Maggie Daley Park will transform the sites of Daley Bicentennial Plaza into a single continuous public landscape that will operate at a variety of scales, serve a growing residential community, and join Millennium Park as a new international destination on the Chicago lakefront.
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The Park Pre-Construction
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Several factors have combined to provide a rare opportunity to reinvigorate the 20 acres of land along the northern edge of Grant Park:
The East Monroe Street Parking Garage, which supports Daley Bicentennial Plaza, is in need of extensive renovations to improve its waterproofing system. The repairs will require the entire plaza to be removed;
The BP Bridge has given park-goers both a new way and a new reason to walk from Millennium Park to Daley Bicentennial Plaza; and
The emerging Lakeshore East neighborhoods have given the site a brand new local constituency, expanding the park’s role and purpose.
Maggie Daley Park will work in concert with these initiatives to create a new world-class public landscape at a keystone location in the city. (Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain, Museum Campus, the Art Institute of Chicago and Navy Pier are all within a short walk).
Currently, the Maggie Daley Park site is comprised of three discrete landscapes, each with their own character. These three individual areas will be redesigned as a cohesive, continuous park that serves as a destination in its own right while also creating strong, universally accessible landscape connections on both the north-south and east-west axes.
The primary goal of the creation of Maggie Daley Park is to develop park uses and landscape experiences that reflect the evolving open space needs of downtown Chicago. By establishing a network of park space that varies in scale and purpose, and that includes innovative play space, Maggie Daley Park will establish a distinctive presence that will significantly broaden the appeal and usefulness of Grant Park as a whole.