"To suggest there is only one location where the museum can succeed and thrive in Grant Park doesn't pass the smell test," Reilly said.
Chicago Sun-Times, February 21, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
Monday, March 03, 2008
Land which is now the heart of Grant Park along the Lake Michigan shoreline was designated in 1836 by city founders to remain "Public Ground - A Common to Remain Forever Open, Clear and Free of any Buildings, or Other Obstruction Whatever." Since the late 19th century, this designation has been challenged by a host of interests seeking the glory of a location on this prime open space, and it has taken efforts of both citizens and courts to preserve it. Today, private interests have their eye on the section of Grant Park known as Daley Bicentennial Plaza, seeking to displace existing park resources and construct a 100,000 square foot building in the park.
Editors of The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, Crain's Chicago Business and Skyline Newspaper have spoken out against the Chicago Children's Museum proposal to build a 100,000 square foot museum in the protected area of Grant Park. Thousands of Chicago residents have petitioned to preserve the park. Friends of Downtown has spoken out. Your voice is needed to preserve open space in Grant Park. You can help preserve precious park space - call your alderman's office to speak out today.
Don't know you alderman? Need more information? You can find it on the Save Grant Park website.
Saturday, October 06, 2007
Your help is needed to fuel that revolt. Each and every Chicago alderman needs to hear from constituents. Contact your friends and family throughout Chicago. Contact your enemies, too, as long as they love Grant Park. Ask them all to call their aldermen and encourage them to support Alderman Brendan Reilly and oppose the Chicago Children’s Museum plan to build in Grant Park.
It’s easy to get the word out - visit the Save Grant Park website, and click the Tell a friend link to generate an email message that you can send to friends. The message includes information on how to identify your alderman and get the phone number.
Keep those calls to aldermen coming - Chicago’s city council must be reminded that Grant Park is not up for grabs.
1) CALL YOUR ALDERMAN'S OFFICE.
State your name and address and ask the alderman to support Alderman Brendan Reilly’s efforts to save Grant Park. This takes only a minute.
2) ASK OTHERS TO DO THE SAME!
Not sure how to ask? Go to www.savegrantpark.com and click the “Tell a friend” link which makes it easy to use your own email software to send a message with instructions on why and how to contact alderman.
Don't know the ward? Look it up here: http://www.chicagoelections.com/voterinfo/
Find the alderman's phone number (lookup by ward or name): http://www.chicityclerk.com/citycouncil/alderman/find.html