If you're an aquarium chondrichthye, do you consider skateboarding a form of torture? Not that matters. It's not the skates of the Shedd that are about to be lured to a new home in Grant Park, but their mammalian cousins.
On Wednesday, February 27th, at the meeting of the Grant Park Advisory Council, preliminary plans will be presented for a combined skate park and small outdoor performance area, to be built on the park's south end, around 11th street. Since the new facility is referred to as being ‘below grade’, I'm assuming it's going to be in the area south of the late, epically derelict 12th Street Metra Station.
The last time we wrote about a new development in this part of Grant Park was back in 2005, where a bunch of hucksters from Palm Springs were promoting a Hollywood-styled Chicago Walk of Fame alongside the Metra tracks from Balbo to 11th street. It was going to eventually have up 400 or more three-foot granite stars honoring the greats of Chicago past and present, and it wasn't going to cost Chicago a penny. Which it didn't, because, thankfully, nothing ever came of it.
Maggie Daley Park.
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