Parks

WickerICE returning and looking for volunteers into 2020

Date: 
12/06/2019
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It is about to begin againWickerICE. The blend of nostalgia…quiet, mellow gliding along the ice, childhood challenges…strengthening of ankles and attempts at figure eights and spins, along with the fiery competition with flying pucks and sticks.

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Historic visit: four generations of Smith Park's namesake

Date: 
10/18/2019
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For many people involved with Smith Park, 2526 West Grand Ave., history came alive with a unique visit from four generations of Smiths. 

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Mayor Lightfoot's visit to Smith Park included a baseball game

Date: 
09/24/2019
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With the sun shining brightly, Chicago's Mayor Lori Lightfoot stopped at Smith Park and took in some baseball after a tour of the active park at 2526 W. Grand Ave., 

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Humboldt Park staffer embraces gator: others continue searching

Date: 
07/11/2019
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In the Humboldt Park Field House, Nellie Roman, the Park's Instructor, gives a big hug to this look-a-like gator as hundreds of children play with much energy and gusto in the many summer programs provided by the Chicago Park District. 

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Baseball season opened in Smith Park with traditional parade

Date: 
06/09/2019
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Once again the Smith Park Baseball Season started with toots from a fire engine and an occasion wail of a police siren as officials from different government agencies, residents, parents and young people paraded "around the block" that encompasses Smith Park,

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Earth Day Neighborhood Cleanups: some postponed others not

Date: 
04/27/2019
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Mother Nature has stepped in to change some neighborhood cleanup efforts on Saturday. Not only is rain being forecast but so is up to four inches of snow! 

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Join your neighbors in Wicker Park for the 2019 Wicker Mulch & Dog Park Cleaning Day

Date: 
04/05/2019
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Celebrating Earth Day in Wicker Park is a chance to see neighbors and meet new people while giving back to your community on

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WickerICE brings more than joy and accomplishment to Wicker Park's 4.3 acres

Date: 
03/15/2019
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As the ice was beginning to soften last Saturday morning, the shire joy and appreciation of skaters, parents and organizers and the sense of "well done" was hovering over the volunteer funded and maintained ice

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Wicker ICE expected to be in full operation starting Friday

Date: 
01/31/2019
2019LtlSktrGames

From the littlest to biggest of skaters, there is no end of glee on Wicker ICE, the 60 by 120 foot ice rink in the middle of Wicker Park, 1425 N. Damen. 

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Smith Park celebrates a year of senior programming

Date: 
01/22/2019
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Known for its iconic World War II Army Tank, outdoor swimming pool, baseball programs and many other activities, Smith Park, 2526 W Grand Ave., has added another program to support the community, "Senior Citizen Day." 

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"Lincoln Yards…too much too fast," says Friends of the Parks' Irizarry

Date: 
01/14/2019
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UPDATED

"Lincoln Yards…too much too fast… take it off the Planning Commission's January 24 agenda," Juanita Irizarry, Executive Director, Friends of the Park (FOTP), asks 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins. 

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Perfect night for a bonfire: Smith Park

Date: 
11/07/2018
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Many neighbors gathered for the Smith Park Bonfire event, Sat., Nov. 3, 2526 W Grand Ave. on a perfect night for a fall celebration. 

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Boo-Palooza returns to Wicker Park Saturday in celebration of Halloween

Date: 
10/26/2018
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Boo-Palooza returns this year with dancing, selecting a pumpkin from the Pumpkin Patch, an amazing  journey through A Maze, bobbing for apples, activity tables and two costume parades, plus much more in Wicker Park, 1425 N. Damen, Sat., Oct. 27,

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Spooky Skate Party with costume contest swoops into Smith Park

Date: 
10/26/2018
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Spooky Skate Party with two costume contests will once again fill Smith Park's gym this year starting 5:30 p.m., Oct. 26, at 2526 W. Grand Ave. 

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Earth Day comes early to Wicker Park April 7: Mulch and Dog Park Cleanup

Date: 
04/05/2018
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Mulching and dog park cleanup at Wicker Park, 1425 N. Damen, this Sat., Apr. 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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$1.5 million building expansion: Maplewood Playlot Park inspiration for other communities

Date: 
03/30/2018
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In a partnership between the Chicago Park District, 1st Ward  Alderman Proco "Joe" Moreno and the community, $1.5 million has been raised to build a new field house in Maplewood Playlot Park, 1640 N. Maplewood Ave. that meets the needs of current neighbors.

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Chicago is taking the mystery out of recycling and trash pickups

Date: 
01/11/2018
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An easy to use website divided in four sections provides information with pictures and minimal text on City Services, Blue Cart Basics and Your Questions, Answered as well as a guide as to what and how to recycle and information about the recycling schedule.

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West Town Dog Parade successful tribute to Chicago Parks

Date: 
08/07/2017
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Keeping kids off the streets and in Chicago's Parks was the inspiration, says David Ramos, President, Smith Park Advisory Council (SPAC), for the 1st Annual West Town Dog Parade that began in Commercial Park, 1845 W. Rice St., and ended in Smith Park, 2526 W. Grand Ave. on July 29.

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Take a walk with your neighbors: 3rd Annual Block Party for The 606

Date: 
06/02/2017
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From 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 3, fun events, music and activities will be underway from one end of The 606 to the other during the 3rd Annual 606 Block Party: A Walk with Neighbors. Everyone is invited to participate in the free event.

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Most Earth Day participants ever: Friends of the Parks

Date: 
04/24/2017
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Standing at the Humboldt Park Boat House on Saturday, Friends of the Parks' Executive Director Juanita Irizarry declares

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