For the past two decades, the Grant Park Conservancy in partnership with the Chicago Park District initiated a complete reforestation of Grant Park. This has led to a total reforestation with the planting of over 3,000 new trees just in Grant Park.
Northerly Island is a 91-acre man-made peninsula and one of the more pristine natural areas along the city's lakefront. With the demolition of Meigs Field Airport in 2003 the location was opened up to new uses. Northerly Island Park was completed in 2015.
CDOT's most innovative bike / pedestrian greenway along Roosevelt Road included the redesigning of Roosevelt Road's sidewalks, bike lanes, and landscaping from State to Columbus to make it far more bike and pedestrian-friendly and a more efficient and safe connection to CTA public transportation.
The bronze statue of the John A. Logan Monument at 9th St. and Michigan Avenue honors the Civil War General and U.S. Senator from Illinois. A six-million dollar gift by an anonymous donor funded an overhaul around the statue including a new fountain, paved walkways and all new landscaping, upgrading existing benches and additional infrastructure.
The Chopin Garden will honor and celebrate the life of Frederic Chopin, one of Poland’s and the world’s most beloved music composers. The Chopin Garden's location will be at 11th street and Michigan Ave and provide classical musical programming in South Grant Park. (in development)
Maggie Daley Park is a $55 million 20-acre park that opened to the public on December 13th, 2014. The target demographic for the park is children and families, a long underserved group of park users and is fully equipped with state-of-the-art play structures.
The Grant Bark Park is a 13,000 square foot off leash dog park in the South end of Grant Park. The $300,000 dog park was a partnership between the Chicago Park District, Grant Park Conservancy / Advisory Council and the South Loop Dog PAC. Grant Bark Park opened in July 15, 2006.
The Cancer Survivors Garden was built in 1996 with a $1 million gift from cancer survivor Richard A. Bloch, co-founder of H&R Block. The two-and-a-half acre strip of flowers, landscaping and inspirational plaques is located in the northeast corner of Grant Park. Maintenance costs about $60,000 for the summer alone.
HealthPark@GrantPark is a new and innovative model that allows people from all walks of life to take a personal journey toward a longer, healthier life. Creating opportunities for citizens to live healthier lives is vital to the development of our society.
The 3-acre Grant Skate Park is a project that has revitalized the southwest corner of Grant Park. The Grant Skate Park is full of ramps, rails and ledges for skateboarders, BMXers and rollerbladers. The park opened on December 6th, 2014.
The relocated bust of Sir Georg Solti from Lincoln Park to Grant Park provides an opportunity to create a high quality cultural and educational botanic garden performance area in Grant Park. The Grant Park Conservancy continues to develop ways to fund the garden.
Borders is a public sculpture installation by Icelandic artist Steinunn Thorarinsdottir. It was located in the Solti Garden, to the South of the Art Institute of Chicago along Michigan Avenue. The installation opened in August, 2013 and concluded its stay in Chicago in October 2014.