas Tree Mulched

By Sam Charles

With Christmas in the rear view mirror, the tree taking up space in the living room will soon need to make its way out. The Chicago Park District and the city’s Department of Streets and Sanitation, as well as a separate effort by the Chicago Cubs, will allow residents to mulch their now-useless Christmas tree, Read the Rest…

Despite Prior Objections, Riverfront Developments On Track

By Sam Charles

Within the next two years, despite community opposition, two additions to the Chicago Riverfront near Roscoe Village will be completed with the hope of garnering more attention for the body of water so frequently subjected to playing second fiddle to Lake Michigan. The Clark Park Boathouse and Kerry Wood Cubs Field, scheduled to complete construction in Read the Rest…

Horner Park Advisory Council Struggles With Park District Planning

By Sam Charles

Besides revisiting plans for a potential enclosed dog park at last Monday evening’s meeting, the Horner Park Advisory Council addressed a variety of plans for its immediate future while keeping a close eye on its current endeavors. The Council’s current finances, a newly redesigned website and a discrepancy with the Chicago Park District’s tree-planting procedures Read the Rest…

Advisory Group: Horner Park Dog Park Still Years Away

By Mike Fourcher

A planned dog area on the south end of Horner Park would be one of Chicago’s largest, but whether or not it will ever be completed is an open question, say leaders of the Horner Park Advisory Council. “We’re so early in the process,” said advisory council dog park committee chair Erica Beuter, “There’s a lot Read the Rest…

Hamlin Park Residents Focus on the Positive at HPAC Meeting

By Patty Wetli

Tuesday’s pre-dawn shootout between police and offenders in the 2200 block of W. Barry left Julie Balzarini shaken.”The shell casings were on the street right in front of my house,” she said. “My daughter’s bedroom is on that side of the house.” After an initial freak-out, Balzarini collected herself. “I said, ‘I’m going to the Read the Rest…

On Your Mark, Get Set, Click: Online Registration for Fall Park District Programs Begins Next Week

By Patty Wetli

Is “debacle” too strong a word to describe what happened with the Chicago Park District’s online registration system last spring? Ask CPD’s web vendor, which was told to re-engineer software to better process a rush of reservations — you know, the sort of influx caused when too many people are in a panic to be Read the Rest…

What’s on Your Park District Wish List for Fall? How About Improved Online Registration

By Patty Wetli

Is “debacle” too strong a word to describe what happened with the Chicago Park District’s online registration system last spring? Ask CPD’s web vendor, which was told to re-engineer software to better process a rush of reservations — you know, the sort of influx caused when too many people are in a panic to be Read the Rest…

Hamlin Park Makes Bid for New Playground at Park District Budget Meeting

By Patty Wetli

Hamlin Park (3052 N. Hoyne Ave.) has a great pool, great ball fields and great programming. What it doesn’t have is a great playground, a situation the Hamlin Park Advisory Council aims to remedy. Having already raised $15,000 toward a renovation, the group’s president, Jody Boutell, made a pitch to the Chicago Park District to Read the Rest…

Lakeview’s New School Street Park on Schedule for 2013 Opening

By Jason Kreke

As early as fall 2013, residents of West Lakeview could be celebrating the opening of the much-anticipated School Street Park, 1230 W. School St., Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) said at a meeting Wednesday night. About 20 residents attended the forum, held at Shiel Park fieldhouse (3505 N. Southport Ave.), to view initial designs of the Read the Rest…

Clark Park Loses Battle Over Boathouse, May Still Come out a Winner

By Patty Wetli

Bill Donahue, president of the Clark Park Advisory Council, knows a done deal when he sees one. It looks like a giant chain link construction fence, proof positive that the city is in no way rethinking its plans to locate a super-sized boat house along the Chicago River at Clark Park (3400 N. Rockwell), despite Read the Rest…

School’s Out, Pools Are Open, Or Not

By Patty Wetli

From the looks of it, this summer’s going to be a scorcher; temps next week are expected to near 100 degrees. Among the best ways to cool off: matinees at The Davis, popsicles from the ubiquitous ice cream cart peddlers and outdoor pools at neighborhood parks. But residents looking forward to June 15 as the Read the Rest…

Chicago Shakespeare Theater to Bring ‘Shrew’ to Welles Park

By Patty Wetli

Shakespeare as the Bard himself intended: presented outdoors for the masses. Better yet, as Will most certainly did not intend, the show is free. Courtesy of a grant from Boeing, the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater will mount a traveling production of The Taming of the Shrew across the city this summer, Read the Rest…

Welles Park Community Dedicates Playground to Former Supervisor George Poulos

By Patty Wetli

Welles Park (2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.) wasn’t always Welles Park, point of pride for the Lincoln Square neighborhood. For that, it owes a debt to George Poulos, park supervisor from 1973 to 1990, credited with creating the programming and spirited environment that saw the park blossom under his tenure. Last Saturday, the Welles Park community Read the Rest…

City Council OKs $1 Million in TIF Dollars for Clark Park’s Controversial Boat House

By Patty Wetli

Clark Park, 3400 N. Rockwell St., is getting its boat house, whether park users want one or not. During Wednesday’s session, City Council approved $1 million in TIF dollars toward construction of the boat house along the Chicago River, with the money being funneled to the Park District via the Department of Housing and Economic Read the Rest…

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