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Maggie Daley Park Restaurant OK'd By Plan Commission

By Ted Cox | April 21, 2016 12:23pm
 A smaller Maggie Daley Park restaurant received approval from the Plan Commission.
A smaller Maggie Daley Park restaurant received approval from the Plan Commission.
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CITY HALL — The Plan Commission approved a new slimmed-down proposal for a restaurant at Maggie Daley Park Thursday, over objections it wasn't slimmed down enough.

The proposal for what's being called Maggie's at the Park, 352 E. Monroe St., is half the size of an earlier design.

Heather Gleason, of the Chicago Park District, testified that it was intended as a "replacement" for an earlier concession stand at what was then a mini-golf course at the site.

But community activist Allan Mellis complained it was more a restaurant than a concession stand, and that it might draw a rowdier, beer-drinking clientele than the families who might be expected to patronize a concession stand at the park. That said, he cheered the new restrooms on site.

Commission Chairman Martin Cabrera Jr. echoed that, saying, "Thank you for the public restrooms."

The restaurant will attempt to blend in with the rest of the park with the help of a green roof. Dan Klaiber of the Department of Planning and Development said it would "enhance the character of Maggie Daley Park."

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