| 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...
| 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...
| Dec 15, 2013
Read the newspapers and you can conclude that Chicago's children are, as a group, vulnerable waifs in need of rescue. And many are: Horrific sagas of child abuse deaths, pint-sized shooting victims and astonishing parental neglect intensify the impression...
| Mar 6, 2014
| 4:09 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s idea of expanding Soldier Field was met with questions Wednesday about how the city would pay for added seats and whether it’s a prudent move given the city’s shaky finances.
The administration’s stadium...
| 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.
| Jan 29, 2014
| 5:44 AM
The much-discussed government worker pension debt in Chicago now has a price tag: $18,596 for every man, woman and child living in the city.
That per-person figure is the highest among the nation’s 25 largest cities. It’s nearly double that...
| 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 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...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 7:38 AM
The Actors' Equity union has a new leader for its Chicago office, which covers the middle third of America.
Sean Taylor, a former assistant attorney general for the State of Illinois and an attorney for the Chicago Park District, is the Central regional...
| 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...
| 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...