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August 13, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Travelers get rewarded with miles they can use on future flights. Shoppers earn reward points when they buy makeup, shoes and beer. And they can save money when they use their rewards cards at grocery stores. Now, the Chicago Park District on Tuesday announced it is introducing its own Park Points loyalty rewards program. Chicagoans can link up their social media accounts and collect points they can later use to bid on city experiences and excursions. So far, 11 items are up for auction online . For example, the starting bid is 300 points for a two-hour Fireworks...
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March 24, 2014 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Forget business attire. Ditch the cubicle. Get paid more than minimum wage. Sound appealing? This job allows shorts in its dress code, comes with a lakefront view and pays $13.38 an hour. But applicants have to be physically fit and know how to administer first aid and CPR because lifeguards have to be ready at a moment's notice to run into the lake and help somebody. The Chicago Park District is looking for 800 summer lifeguards to man the city's beaches and pools from June 13 through Sept.
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December 17, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Been indulging in all the treats around the office and want to shed a few pounds after the holidays? The good news is it's easy to do so without an expensive gym membership. The Chicago Park District is bringing back its free fitness week from Jan. 2 through Jan. 12. That's when Chicagoans can work out for free at any of the Park District's 71 fitness centers and run on the treadmill, take yoga classes or swim laps in the pool. "We hope to inspire Chicagoans to get active," Chicago Park District General Superintendent and CEO Mike Kelly said in a news...
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January 9, 2014 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
The popular Movies in the Parks summer event could be adding some local talent to the lineup of movie screenings. The Chicago Park District announced Thursday it will include up to 10 features, documentaries or shorts that focus on Chicago in its Movies in the Parks series. Filmmakers can submit their work for the Chicago On Screen initiative by Feb. 28 to be evaluated by a selection panel. Submissions must be the person's original work, produced in the past three years, and have a "demonstrable and significant connection to Chicago or its neighborhoods and...
NEWS
June 24, 2013 | Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Need to cool off from this summer heat? Jump into any of the Chicago Park District pools now open. It's free to use any of the 26 indoor and 50 outdoor pools. The pools are open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. unless otherwise posted until Labor Day.   To find the nearest pool, click here . Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page . 
NEWS
May 8, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Beach season is almost here. Chicago's beaches will be open May 24 through Sept. 3 and this year, the Chicago Park District is setting up a new beach website with an interactive map of its beaches. It will include swimming advisories and bans, as well as updated weather data. For the first time, lifeguards will have access to computers in their stations so they can update the current conditions in real time, district officials said Wednesday. The website will go live May 15. Want more?
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August 14, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
The Chicago Park District board of commissioners on Wednesday will consider awarding a $42.5 million contract to Walsh Construction Company for the second phase of the Maggie Daley Park. The 20-acre park, which encompasses the Daley Bicentennial Plaza, Cancer Survivors Garden and Peanut Park, sits over the underground parking garage at North Grant Park bordered by Randolph Street and Lake Shore, Columbus and Monroe drives. The first phase included repairing the roof of the garage and replacing the waterproofing system.
NEWS
September 10, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
The summer heat still lingers as the Chicago Park District puts its attention to winter ice rinks. The board of commissioners on Wednesday is expected to consider awarding a $198,000 two-year contract to Rink Management Services Corporation for the management and operation of the park district's six outdoor ice rinks. The company, based in Mechanicsville, Va., proposed providing up to 300 pairs of ice skates at no cost to accommodate more skaters at the rinks, selling ads on hockey boards and including broomball and sled hockey among...
NEWS
January 9, 2014 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
The popular Movies in the Parks summer event could be adding some local talent to the lineup of movie screenings. The Chicago Park District announced Thursday it will include up to 10 features, documentaries or shorts that focus on Chicago in its Movies in the Parks series. Filmmakers can submit their work for the Chicago On Screen initiative by Feb. 28 to be evaluated by a selection panel. Submissions must be the person's original work, produced in the past three years, and have a "demonstrable and significant...
NEWS
March 24, 2014 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Forget business attire. Ditch the cubicle. Get paid more than minimum wage. Sound appealing? This job allows shorts in its dress code, comes with a lakefront view and pays $13.38 an hour. But applicants have to be physically fit and know how to administer first aid and CPR because lifeguards have to be ready at a moment's notice to run into the lake and help somebody. The Chicago Park District is looking for 800 summer lifeguards to man the city's beaches and pools from June 13 through Sept.
NEWS
December 17, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Been indulging in all the treats around the office and want to shed a few pounds after the holidays? The good news is it's easy to do so without an expensive gym membership. The Chicago Park District is bringing back its free fitness week from Jan. 2 through Jan. 12. That's when Chicagoans can work out for free at any of the Park District's 71 fitness centers and run on the treadmill, take yoga classes or swim laps in the pool. "We hope to inspire Chicagoans to get active," Chicago Park District General Superintendent and CEO Mike Kelly said in a news...
