Posts in category "Chicago Parks"

Lurie Garden Salvia River

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As I type this the weather for the weekend in Chicago is looking rather rainy. If you’re downtown on Friday you should make sure to make a trip to see the Lurie Garden Salvia River which looks really nice this time of year. If you can’t make it to the garden, check out this short... Read more »

Winter Gardening in Chicago

Sorry about the lack of updates on here at Chicago Garden, but this year I got a gig writing at TreeHugger, and combined with the mrbrownthumb garden blog, and my Twitter account, and Facebook gardening page–I just couldn’t keep up with another blog. Hopefully, I’ll do a better job of scheduling myself and finding time... Read more »

Indoor Sculpture Garden Opens in the Loop

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Yesterday’s weather in Chicago was gorgeous. I even managed to get lunch from a food truck and eat it in a plaza under the shade of some trees, and with the last of the tulips blooming. Today’s weather doesn’t look as nice, but you can still have lunch in a park even if it rains.... Read more »
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AECOM's Pier+ Proposal Gets my "Thumbs Up"

Crystal Garden. This part of the pier has seen better days so I'm glad AECOM has an idea to transform it. The new Crystal Garden would be a sustainable food production attraction, an urban food jungle-if you will. A floating "seed-like juice bar" will serve visitors products from food grown on site. The Crystal Garden will also be used to supply the restaurants at Pier+ with produce, serve as location for entertainment and education in sustainable food production. Image courtesy of AECOM+BIG
Recently a select number of design firms were selected to submit proposals for a renovation and re-imaging of Chicago’s Navy Pier. While all of them have merit, the proposal by AECOM+BIG  really caught my eye and I think is the best of the group. It gets my “thumbs up.” One my issues with Navy Pier, aside from the... Read more »

Hailstorm Damage Shuts Down Garfield Park Conservatory

Hailstorm Damage Shuts Down Garfield Park Conservatory
Last night’s storm that reportedly produced golf ball-sized hail in some areas caused so much damage to the Garfield Park Conservatory that it has been shut down until further notice. Staff report that there’s so much broken glass hanging from the greenhouses that it isn’t safe to allow visitors to enter the premises. The video... Read more »

Chicago Park District Summer Camp 2011

Chicago Park District Summer Camp 2011
Online registration for Chicago Park District Summer Camp program begins at 9am on Monday April 04th, 2011. The summer session runs from June 13-August 21, 2011. You can visit the Chicago Park District websie to find programs and register online. Walk-in registration for most parks in Chicago begins on April 9th, 2011 at 9am. It... Read more »
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Giant Eyeball Sculpture at Pritzker Park

Giant Eyeball Sculpture at Pritzker Park
Over the past two days crews have worked to install the 30-foot eyeball sculture, “EYE,” By Tony Tasset at Pritzker Park in the Loop. On Tuesday, I visited the area to see the fiberglass and steel sculpture go up.  While there it made me think about Pritzker Park and wonder what it was named before... Read more »

Lurie Garden's Salvia River 2010

Lurie Garden's Salvia River 2010
The Lurie Garden’s Salvia River is in full glorious bloom. If you do one thing this weekend it should be visiting the Lurie Garden at Millennium Park to take in the sight. The Salvia River is comprised of four different varieties of 2,000 salvia plants. It was designed to mimic a flowing river. I suggest arriving... Read more »

Chicago Park District Day Camp Scholarships

A grant from Parkways Foundation, the nonprofit arm of the Chicago Park District, of over $200,000 will provide scholarships to eligible families for the popular summer day camp program. The six-week long sessions will be subsidized at a rate of 50% or 75% for eligble Children. To apply for a scholarship or learn more click... Read more »
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Azaleas, Camellias and Cyclamen in bloom at Garfield Park Conservatory

It may be winter outside but you couldn’t tell by the colorful blooms under glass at the Garfield Park Conservatory.  These pictures were taken this past Saturday during “Sweet Saturdays” at the conservatory on Chicago’s West Side. The next, and final, “Sweet Saturday” is on February 13, 2010 from 11-4PM. Take the family for the... Read more »