IRVING PARK — Independence Park is counting on Chicagoans to vote early and often in Coca-Cola's "America Is Your Park" contest, with a shot at a $100,000 grant for park improvements on the line.
The top vote-getter in the challenge nabs the $100,000 first prize, with $50,000 going to second place, $25,000 to third place and a $15,000 "wild card" grant awarded at random to a park ranked between fourth and 25th.
Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield Ave., is currently sitting in 23rd place, just shy of 5,000 votes, with a shot at a wild card win. Chicagoans have their work cut out for them for the park to have any hopes of catching the leader — Veterans Memorial Park in Moore, Okla. — which is running away with the contest at more than 450,000 votes.
Voting ends at 10:59 p.m. Central time on July 15.