What is sure to be a new international destination along Chicago’s lakefront upon completion, Maggie Daley Park will not only honor the legacy of Chicago’s former First Lady, but will also enhance the public landscape. Plenty of progress has already been made to transform the sections of Grant Park, also known as Peanut Park, Cancer Survivors Garden, and Daley Bicentennial Plaza, into a new iconic landmark.
The Legacy of Maggie Daley
Born Margaret Corbett in 1943, Maggie Daley earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton and relocated to Chicago for a sales representative job with Xerox Learning Systems. Although she planned to return to her home in Pittsburg after a few short years, she fell in love with Richard M. Daley, and the couple married in 1972.
As the wife of a politician, Maggie Daley used her power to become highly involved in the cultural and civic life of the city. Among her many duties, she served on the women’s board of the Chicago Rehabilitation Institute and the auxiliary board of the Art Institute.
Daley was also instrumental in founding Gallery 37, a program dedicated to promoting jobs and arts training for young people in Chicago. In 2002, Maggie Daley was diagnosed with cancer. She passed away at the age of 68 in 2011.
The Construction of Maggie Daley Park
Construction on Maggie Daley Park began in October of 2012. A majority of this construction has been completed, but additional planting will have to take place in the spring of 2015 when weather permits.
One of the most popular attractions the park has to offer is the Ice Ribbon, a quarter-mile loop that will be open for rollerblading and skateboarding once spring arrives. Along with the Ice Ribbon, there will be a new playground, beautiful foliage, two climbing walls, and tall light masts that will prove a moonlit glow for attendees. The park is officially set to open completely in 2015.
Shoreline Sightseeing is Your Source for Chicago Tourism
Maggie Daley Park is just one of the many outstanding tourist destinations Chicago has to offer. This spring, Shoreline Sightseeing will once again be providing our Classic Lake Tours and Chicago Architecture Tours. These informative and entertaining tours are a great way to take in all that the city has to offer. Be sure to visit our website often for scheduling information. We look forward to seeing you this spring!