Chicago Park District hosts public meetings regarding future of North Grant Park

The Chicago Park District is hosting city-wide public meetings regarding the future of North Grant Park.  All meetings are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and will be hosted at the following locations and dates:

– Monday, May 24 at Spertus Institute, 610 S. Michigan Ave.
– Wednesday, May 26 at South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. Shore Dr.
– Wednesday, June 9 at Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway Ave.
– Thursday, June 10 at Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave.

More information after the jump or link to the full press release here.

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North Grant Park Renovation Project

The Chicago Park District, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates and Grant Park Conservancy/Advisory Council will present revised plans for North Grant Park/Daley Bicentennial Plaza. The project scope will be Daley Bicentennial Plaza from Columbus to the Cancer Survivors Garden (not including it) and Monroe to Randolph.

This is an exciting plan and we want to hear your input.

Also, Columbia College Chicago is planning a new facade for its 618 S. Michigan Building (the old Spertus). The plan is to create a modern curtain wall with a frit (ceramic) applied material to the glass to create a “shadow” of the original, historic facade. Frit was used on the glass at the new Spertus. It also helps protect birds from crashing into the glass as it creates an opaque application in areas. Columbia’s idea of using frit to create a shadow of the destroyed historic facade in the new modern curtain wall has not been done before. It is an innovative way of creating a modern facade and, at the same time, respecting the past yet not recreating it as the facade was destroyed. The plan will be presented. 

Thank you for your interest and participation!

Press on North Grant Park

A roll call of recent media attention surrounding the park’s redesign.

Chicago Journal

NBC Chicago

Curbed Chicago


Chicago Business

Open House 12/7/2011

The Chicago Park District and the Grant Park Conservancy and
Advisory Council will host a community meeting regarding
renovations to North Grant Park (Daley Bicentennial Plaza).
Design concept and ideas will be discussed. Please join us!

December 7th, 2011
6:00 to 8:00 pm
The Fairmont Hotel

There will be a 5 minute presentations from MVVA and CPD every half hour.


6:00 – Open house begins

Come to see a presentation and a short Q&A; at your convenience. We hope to see you there!

A continuing conversation

We received many questions and comments from our previous meeting, and will be keeping them in mind as we move forward with the plan for North Grant Park. In the interest of keeping things on the table, here are some of your concerns we’ll be focusing on. If you have any other thoughts, please post them in the feedback section of the website. We hope to see you at the next public meeting on January 25th

An Interview with Michael Van Valkenburgh

The Guggenheim Lab|Log interviews Michael Van Valkenburgh about the experiential qualities of landscape, the city grid in relation to parks and the role that landscape architects can play in the emotional well being of a city.