BUCKTOWN — With Chicago Public School students headed back to classrooms Monday, there's not much time left to enjoy the outdoors. A group of parents, however, are offering an 18-hole miniature golf course for a last fling of summer in Bucktown this week.
City Mini Golf has landed in the playground of Pulaski School, 2230 W. McLean Ave., in Bucktown and is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily through Sunday.
Kids pay $6, and adults pay $8, with a dollar from each admission going to the school.
The Bucktown event is the final stop in an eight-week tour which began in mid-June when Eric Michaels, founder of City Mini Golf, unveiled his quirky, hand-built course at Hawthorne Scholastic Academy in Lakeview.
The visit to Bucktown was arranged by Friends of Pulaski, the school's fundraising arm.
"We want to bring community attention to our wonderful school and make it a community event," said Debbie Shear Gibbons, volunteer communications chair for the group.
Gibbons said she thought the late August timing would work well due to the annual Bucktown Arts Fest, which is expected to draw thousands of people to Senior Citizens Park Saturday and Sunday, just north of the school.
City Mini Golf features quirks like a golf version of Plinko, a course in which players must putt the ball past other players, and a hole where players must launch the ball into the air to get it into a hole.
Overseeing the activity on the greens Monday afternoon, City Mini Golf's course manager Marta Chelminiak said "it's been a fun summer." She"had a blast," she said, at Blaine School in Lakeview, which brought in the highest proceeds from green fees, with about $1,500 raised for the school.
Spurring profits for Blaine was a group of adults who did not appear to have any ties to the school or children. They showed up several times during the week and appeared to be competing with each other, Chelminiak said.
City Mini Golf, 2230 W. McLean Ave. Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Aug. 25 (Sunday).