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The Grant Park Conservancy is a 501c(3) not-for-profit with a mission to provide a permanent body that enables Grant Park to respond and adapt to the changing needs of its users, as the park passes from generation to generation.  Some of these needs relate to landscaping, infrastructure, design, cultural activities, and environmental issues.  Current needs include:


  • Assisting the Chicago Park District in improving landscape design  and maintenance;

  • Activating a volunteer Grant Park stewardship program;

  • Helping nurture an environment conducive to the arts, including performance, exhibition and education;

  • Helping plan spaces for use by the adjoining communities;

  • Encouraging pedestrian and bicycle-friendly design in and around Grant Park;

  • Advocating for public dollar expenditures in Grant Park

  • Developing ways to reduce traffic congestion and improve transportation links into Grant Park.


As these needs materialize into specific projects, the Conservancy will work closely with the Chicago Park District, the Grant Park Advisory Council, and other organizations, helping to raise private sector dollars to match with public funding, so that the completion of each project can become a timely reality. Leveraging this funding and integrating ideas from both the public and private sectors for the future improvement and development of Grant Park, as well as the promotion of the park, will make it a truly lively civic space.

Corporate and Institutional Sponsors

340 E. Randolph LLC/LR Development Co., Ariel Capital Management, Art Institute of Chicago, Baker & McKenzie, Citi, CNA – Insurance, Capital Sports & Entertainment, Chicago Symphony  Orchestra, Columbia College Chicago, ComEd/Exelon, DePaul University, Dirk Lohan, Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park, Fine Arts Building, Fogelson Companies, Forest City Enterprises, Gensler, Green at Grant Park, Jones Lang LaSalle, Lakeshore East, Mandarin Oriental Tower Chicago, Mesa Development  & Monroe/Wabash Development, Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority, Millennium Park Joint  Venture, Newmark Knight Frank, Pappageorge/Haymes, Park Grill, Roosevelt University, Site Design  Group, Solomon Cordwell Buenz, SOM, Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, Snyder Family Foundation,  The Chicago Club, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, U.S. Equities Realty, Lloyd A. Fry Foundation.

Who We Are

Ex-Officio Member:

Robert M. O’Neill

President, Grant Park Conservancy


Board of Directors

Benjamin Alba

DePaul University College of Law


Ambassador J.D. Bindenagel


Vanessa Moss

Chicago Symphony Orchestra


Fran Casey

Director of Community Affairs, DePaul University


Gerald W. Fogelson

CEO, the Fogelson Companies

Central Station Development Corp.


Carlos Martinez



Emanuelle Mercado

Prime Insurance Company


Dr. Charles Middleton

President, Roosevelt University


Ariani A. G. Friedl
MOSTRA, Founder and Director


Dennis O’Neill



Alejandro Silva

President, Evans Food Products


Amelia Silva

330 S. Michigan Avenue

Dr. Howard Sulkin

Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies


Allen Turner

The Pritzker Organization


Mary Zavett

330 S. Michigan Ave



Benton H. Page



Advisory Board


Elizabeth Barlow Rogers,

Central Park Conservancy

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