Northerly Island's next steps
10/29/2009 2:06 PM
The future of Northerly Island will be discussed at a meeting on November 10, according to the Grant Park Advisory Council.
The session is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. and will be held at the Spertus Institute, 610 S. Michigan.
For years, Northerly Island hosted Meigs Field before the city demolished the small airport in March 2003. The site is mostly clear now, save the Charter One Pavilion. Chicago's defunct Olympic bid suggested using the site for boat competitions, like kayaking and canoeing, and volleyball.
The Chicago Park District approved a $394,500 contract Nov. 1, 2007 for JJR to create a framework plan for the 91-acre island. Studio Gang Architects has also been drawing up plans for Northerly as part of the JJR contract.
Preservation Chicago, a historic preservationist advocacy group, placed the Meigs Field Terminal Building, one of the last remnants of the old airport, on their list of the seven most endangered buildings in Chicago for 2009.
Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation uses part of the terminal building to save birds that are hurt when they fly into buildings downtown.
"We did not get the 2016 Olympics," said Bob O'Neill, president of the Grant Park Advisory Council. "It's time to start get planning done for Northerly Island."
O'Neill said there will be workshops and a chance for residents to give feedback on various design ideas.
"They all have a nature focus," he said.