December 17, 2013 |
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...
December 10, 2013 |
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...
September 10, 2013 |
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...
August 27, 2013 |
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.
August 14, 2013 |
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.
August 13, 2013 |
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...