North Grant Park Getting $30M Facelift

Parking garage underneath park in need of repair.

Thursday, Oct 27, 2011  |  Updated 7:06 PM CDT
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This 20-acre park will close in fall of 2012 to renovate the underground parking garage and give the park a whole new look.

Richard Moy

This 20-acre park will close in fall of 2012 to renovate the underground parking garage and give the park a whole new look.

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A 20 acre portion of Grant Park known as the Daley Bicentennial Plaza will be out of commission for two years beginning next fall.

The work comes in conjunction with repairs to an underground parking garage on Monroe Street.

When the park reopens in the fall of 2014, visitors will see and enjoy new walking paths, rolling hills and an ice skating "ribbon," the Chicago Sun-Times explained.

The $30 million project -- funded by the Chicago Park District's leasing of the underground parking garage -- is being designed by Brooklyn firm Micheal Van Valkenburgh Associates, which was awarded the $4.2 million contract in 2009.

Valkenburgh said design changes are still being made based on comments and suggestions made during public meetings.

Chicago Park District Planning Director Gia Biagi said more public meetings are scheduled. Interested citizens can go to the project website NorthGrantPark.org and take a survey.

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