Film crews were to shoot near Kimbark Plaza on Friday, but never showed.
The movie will depict Barack and Michelle Obama's first date around Chicago.
"There's always been a need for more open space in the community," said Ald. Pat Dowell.
Voters hoped the fresh paint and carpet were a sign of more changes to come.
KONKOL: Reports that he'll live elsewhere make sense for a guy who keeps reinventing himself.
But the Obamas didn't say which South Side location — Washington Park or Jackson Park — will be the one.
Decision between Jackson and Washington parks expected to be delayed.
Friends of the Parks asked the Obama Foundation to reconsider using Chicago Park District property.
News reports citing anonymous sources have reported Chicago was chosen over New York for the honor.
The push would take several years, said Brian Bannon, Chicago Public Library commissioner.
The director of the organization behind Boundless Readers said the couple's support is "humbling."
Mayor Rahm Emanuel cracked himself up with a joke about a phone call from President Obama.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's next agenda is full of both pleasing and distasteful tasks.
The Lake View student initially didn't believe the invitation was real.
Aldermen signed off on using parkland to sweeten the University of Chicago's bid.
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