Spring Cleaning?

Okay, you know this hint of Spring weather has got you…you have closets overflowing with stuff you keep shoving in every time company is coming…

Now is your chance to free up some space in your home and help the park…

The Commercial Park Garage Sale is BACK!!! This year we have moved it up to March 26th and 27th so you need to get started!  We also have two ways to participate:

Option 1:  Donate your stuff to the park. We will sell it and use the money for free programming and playlot improvements.  We can”t start taking your stuff until March 21st so please hang on to it and bring it over the week before the sale.  No adult clothing, please.

Option 2:  Buy a table and sell your things. We will provide you with a table and space for displaying.  We will do the advertising for you.  This way you don’t have to beg people to venture down your alley!  Tables are $30 for the weekend.  The best part….Leave your stuff behind.  We will take care of all the leftovers!  Email Georgia Burke at if you would like to sign up for a table.

So, don’t just sit there!  Use these chilly March days to clean house so that when the warmer days arrive you can open the windows and relax!



CPD Summer Camp Scholarships Available

Commercial Park Advisory Council received this information and wanted to pass it on.

Thanks to a grant of over $200,000 from Parkways Foundation eligible Chicago families will receive scholarships for the Chicago Park Districts summer day camp program.  The grant will allow the Chicago Park District to subsidize eligible children at a rate of 50% or 75% of the cost to attend the six-week long session.

On Thursday, March 18 from 10 a.m. 9 p.m. and Saturday, March 20 from 9 a.m. 12 p.m., parents can submit required paperwork to see if they qualify at designated scholarship processing centers at nine citywide parks.  For more information, call the scholarship information line at 312.742.5734 or click here for full details from the CPD website: Scholarship Info


Cold? Warm up with some Yoga tonight…

Join Commercial Park friends tonight as we welcome our new yoga instructor, Kristin.  Class will be every Thursday from 6:30-7:30.  A $5 donation helps keep this program strong.  You can also write a check for the donation and receive a letter for a tax donation.  Below is Kristin’s bio.  There is always space in the class so please join in.

Kristin has only words of love when it comes to yoga. At heart she is a writer and artist, she blends her passion for language and painting into class. With an avid dance and running background, Kristin provides a fun yet physically challenging practice to students. She focuses on alignment and philosophy, guiding students toward their greatest potential. After years of competitive ballet dancing, Kristin wandered into a yoga studio with no idea of what to expect. She discovered that yoga was more than a physical workout and that it appeared in aspects of her life off the mat. Yoga is different for every person; for Kristin it is a way to find stillness in the mind, a challenge for the body, and a way to focus on and appreciate the present. Kristin is originally from Racine, Wisconsin. She has a fourteen-year-old brother who is in her opinion, the coolest kid. She is grateful to be able to share her passion for yoga and asks that we all live life to the fullest. “The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore” -Vincent Van Gogh

Free Art for 7 & up :: Every Thursday

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