Grant Park Needs Our Help. Word just came out from the Chicago Park District that the meeting is postponed. We will publish more info once it becomes available.
Current Grant Park Advisory Council (GPAC) leadership removed by Chicago Park District
The GPAC, the organization entrusted with advocating for the best interests of and preserving the park, is being reconstituted after 18 years. The Chicago Park District has decided to replace the current board and to hold new elections for the GPAC seats in October 2018.
Grant Park Advisory Council Organizational Meeting
The September 25 meeting will include nominations for the new GPAC leadership and to present suggestions for improvements, repairs, and maintenance issues for the infrastructure of Grant Park. If there are topics that you would would like to see addressed, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next GPAC Meeting
September 25, 2018 at 6:00PM Postponed
Come to the next GPAC meeting
on September 25, 2018 at 6:00PM at Maggie Daley Park Field House 337 E. Randolph.
Summary: How you can help Grant Park
- The Chicago Park District needs citizens to get involved to vote in a new Grant Park Advisory Council to replace the one that they have removed.
- To help them vote in new leadership we need citizens who are eligible to vote in the October election.
- To be eligible to vote in October you needed to attend the July 10 meeting and need to attend the September 25 meeting.
- You must sign in for all meetings.
- You must attend and vote in the October meeting (date to be determined).
- Even if you are not eligible to vote, and you’re concerned about the future of Grant Park, please attend the September 25 meeting.
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.