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An SUV recently struck and damaged a historic, century-old open-air pavilion last week in Jackson Park. But the comfort station had been a wreck long before the crash. Lamenting the years of neglect, the Editorial Board urged the Chicago Park District to fix the damaged pavilion and do right by Jackson Park overall.
The Sun-Times’ call to action was echoed in a Letter to the Editor, in which a reader said the pavilion is only one of more than a dozen long-term maintenance issues that trouble not just buildings in Jackson Park, but also the park’s entire lakeshore. Ross Petersen, the former president of the Jackson Park Advisory Council, wrote that it’s way past time for the city to spiff up long-neglected Jackson Park.
Elsewhere in Commentary, Gene Lyons reminds us that the GOP had no actual platform in 2020, other than Trump, Trump, Trump. But red hats can take you only so far now as a strong majority of Americans are “Trumped-out.” Lyons writes that President Joe Biden is proving to be the un-Trump by actually governing.
— Ismael Pérez, editorial board member

An old Jackson Park Golf Pavilion stands near E Marquette Dr in South Shore after a car accident sent a vehicle into the building, Tuesday, March 2, 2021. | Anthony Vazquez/Sun-Times
An old Jackson Park Golf Pavilion stands near E Marquette Dr in South Shore after a car accident sent a vehicle into the building, Tuesday, March 2, 2021. | Anthony Vazquez/Sun-Times
A historic, century-old comfort station on the southeastern end of Jackson Park was struck by an SUV and damaged last week.
But the single-story open-air pavilion was a wreck long before a driver lost control of her Jeep last Monday and ran into it. The Chicago Park District has neglected the building for years, allowing a design by one of early Chicago’s most important architecture firms, D.H. Burnham & Co., to rot in plain sight.
To make matters worse, the battered building sits roadside on Marquette Drive just north of 67th Street, spoiling one of the city’s great vistas, where the lake and parkland give way to a run of classy early and mid-20th century residential towers along South Shore Drive.
The building’s condition is an embarrassment. And it is a reminder of how poorly the city and the park district still too often treat Jackson Park, a 551-acre lakeside treasure listed on the National Register Historic Places.
The Chicago Park District must fix the damaged pavilion. And it must do right by Jackson Park overall.
The Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Board is the opinion voice of the hardest-working newspaper in America. It is headed by editorial page editor Tom McNamee and includes Thomas FrisbieLorraine ForteLee BeyIsmael Pérez and Mary Mitchell as members.
What others have to say
Gene Lyons writes about Americans being Trumped-out:
When people are going to ballgames and concerts, when the economy’s growing and life feels normal again, any GOP plans to sandbag Democrats in midterm elections may not work out.
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In your words
“… Before the city and the Obama Foundation pour millions into the Obama Center, they need to do maintenance on the park.”
— Ross Petersen, former president, Jackson Park Advisory Council
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