Once the initial stay at home order lifted, many of our spring and summer "fresh air" walks included time spent gazing longingly over the fences at Chase Park. Both the park and fieldhouse were closed in early spring for COVID-19 restrictions and then for $3,000,000 in planned repairs and renovation courtesy of the Clark Street TIF.
Construction on the field and fieldhouse roof has been slow but sure, and we are finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel.
The fences are down and the construction crews are doing final work on the field and track in advance of an official opening, which we hear could be as soon as this Friday.
We are thrilled to try out the new field, which features artificial turf striped for soccer and baseball, two full size soccer goals, and two brand new backstops with "dugouts" and baseball "infield dirt" markings. While Chase was popular before, expect even more leagues and youth sports at the field in coming years.
In addition to the new turf, the photos appear to show a newly painted or replaced running track around the outside of the field. We are excited to get back to running on the track, which looks beautiful and built for years to come.
All in all, a great job by the Chicago Park District and a welcome upgrade for Uptown.