Attend Grant Park Advisory Council Meeting
When: Wednesday, August 21, 2019, 6:30PM Future meetings in 2019 will be held on the third Wednesday of each month, except July and December, at 6:30pm at the Maggie Daley Field House. Next meeting on August 21st, September 18th, October 16th, and November 20th.
Where: Maggie Daley Park Fieldhouse, 337 E. Randolph
Get involved with one of the most important parks in the city. Please come to hear a presentation by noted landscape architect Ernie Wong on a concept for the Southwest corner of Grant Park at Michigan & Roosevelt.
Reports will be presented on/by:
1) Presentation and discussion of draft revisions to the Grant Park Advisory Council By-Laws
2) 2020 Chicago Park District Draft Budget for Grant Park
3) Dog Friendly Area discussion
4) Skateboard Committee Report
5) Other public comments.
Aaron Montgomery Ward fought a twenty-year legal battle to keep Grant Park “open, free, and clear.”
Aaron Montgomery Ward (1844–1913) founded the world’s first mail-order retail business in 1872 in Chicago. In 1890, Ward began a twenty-year legal battle to keep Grant Park “open, free, and clear.”
He withstood intense public criticism for his campaign to prevent the construction of the Field Museum and other buildings on Chicago’s “front yard.” During his third lawsuit in 1909, Ward told the Chicago Tribune, “Had I known in 1890 how long it would take me to preserve a park for the people against their will I doubt if I would have undertaken it.” Despite extreme costs in terms of both reputation and his own personal fortune, Ward continued with a fourth lawsuit in the State Supreme Court, which he won in 1910.