If you live in Chicago, you have at least one obligation: you must complain about the city whenever possible.
And most of the time, the city deserves it. Layers of bureaucracy, stupid decisions, bad ideas (hello, Block 37!) and tons of traffic, which is usually made worse when “traffic experts” try to direct it.
But every once in a while, the city gets it right.
They did with a new city park that just opened in the West Loop. It’s a great use of space, and it was incredibly well designed with the needs of the whole community in mind.
The park is an entire city block, bordered by Monroe, Adams, Peoria and Sangamon streets.
It’s got several areas where people can sit and relax, a public art installation and several prairie gardens.
There’s also a leash-free dog run and a leash-free child run playground for the kids.
What was the space before? I’m not 100% sure, but I believe it was either a parking lot or an old warehouse (the West Loop is filled with warehouses).
It’s such an amazing use of space – the design, the landscaping. It feels wonderful to be there.
So….um, yeah. As much as I hate to say it? The city got this right. Very, very right.