Here are 10 major events that will make 2015 a legendary year in Chicago's history.
Massive steel arches were installed late Sunday over the Bloomingdale Trail bridge, where the 2.7-mile elevated path crosses Milwaukee Avenue on the border of Wicker Park and Bucktown. Scheduled to open next summer, the Bloomingdale Trail will serve as the centerpiece of a larger system with six ground-level parks known as The 606.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers said yesterday they are dedicated to ensuring the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program is fully funded in the state’s next budget
Last week there was a ribbon cutting for a redeveloped schoolyard at Sussex Avenue Renew School—previously an unimproved asphalt area. The space now features an outdoor classroom, two playgrounds (one for early childhood classes and another for ages 5 to 12), a water play spray feature for the summer months, and numerous green features that help make the neighborhood more sustainable.
More than two dozen NGOs including conservation and outdoor recreation organizations announced their endorsement today for the Urban Water Federal Partnership, a collaboration of 14 federal agencies that aims to boost local economies and create jobs by restoring waterways and their surrounding communities.
What was once a barren blacktop schoolyard in Newark is now a brand-new colorful play area financed in large part by the contributions of agencies and individuals in the Greater MetroWest Jewish community.
The Ebenezer Creek site of a frantic and tragic moment of Civil War history has been protected as a new public park. On December 9, 1864 hundreds of freed slave refugees died trying to cross Ebenezer Creek to avoid confederate troops pursuing General William Tecumseh Sherman during the union Army’s “March to the Sea.” Public outcry over the deaths led President Abraham Lincoln to approve Sherman’s Special Field Orders No. 15 that were intended to redistribute to former slaves 400,000 acres of confiscated coastal property in 40-acre tracts. The order was revoked by President Andrew Johnson following Lincoln’s death.
A few years ago, 6 year-old Maddy McCuin made an appeal to the owners of The Preserve to let her buy the property. Since infancy, Miss McCuin had hiked the woods with her parents. In 2011, as her mom Suellen Kozey McCuin was leaving their house for a meeting to decide the fate of the forest, Maddy backed up her request to purchase the property with $5.63-her total piggy bank savings at the time. Although it would take several more years, and millions more dollars, her vision of protecting The Preserve is coming to fruition.
A festive ribbon-cutting celebration was held today for a new playground at Sussex Avenue Renew School, created through a unique partnership among The Trust for Public Land, Newark's Congregation Ahavas Sholom, and Newark Public Schools.
Newark mayor Ras Baraka, superintendent Cami Anderson, and U.S. Sen. Cory Booker welcomed today a redeveloped schoolyard at Sussex Avenue Renew School. the Newark officials — who have sometimes disagreed over education policy — said the new facility was just the latest development in long-term plan in the city to improve its outdoor places.