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The best dog parks in Chicago

Find places with grass, off-leash beaches, and small dog runs.

Would you visit a park on top of the Kennedy Expressway?

The long-discussed project could use West Loop TIF funds, according to Alderman Burnett.

Douglas Park minigolf course redesign exposes West Side teens to architecture

Interactive models of the course are on display at the Space p11 gallery in the Chicago pedway.

Floating trees and trails will transform North Branch canal into Chicago’s newest eco-park

The project gets more than a million dollars in new funding.

Unwrapping the 106-year history of Chicago’s Christmas tree lighting tradition

Surprising facts about the urban holiday celebration.

New riverwalk and renovated apartments open at historic Lathrop Homes

There’s a circular dog run, winding river path, and bright units.

Uptown’s Clarendon Park Community Center is getting a $14.8M makeover

The project will spare the 103-year-old building from the wrecking ball.

Chicago Air and Water Show 2019: Schedule, where to watch, transit tips

Here’s what you need to know

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8 transit-accessible hikes around Chicago

Explore prairies, woodlands, rivers, and lagoons

Streeterville’s new Bennett Park officially opens

The two-acre green space includes a playground, two dog runs, a shaded grove, and sheltered "lawn bowl."

New riverfront park sports amphitheater of reclaimed limestone

The blocks come from the reclaimed foundations of Grand Central Station.

Delight in these award-winning bungalow gardens

New and long-time bungalow owners showcased their best garden work

Northerly Island crumbling path to get fixed after years of erosion

Part of the looped walking trail will be shortened

Humboldt Park alligator caught after evading capture for a week

Chicagoans named the gator Chance the Snapper

New soccer fields signal arrival of Lincoln Yards

"Fleet Fields" will open later this month, according to Alderman Hopkins.

Humboldt Park alligator spotted in lagoon and a rescue is underway

The reptile was spotted twice in the lagoon on Tuesday and there’s a plan in place for a safe capture.

A first peek at Bennett Park, coming soon to Streeterville

Its architect designed Chicago’s Maggie Daley Park and The 606.

New riverwalk takes shape along the south branch of the Chicago River

The privately maintained pathway is part of the Southbank development.

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15 places to enjoy summer outside with friends and family

Celebrate the warm weather, fly kites, or see an outdoor concert.

9 best things to do in Chicago parks for free

There are thousands of events this summer like movies in the park, outdoor workouts, and nature walks.

Most Chicagoans live 10 minutes from a park, but there’s room for improvement

More than 63,300 residents lack basic park accessibility, according to a recent report.

A closer look at the new ‘Riverwalk East’

The $12 million project is open, but still needs some finishing touches.

Chicago’s cherry blossom trees could finally bloom in a few days

So far, the cold and snowy spring has made it hard to predict the full bloom of the 160 trees in Jackson Park.

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10 best beaches along the Chicago lakefront

Chicago’s lakefront beaches are open from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Chicago parks will bring 1,200 free summer events to every neighborhood

Night Out in the Parks will have movies, dancing, concerts, theater, and circus.

‘Hamilton’ exhibition breaks ground at Northerly Island

The immersive, 27,000-square-foot exhibit will open on Chicago’s lakefront next spring.

Relive snow-swept 1920’s Chicago in these 10 photos

Will the city ever see this much snow again?

South Side will get its first city-run dog parks

Dog owners will have three new places for their pups

Park District plans new headquarters in Brighton Park

The 17-acre complex would bring jobs and recreational amenities to the city’s Southwest Side.

New track and field facility heads to Pullman’s Gately Park

The South Side complex would be the city’s indoor running and training facility.

Work begins on Maplewood Park’s new fieldhouse

Big changes are headed to the one-acre community park near the boarder of Logan Square and Humboldt Park.

Midnight Circus brings world-class acts to Chicago parks for a decade

Some performers have come from Cirque du Soleil

Can you go to a dog park without a dog?


Despite last year’s issues, Pokémon Go Fest is coming back to Chicago in July

The outdoor event will return after a rough 2017 debut.

Chicago’s Northerly Island to debut traveling ‘Hamilton’ exhibition

The 27,000-square-foot temporarily structure will open November 17 and offer free admission to CPS students.

Light rail and dedicated park space in discussion for changing North Branch corridor

The future of the evolving industrial district is taking shape.

Next phase of mayor’s park plan features big ideas for Chicago River

The ‘Building on Burnham’ plan will focus on citywide park improvements and accessibility

Lakeview opens search for artists to energize public spaces

There’s an open call for muralists, sculptors, performance artists, dancers, and musicians

Which Chicago park should get a $20,000 grant?

Vote on three projects for NRPA’s Meet Me at the Park campaign