Underused Park in Streerterville Set to Get $3 Million Make-Over

Posted by Leo Clark. on Friday, April 15th, 2016 at 7:16am.

While the hustle and bustle of Michigan Avenue might only be a few short steps away, there’s a stretch of Streeterville along Pearson Street which runs from Michigan Avenue all the way over to Lake Shore Drive that is one of the most pleasant places to live in all of downtown Chicago.

Aside from just a great location that’s close to everything, much of the appeal of Pearson Street relates to both Seneca Park and the sprawling Lake Shore Park that sits just a short block over, which is one of our favorite outdoor spots in the entire city.

A smaller green space with mature trees, lots of shade, and a small little playground for kids, Seneca Park first opened back in 1990 when a host of donations were made by wealthy neighbors to add more park space to the area. And now, more than 25 years later, more private donations have been made to make-over the park that will give it updated playground equipment, more open space, new wavy benches, and really go a long way in making Seneca Park more walk-able and inviting to neighbors and visitors to the city alike.

Despite its prominent location, a six-foot tall iron fence basically surrounds the park today, isolating it from many who might otherwise use it to sit down and enjoy the sights and sounds of the busting city surrounding this one-of-a-kind location that’s directly across the street from the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago—one of downtown’s most visited attractions.

In addition to the re-design, much of the new equipment would pay homage to the Old Chicago Pumping Station that sits right next door, fire house No. 98, which is also another cool element to a long overdue overhaul.

The Seneca Park make-over is expected to cost $3 million and could be finished in as little as 6 months once getting approval from the Park District.


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