EarthDay2016Thank you to all of our Earth Day volunteers. The park and playlots look fantastic. A special thank you to Myra Mazzei and Catherine Gustaitis for leading the teams at Commercial and Snowberry.  We appreciate you!

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Egg Hunt at Commercial Park—Wednesday, April 1

Wednesday, April 1

  • First hunt ages 2 and under (3:30-3:50),
  • Second hunt ages 3-5 (4:00-4:20)
  • Third hunt ages 6-10 (4:30-4:50)

Weather permitting, hunt will be in the field.
Bring a collecting basket. Children will hunt empty eggs and turn them in for candy & small prizes! (donated by the Commercial Park Advisory Council.)

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!


Have you seen it???  Our park was chosen by the Chicago Park District to receive one of the new solar powered trash compactors that have been going in a few parks across the city.  Just in time for the busy days of summer and for Earth Day…

Speaking of Earth Day….In honor of Earth Day this year our parks will be participating in two great events to support cleaning up our parks and our neighborhood.  Friends of the Park is sponsoring the Earth Day Parks and Preserve Clean Up and the 1st Ward is taking part in the City of Chicago’s Clean & Green.  To take part in both events meet up at Commercial Park at 9 am on Saturday, April 17.  We will work to clean up the streets and parks in our neighborhood, including Superior, Honore and Snowberry Playlots. Around lunch time please head back to Commercial where we are planning to have a bar-b-que and enjoy some time together as a neighborhood.  Plan to bring gloves if you have them.  Rakes, shovels and garbage bags will be provided.

More details to follow on Friday!

halloweencostumescliparve8It is that spooky time of year when ghosts and goblins have crept into our neighborhood.  Lets welcome them with sweet treats and good times at the annual Commercial Park Halloween Party on October 31st from 2-3:15.

We need volunteers to bake one batch of cupcakes and deliver them to the park anytime on Friday the 30th or Saturday the 31st before noon.  We really need your help!  Please spread the word so there will enough cupcakes for everyone!

We are also looking for volunteers to help on the day of the party.   We are specifically looking for 1 or 2 additional fortune tellers.  The kids love to hear glimpses of what there future holds, can you help?

Leave a comment below (it will not be posted) with your information and how you can help (cupcakes, fortune teller, decorating, etc.) And we will be in touch with you.  Thanks!

Cartoon_Dancing_Turtle_Royalty_Free_Clipart_Picture_090122-140661-231048Join your friends at the park for some music and fun.  Old Town School of Folk Music will be at the park from 5-7 pm on Tuesday, July14th.  This event is free and open to everyone.  Bring dinner-to-go and come on over!