Jackson Park Problem Reports

This site is a project of the Jackson Park Advisory Council. Its goal is to allow users of Jackson Park to report issues that they would like the council to amplify.

The council will review issues periodically and decide on how to move them forward.

We encourage users to also report issues to Chicago 311 and the Park District.

Problem Reports

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Benches at 56th street

1 park visitors share this problem

Description:

The benches have been destroyed at 56th and Hyde Park Blvd

Location:

56th and Hyde Park Blvd.

Observed: 2024-05-19

Reported: 2024-05-20

Category: Hardscaping

Status: Reviewed By Pac

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Jackson Park: Condition Assessment of Phase 1 Area

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Description:

Landscaping growing thru benches and fences. From the caliper of the trees and bushes at benches and fences where this situation occurs, one assumes that CPD has been walking past these situations for years/decades and not maintaining these areas. What is CPD's response?

Location:

Jackson Park Phase 1 Area

Observed: 2024-05-18

Reported: 2024-05-20

Category: Hardscaping

Status: Reviewed By Pac

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Jackson Park: Condition Assessment of Phase 1 Area

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Description:

Trunks of tree and bushes are completely surrounded by plantings right up to the trunk, no clear space. This differs notably from approach to trees on Midway Plaisance where spreading mulch around trees is a major priority. Need to understand landscaping guidelines used by CPD in Jackson Park, different guidelines for different locales, etc.

Location:

Jackson Park Phase 1 Area

Observed: 2024-05-18

Reported: 2024-05-20

Category: Landscaping

Status: Reviewed By Pac

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Jackson Park: Condition Assessment of Phase 1 Area

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Description:

CDOT did a good job with new sidewalks along Hayes, but it did nothing to link with/repair/improve park paths (asphalt or otherwise)leading north from sidewalks (presumably because such maintenance was a CPD responsibility).

Location:

Jackson Park: Phase 1 Area

Observed: 2024-05-18

Reported: 2024-05-20

Category: Hardscaping

Status: Reviewed By Pac

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Jackson Park: Condition Assessment of Phase 1 Area

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Description:

Park path leading to Wooded Isle Bridge (next to baseball field) deteriorated in several sections.

Location:

Near Wooded Isle Bridge

Observed: 2024-05-18

Reported: 2024-05-20

Category: Hardscaping

Status: Reviewed By Pac

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Jackson Park: Condition Assessment of Phase 1 Area

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Description:

Path meeting sidewalk, west of bridge by Statue intersection: rough gap to be filled in. Ditto for second path west of bridge, opposite Statue.

Location:

Near Statue intersection

Observed: 2024-05-18

Reported: 2024-05-20

Category: Hardscaping

Status: Reviewed By Pac

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Jackson Park: Condition Assessment of Phase 1 Area

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Description:

Asphalt path leading north, just east of Hayes Bridge needs repair where it meet Hayes Drive sidewalk.

Location:

Hayes Bridge

Observed: 2024-05-18

Reported: 2024-05-20

Category: Hardscaping

Status: Reviewed By Pac

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Jackson Park: Condition Assessment of Phase 1 Area

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Description:

West End of Hayes Bridge-washout under new sidewalk and west end of bridge edge. CPD or CDOT should repair ASAP.

Location:

West end of Hayes Bridge

Observed: 2024-05-18

Reported: 2024-05-20

Category: Hardscaping

Status: Reviewed By Pac

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Jackson Park: Condition Assessment of Phase 1 Area

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Description:

Examples of distressed trees combined with significant overgrowth of plantings are included in the attached file. This situation was observed in many locations throughout the study area.

Location:

Phase 1 Area off Hayes Drive

Observed: 2024-05-18

Reported: 2024-05-19

Category: Landscaping

Status: Reviewed By Pac

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Jackson Park: Condition Assessment of Phase 1 Area

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Description:

Significant potholes were observed throughout the Phase 1 Area, collecting standing water, debris, etc. These potholes are in need of patching. Representative photos are attached.

Location:

Phase 1 Area off Hayes Drive.

Observed: 2024-05-18

Reported: 2024-05-19

Category: Hardscaping

Status: Reviewed By Pac

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Jackson Park: Condition Assessment of Phase 1 Area

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Description:

Barren planting area adjacent to basketball courts. Could this area be trimmed out with small stones/rocks or replanted?

Location:

Near basketball courts Phase 1 Area.

Observed: 2024-05-18

Reported: 2024-05-19

Category: Landscaping

Status: Reviewed By Pac

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Jackson Park: Condition Assessment of Phase 1 Area

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Description:

Observed overgrown planting areas along all paths in the Phase 1 area. Does CPD have a standard for trimming growth back from a path? These areas are also collecting litter and debris. Representative photos are attached.

Location:

Pedestrian walking paths in the Phase 1 Area.

Observed: 2024-05-18

Reported: 2024-05-19

Category: Landscaping

Status: Reviewed By Pac

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Jackson Park: Condition Assessment of Phase 1 Area

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Description:

Identified examples of many distressed trees throughout area, approximately 35 acres. Some of these trees are near areas used by park guests and could be a life safety matter.

Location:

Trees were observed throughout the Phase 1 Area.

Observed: 2024-05-18

Reported: 2024-05-19

Category: Landscaping

Status: Reviewed By Pac

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Jackson Park: Condition Assessment of Phase 1 Area

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Description:

Parking lots in Phase 1 area: Tree islands are overgrown with weeds, and then collects litter. Is there a CPD guideline for this condition? Is mulch available for the islands? Mulch applications can control weed.

Location:

Parking lots off Hayes Drive in Phase 1 area.

Observed: 2024-05-18

Reported: 2024-05-19

Category: Parking Areas

Status: Reviewed By Pac

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Unsafe Crosswalk

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Description:

This very poorly marked crosswalk where the park path intersects the exit from DSLSD is very unsafe. At the very least, the crosswalk needs to be repainted, and stop signs need to be added. Ideally, this would be a raised crosswalk and there would also be a speed bump on Science Drive, as especially with no visual/physical cues it's hard for drivers exiting DSLSD to transition from the fast highway mode to a safe park speed. Drivers exiting DSLSD here often miss the existence of this crosswalk and speed through it - endangering vulnerable road users like the one pictured.

Location:

Crosswalk with Science Drive

Observed: 2024-03-24

Reported: 2024-03-24

Category:

Status: Reviewed By Pac

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Jackson Park: Burnham Building

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Description:

Burnham Building has had a construction fence around it since a car drove into it several years ago. Would like JPAC to get an update on this project from CPD.

Location:

Approximately at 67th and South Shore Drive, on the south side of the drive.

Observed: 2024-03-20

Reported: 2024-03-20

Category:

Status: Reviewed By Pac

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broken trash can

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Description:

Trashcan has a hole, needs to be replaced

Location:

N of Nancy Hays bridge

Observed: 2024-03-13

Reported: 2024-03-13

Category:

Status: Reviewed By Pac

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Dead racoon

5 park visitors share this problem

Description:

Racoon is in the pond at the Garden of the phoenix.

Location:

Observed: 2024-03-10

Reported: 2024-03-11

Last Confirmed: 2024-03-11

Category:

Status: Reviewed By Pac

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Bad Sidewalk

4 park visitors share this problem

Description:

Sidewalk near 57th and Stony is dangerously broken - gravel, plywood, etc form a safety hazard. Would like this repaired.

Location:

Observed: 2023-10-13

Reported: 2023-11-19

Last Confirmed: 2023-11-21

Category:

Status: Reviewed By Pac

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