| Nov 26, 2013
| 3:05 PM
Rates for parking at North Avenue Beach, Belmont Harbor and other park district lots may go up.
The change in parking fees is part of the Chicago Park District's $425.6 million budget proposed for 2014.
While the district expects to save money due...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 6:02 PM
The Bears' flailing run defense could use a veteran Pro Bowl player such as linebacker Lance Briggs, but he remains sidelined after the estimated return date from his fractured left shoulder passed this week.
Briggs will not play Monday against the...
| Dec 5, 2013
City Hall unveiled a lesson of sorts Wednesday for Chicago teens looking for something productive to do after school: The "force" may still be with them even when clout isn't.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that "Star Wars" creator George Lucas has...
| 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...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 12:27 PM
Chicago Park District outdoor ice skating rinks are set to open on Friday. But it'll cost skaters to get on the ice this year.
This season, adults will be charged $3 for admission while it is free for children and students with a valid ID. Last year,...
| Nov 28, 2013
| 7:07 PM
What started as thick mud clogging the Fox River waterways is now freshly granulated soil that will soon cover the grounds of a Chicago park in a neighborhood desperate for green space.
As part of the state's Mud to Parks Program, 500 semitrucks carrying...
| Nov 29, 2013
Fred Schein walked briskly through the play lot and then to the edge of the sand, where a lone willow tree was silhouetted against the darkening blue of the lake and sky.
Schein was at Pratt Beach Park, one of Rogers Park's street-end beaches. By...
| Nov 7, 2013
Centenarian Claude Walton was modest about his selection as the 2013 Lombard Senior of the Year.
"I don't know that I did anything unusual," Walton said.
His wife, Darwin, said just reaching the age of 100 is quite an achievement.
But there was much...
| 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...
| Nov 3, 2013
| 2:38 PM
Chicago audiences have dipped their toes in various realms of aquatic theater before.
Think of director Mary Zimmerman's widely successful, Tony Award-winning stage adaptation of Ovid's "Metamorphoses," which originated in 1998 at Lookingglass Theatre...
| Nov 25, 2013
| 3:18 PM
This year, lakeside runners, bikers and dog walkers will have more than the waves of Lake Michigan and traffic on Lakeshore Drive to take in.
A bright red, 250-foot-long, 10-foot-tall sculpture rises, falls and wraps around trees along the lakefront...
| Nov 23, 2013
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 Friday.
Parks Superintendent Michael Kelly is recommending...