• Art in the Parks: How to Install a Giant Flower

    Just South of Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park some very special flowers are in bloom. Out of the middle of a bed of boxwood and lavender two stems of perfect white orchids with bright yellow centers stand tall. Very tall. Like, thirty feet tall! These steel and aluminum giants are artist Isa Genzken’s Two Orchids. […]

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  • 1st Annual Windy City Adaptive Golf Open at Jackson Park

    Last Friday brought the Chicago Park District’s first annual Windy City Adaptive Golf Open to Jackson Park in partnership with the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, the Chicago Parks Golf Alliance, and the Chicago Parks Foundation. This was the first-ever adaptive golf tournament to be held at a Chicago Park District golf course, aiming to shine a […]

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  • Skinner Park’s Community Roots Demo Garden Wraps Second Season

    We’ve had a bountiful summer season here in Chicago, and there’s been plenty “growing on” at Skinner Park’s Community Roots Demonstration & Community Garden. Wrapping up its second full season of programming, Community Roots is a unique hybrid growing and learning space on the Near West Side at Skinner Park, adjacent to Skinner West Elementary […]

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  • Looking Back: “Saturday in the Park”

    Summer may be nearing its official end, but the Chicago Parks Foundation sure had a fun-filled season! One of our favorite new partnerships was with Chicago-based, women-owned cleaning products company, Jelmar, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its popular product, Tarn-X Tarnish Remover.  Coincidentally, this summer also marked Chicago the Band‘s 50th anniversary. On June 24th, […]

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  • Public Art in the Parks: Swim, Bike & See Some Art, Too!

    In this month’s “Art in the Parks” spotlight, we’ll take a closer look at a few lakefront and downtown public art pieces and share a sneak peek of our upcoming installations! Brought to us by Tess Landon, Special Project Assistant with the Chicago Park District’s Department of Cultural & Natural Resources   THE LAKEFRONT is one […]

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  • Team ChiParks Member Spotlight: Alyssa Mathias

    Team ChiParks Runner Alyssa Mathias shares “Why I Run for the Parks” “Chicago parks are Chicago treasures, and I’m proud to support them.” A few years ago I was hospitalized with a pulmonary embolism, and the doctors said it was imperative that I start exercising regularly. Well, a 5k turned into a 10k (and so […]

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  • Bench Dedication: Remembering Antonia Lozano

    The Chicago Parks Foundation offers a personalized bench dedication program to honor loved ones, celebrated community figures, and lifelong park lovers. Make your mark in a Chicago park by dedicating a bench! Antonia (Toña) Lozano’s favorite place in Chicago was the lake. She lived in Chicago for over 10 years, and constantly told her 6 children […]

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  • Public Art in the Historic Jens Jensen Formal Garden

    Join the Jensen Formal Garden Working Group tonight Wednesday, July 19th from 6-8 PM at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture for an artist talk and reception celebrating the public art activation of the Jensen Formal Garden! Learn more about the event here. In 1908, the Humboldt Park Formal Garden opened to the public. […]

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  • Chicago Park District Cultural Centers: Creative Hubs of the Community

    [photo: Janet Austin, Mr. Big Beetle Finds His Way, Indian Boundary Park] The Chicago Park District has 15 Cultural Centers geographically distributed throughout the city that serve as creative hubs for their communities. Each Cultural Center provides a wide range of offerings for patrons of all ages, including arts partnerships, after schools arts programming, art camps, […]

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  • 1,200 Volunteers, 43 Parks: It’s Your Park Day 2017

    Over 1,200 people across Chicago participated in It’s Your Park Day 2017. Volunteers participated in mulching trees, trash clean up, and gardening. Some Park Advisory Councils (PACs) hosted concerts, community bike rides, and barbecues. Chicago’s diverse communities make our city unique. It’s Your Park Day 2017 was a chance for people to gather and celebrate […]

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