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  • Lucas museum: New hope for the lakefront or Darth Invader?

    Lucas museum: New hope for the lakefront or Darth Invader?
    Celebrity-starved Chicago is having so much fun with the museum that "Star Wars" creator George Lucas wants to build here that there is a danger of losing sight of some very basic issues: Will the museum enhance the city's lakefront or clutter it? Will...
  • City Hall looking for team to manage Riverwalk

    City Hall looking for team to manage Riverwalk
    City Hall is looking for a team to add more than 100,000 square feet of retail space along the city’s Riverwalk and generate enough money to help pay off the $99 million federal loan being used to extend the scenic walkway along the Chicago River....
  • Millennium Park full of surprises

     Millennium Park full of surprises
    Since Millennium Park opened on July 16, 2004, there have been lots of surprises. Most, but not all, of them have turned out to the advantage of the park and its visitors. Here are five examples: Bigger crowds: City officials originally expected the...
  • Dire straitjackets: Bad deals remind us to take the long view

     
    Consider these six deals: 1. In 2003, the Chicago Park District entered into a 20-year contract that exempted the new Park Grill restaurant in Millennium Park from property taxes and from paying for garbage pickup, water and gas. 2. In......
  • Lollapalooza hangover: Damage to park worse than last year, organizers say

    Lollapalooza hangover: Damage to park worse than last year, organizers say
    Grant Park had a serious hangover from Lollapalooza -- but it's been worse. Rain pounded music fans who danced in the muddy pits of Grant Park on Sunday, leaving the fields in worse shape than last year, organizers said. "Due to heavy rains on Sunday,...
  • It ain't rock and roll without a Port-a-Potty

    Five dudes in an SUV on a Saturday night, heading to Chicago for a rock music extravaganza. As tunes from satellite radio filled the vehicle's interior, naturally the conversation turned to concerts. "Last one you attended?" I asked my companions while...
  • Prosecutors say nearly 500 attended unauthorized concert at Montrose Beach

    Prosecutors say nearly 500 attended unauthorized concert at Montrose Beach
    Cook County prosecutors said today that nearly 500 people had gathered Sunday afternoon for an unauthorized concert at Montrose Beach that turned into a melee after police officers attempted to shut it down. Judge James Brown ordered two west suburban...
  • Preserves and parks offering memorial trees and benches — for a price

    Preserves and parks offering memorial trees and benches — for a price
    Nearly every day in the last years of his life, Casimir Paugys drove to Thatcher Woods Forest Preserve in River Forest, sat in his car, read the paper and enjoyed the placid pond and nature center there. He often remarked on his visits when talking to...
  • Bad deals remind us to take the long view

    Bad deals remind us to take the long view
    Consider these six deals: 1. In 2003, the Chicago Park District entered into a 20-year contract that exempted the new Park Grill restaurant in Millennium Park from property taxes and from paying for garbage pickup, water and gas. 2. In 2004, the...
  • Brendan Gleeson on playing a priest in 'Calvary'

    Brendan Gleeson on playing a priest in 'Calvary'
    When Brendan Gleeson was not quite 7, a Catholic boy growing up in Dublin, he had it all figured out. "One of the teachings was that you reached the age of reason at 7, I think. Something like that. Up till then you were still a child and you couldn't...
  • Close LSD for biker/racers

    I recently tried to go for a bike ride along the lake only to find the path obstructed by a race. This is a very common occurrence on summer weekends and begs the question, if the parks are supposed to be for all people, why are they really for special...
  • Lollapalooza organizers say mudbath damage 'more' than last year

    Lollapalooza organizers say mudbath damage 'more' than last year
    Scattered showers Sunday during the final day of Lollapalooza left fan-filled Grant Park wetter and muddier than in years past, organizers said.  But clean up won't be as extensive as it was after an epic 2011 rainstorm, said park advocate Bob O'Neill....