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24 Places and Grant Park Ain't One

By Margaret Lyons in News on Feb 21, 2008 8:00PM

Oh man, we almost forgot about the Children's Museum debate! Luckily, Alderman Brendan Reilly wants to keep it front and center, which is why he sent the Museum a list of 24 possible places it could relocate that aren't Grant Park:

+ Museum Campus
+ Northerly Island
+ Logan Square
+ Garfield Park Conservatory
+ Pritzker Park
+ Washington Park
+ Bronzeville
+ Calumet Park
+ Englewood
+ State and Van Buren
+ McCormick Place East
+ Museum of Broadcast History

+ Chicago Riverwalk
+ Michigan and Roosevelt
+ Notebaert Nature Museum
+ Lincoln Park Zoo (adjacent to zoo)
+ Old U.S. Post Office
+ Chicago Athletic Association
+ Carson Pirie Scott Building (State Street)
+ Former Brach's Candy Factory
+ U.S. Cellular Field (adjacent to ballpark)
+ Expansion on Navy Pier
+ Montrose Park
+ 1 S. Dearborn (50 percent vacant)

2008_2_21.musuem.jpgResidents of the 42 Ward are afraid that the plans are on the agenda for a March 20 Chicago Plan Commission meeting, which sources from the Museum denied to the Sun-Times.

We like the Museum staying at (on?) Navy Pier, but a lot of these suggestions sound pretty good--plus if it moved into the old Brach's factory, couldn't the new slogan for the Museum be "It's like being a kid in a candy store" or something? We threw that one in for free, City of Chicago.