Category: Jackson Park

A Mosaic Story Of Woodlawn

The outline and beginning mosaics of the 65th Street viaduct panels.
The folks who completed this beautiful mosaic last year on the Marquette Road are replicating their magic on the 65th Street viaduct this summer.  Last week I strolled down to check in on their progress.

Woodlawn Scored The Obama Presidential Library, Now What?

I knew something was going on when my phone started blowing up. Text message after text message started pouring in.  Private messages on social media accounts started piling up.  All of them said one thing: The Obama Presidential Library would be in Woodlawn. And not just any old spot in Woodlawn, a site that literally... Read more »

The Politics Of Park Benches

What’s wrong with this picture? Benches.  In a park.  What could be wrong with that? A great deal, actually. Those benches actually belong on the sidewalk next to the bus shelter, not on a grassy rise in Jackson Park. Your next question is probably “Well who cares where the benches are?   What’s the big deal?”... Read more »
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Why The Obama Presidential Library Should Be In Jackson Park

From all accounts, the President and Mrs. Obama have a challenging decision to make regarding his presidential library. What city will land the coveted prize?  If Chicago is chosen, which of the three sites will get the nod?  Will Friends of the Park file a lawsuit regarding the proposed site? More importantly, will the upcoming... Read more »

Garden Stories: Top Five Garden Goals For Next Season

I’m proud of the fact that I’ve finally managed to score a plot in the backyard community garden but I’ve had a bountiful harvest from both of my vegetable gardens. Nonetheless, I’ve been thinking ahead to next growing season and came up with a list of my top five garden goals for 2015.   1. ... Read more »

Jackson Park Garden Timeline

5/31---Starting out.  The Jackson Park (or East Garden) plots before weeding.
The Jackson Park garden—otherwise known as the East Garden—has come a long way since I went over to weed the plots on May 31st.  This is a timeline through pictures.   If you liked this post, “like” I Hate My Developer on Facebook Type your email address in the box and click the “create subscription”... Read more »
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Jackson Park Playlot Gets A Makeover

Sign on the front of the Jackson Park play lot.  The equipment was long overdue to be replaced.
The play lot at Jackson Park at Stony Island and 64th Street has needed a makeover for some time. This summer the refresh with all new playground equipment has finally happened. Actually, both play lots in Jackson Park (there’s one at 56th & Stony) have received new playground equipment.  It appears that the 56th Street... Read more »

Jackson Park Garden Is Off To A Slow Start

The weeds grew way faster than I intended in my beds at Jackson Park.  I took the path of least resistance and cleared out the less weedy one on the right and finally put down my tomato plants.
While the back yard vegetable bed is planted, I still had to go to Jackson Park Community Garden to get those beds in order as well. As you can see from the pictures below, what greeted me was not a pretty sight. The garden is secluded from most foot and vehicle traffic and it was... Read more »

A Moment of Beauty And Clarity In An Otherwise Ugly World

Since Easter two women were murdered by their husbands with their children in close proximity. A woman was gunned down in front of her house last Friday in a drive by and two days ago a 14 year old killed another 14 year old allegedly because of a boy. As Americans and Chicagoans we find... Read more »
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