NEWS
December 10, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
The price to enter the Field Museum may go up for visitors who don't live in the city. The Chicago Park District board of commissioners on Wednesday will consider authorizing an increase to the general admission fee and special passes for the Field Museum, which sits on park district property. However, there will be no increase for Chicago residents who receive a discount with proof of residency. If approved, the increase would go into effect Jan. 1. Earlier this year, the park district raised admission fees for the Art Institute and the...
NEWS
September 10, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
The summer heat still lingers as the Chicago Park District puts its attention to winter ice rinks. The board of commissioners on Wednesday is expected to consider awarding a $198,000 two-year contract to Rink Management Services Corporation for the management and operation of the park district's six outdoor ice rinks. The company, based in Mechanicsville, Va., proposed providing up to 300 pairs of ice skates at no cost to accommodate more skaters at the rinks, selling ads on hockey boards and including broomball and sled hockey among its...
NEWS
August 27, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Lebster Pabon traded his skateboard for a bicycle his senior year of high school so he could ride to work. He ended up getting really into bikes and BMX riding. But as bike-friendly as Chicago is with bike lanes, signals, and bike-sharing, there is no dedicated city public bike park that solely accommodates BMX riders. That's why Pabon, 26, a youth cycling instructor at West Town Bikes, has asked the Chicago Park District to include a bike park at the proposed expanded area of Walsh Park at the eastern end of the Bloomingdale Trail.
NEWS
August 14, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
The Chicago Park District board of commissioners on Wednesday will consider awarding a $42.5 million contract to Walsh Construction Company for the second phase of the Maggie Daley Park. The 20-acre park, which encompasses the Daley Bicentennial Plaza, Cancer Survivors Garden and Peanut Park, sits over the underground parking garage at North Grant Park bordered by Randolph Street and Lake Shore, Columbus and Monroe drives. The first phase included repairing the roof of the garage and replacing the waterproofing system.
NEWS
August 13, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Travelers get rewarded with miles they can use on future flights. Shoppers earn reward points when they buy makeup, shoes and beer. And they can save money when they use their rewards cards at grocery stores. Now, the Chicago Park District on Tuesday announced it is introducing its own Park Points loyalty rewards program. Chicagoans can link up their social media accounts and collect points they can later use to bid on city experiences and excursions. So far, 11 items are up for auction online . For example, the...
ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
Oh, you thought Lollapalooza was a strange festival name? Prepare for Great GoogaMooga. The hybrid food and music festival, which debuted last year in Brooklyn's Prospect Park, is in talks with the City of Chicago to bring a version of its weekend-long festival to Montrose Beach. While Superfly, the entertainment company that produces Brooklyn's GoogaMooga, "cannot confirm" a Chicago offshoot, the Park District said it is in talks with organizers. Chicago Park District permit records show that Jam Entertainment, the company that orchestrates Beer Hoptacular, has applied...
NEWS
May 7, 2013 | By JoVona Taylor and RedEye
Giordano's has officially joined the food truck frenzy. Known for its deep-dish pizza (and spokesman Derrick Rose of the Bulls), Giordano's announced it will be previewing its first-ever food truck by Memorial Day weekend. The 28-foot-long, 12.5-foot-wide truck will be equipped with state-of-the-art conventional ovens and refrigerators, which hold up to 400 pizzas, according to Jessica Wenson, Giordano's manager of media and community affairs. Although the menu will be simplified, offering only personal-size stuffed pizzas in four options--cheese, pepperoni,...
NEWS
August 6, 2013 | By Julia Borcherts, @JuliaBorcherts and For RedEye
When Write Club founder Ian Belknap was offered the opportunity to curate and host the free Live Lit on the Lake series as part of Chicago Park District's Theater on the Lake program, he immediately set three criteria: to balance the approach with both narrative-focused arts and essay, to represent the diversity of gender and cultural perspectives in Chicago's live lit scene and above all, to showcase the highest caliber writer-performers he's observed...
NEWS
July 23, 2013 | By JoVona Taylor and RedEye
Call it the Chicago tea party. Argo Tea invites Chicagoans to Connors Park in the Gold Coast on Tuesday to help celebrate its 10th anniversary and debut of its new greenhouse-inspired café. The event features a number of activities including free tai chi lessons and live music from Grammy-nominated singer Carolyn Malachi. Visitors also get a first-look at Argo Tea's greenhouse café, located in Connors Park. Built with recyclable wood and utilizing wind power, the cafe features sustainable elements...
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