The Grant Park Advisory Council/Grant Park Conservancy will be holding a meeting tonight, Tuesday, May 29th, at 6:30 at Daley Bicentennial Fieldhouse, 337 East Randolph just east of Columbus, to consider Krueck and Sexton's latest redesign for a new Chicago's Children Museum in Grant Park, just south of Randolph. The revised two-story 100,000-square-foot design, though largely underground, would still eat up parkland for sprawling skylights and green roofs. Lots of glass, apparently.
In the best Chicago tradition, the museum is seeking to buy off community groups with the inclusion of a new 20,000 square foot fieldhouse, causing Advisory Council President Bob O'Neill, a critic of the earlier design, to revert to his traditional role as unflagging cheerleader for all whims Daley. (The mayor has endorsed the Museum's move to Grant Park from its current home at Navy Pier.) "The public will be blown away by the innovative designs, and that will overwhelm the negativity," O'Neill told the Tribune. If you need this decoded, "negativity" refers to any dissent from City Hall's omnipotent, unchallengeable wisdom.
It remains to be seen whether another community group, Friends of Downtown, will also take the bait, having previously taking a position opposing the construction as both a violation of A. Montgomery Ward's hard-won battle to have the park declared “Public ground—a common to remain forever open, free and clear of any buildings or other obstructions whatever,” and also as setting a precedent for allowing admission-required facilities in a public park whose attractions historically have been free.