Grant Park Lollapaloosa, NASCAR are problems for the city

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I’ve been thinking a lot about parks in the past few weeks and how we tend to take it for granted. We hope you have a space nearby that will allow you to be one with nature or go for an afternoon walk. Maybe you’re on a softball league or just enjoy having a place to play soccer on the weekends.

As a Chicagoan who absolutely loves the lakeside area of ​​Grant Park and Museum Campus, it was hard not to notice that the city’s front lawn is becoming less accessible, and more profitable, all without a general saying.

Turns out the city wasn’t giving information about it Three-year NASCAR deal to hold annual street race in July across the area as it should. City permits revealed that the race will close the majority of Grant Park for two weeks during one of the best months to relax outside near Lake Michigan. Because it is a revenue generating event, The city did not need the approval of the public. Even city council members representing the area that includes Grant Park were not included in these discussions. according to Greg Haines From Crain’s Chicago, the city will receive a $500,000 permit fee, 15 percent net commissions on franchise and merchandise plus $2 for each entry ticket sold. . what we know

That shouldn’t be enough to win over area residents who have to deal with their own parks—plus the noise and pollution that NASCAR is known for. This is not for stock car racing but to point out facts that go beyond beautiful scenes on TV.

Lollapalooza will move to Grant Park the following week, keeping it off-limits to the public for much longer. city ​​only Extended the festival for another 10 years.

Dog parks, tennis courts and softball courts will be rendered unusable in the area. it’s a shame. Sure, all of these festivals and sporting events sound great in theory, but until the public has had a chance to speak up and have their say, it doesn’t feel right to give up that land in the height of summer. Especially when so much of attending the festivities is priced in.

I wrote a wild column on Tuesday about how bad it can be The city is taking an opportunity to revitalize the area by letting the bears leaveAnd you must read it!

In the meantime, with summer winding down, it’s a reminder to take advantage of your neighborhood park. Enjoy the outdoors. Breathe in some fresh air. Touch some grass. you will not regret it.

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