On Friday, August 15,
Friends of the Parks is leading a lakefront happy hour trolley tour to give
Chicagoans a front-row view of our City's public open spaces along the lakefront
that would be impacted by pending development proposals including the Lucas
Museum. Stops along the tour will include Navy Pier, DuSable Park, Soldier
Field South Parking Lots (the proposed site of the Lucas Museum), Grant Park,
Northerly Island, 31th Street Harbor and a few others! Join us and help shape
the future of Chicago's lakefront public open space.
of the Parks' supports the building and expansion of museums, attractions,
schools, senior housing and other institutions in the City of Chicago. However,
it is a troubling trend that these facilities are increasingly proposed within
our valuable parks and public open spaces. Given the established health,
recreation and quality of life benefits associated with natural and open spaces,
Chicagoans need to work together to protect our parks and public open spaces
from the pressures of development. Chicago, ranking 14th among a total of 18
large U.S. cities when measuring public open space per resident, lacks
sufficient parks and open space for residents and visitors. Further, there are
many alternative development sites which would serve to catalyze broader
economic impact in neighborhoods throughout the City.
of the Parks is a 39 year old nonprofit parks advocacy group whose mission is to
preserve, protect, improve, and promote the use of Chicago's parks and open
spaces. We advance our programmatic, educational, and advocacy work with the
support of our members, donors and volunteers, and our governmental, community,
and environmental partnerships.