Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Bloomingdale Trail Renaming & Final Plan Presentation Tonight

Tonight at 6:30 pm at the McCormick Tribune YMCA (1834 N. Lawndale) the final plans for the Bloomingdale Trail (now called "The 606") will be on display for viewing. There will be a short presentation by the design team to start the meeting, then visitor will be able to browse exhibits on the plans.

It was also announced today that the name of the trail and elevated park will be changed to "The 606" in reference to the first three digits of Chicago's zip codes. Read more on this from the Trib. Any thoughts on this new name? Feel free to leave a comment.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Humboldt Park Chosen for Chicago Plays Grant and Upcoming Events

The Advisory Council is happy to announce that Humboldt Park has been chosen for the Chicago Plays! program, a collaboration between the Friends of the Park and Chicago Park District to replace public playgrounds in need of repair across the city. Members of a local block group took the initiative to put together a strong application for the playground at the Humboldt Park pool and built support from other community groups and representatives including the Advisory Council, which contributed a letter of support.

In the next few months the members of Chicago Plays! will work with the community to choose a playground design and set a schedule for completing the project. Construction is expected to begin in spring of 2014. If you've been to the pool playground recently (near Augusta and Humboldt) then you've probably noticed how badly in need it is of an upgrade, so we're very excited to be a part of this effort to improve it and we give big thanks to our community partners who worked hard to make it happen.


Now that June is here there are many great events coming up in the park. Here's a preview, and check back regularly for more.

  • Friday June 7th from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. is the Night Out: Music + Movement event in the boathouse, it will include a performance from the Joel Hall dancers. 
  • Puerto Rican Fest will be held from Thursday, June 13th to Sunday the 16th
  • The popular Jazz City: Latin Jazz Fest will be held on both Friday, July 19th and Saturday the 20th from 7 to 9 p.m. on each night at the boathouse.