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1320 N Lake Shore Drive

1320 N. Lake Shore Drive Zoning Victory at Last! On 9/29/10, the Illinois State Supreme Court ruled in favor of residents of the Gold Coast, ending nearly twelve years of litigation with Draper & Kramer over its plans for a 40-story high-rise at 1320 N. Lake Shore Drive.Click here to read a summary of the effort led by the Near North Preservation Coalition to protect our neighborhood.

Goudy Square Park

Goudy Square Park, named for William C. Goudy, a well-respected attorney who served as President of the Lincoln Park Board from 1887 to 1893, is our neighborhood's park. It is located at the Southeast corner of Astor and Goethe and falls under the jurisdiction of the Chicago Park District. The park was transformed into the special space it is today with children's playground equipment and wrought iron fences with the generous donations of private citizens in the neighborhood. Gold Coast Neighbors Association continues to work in conjunction with the City of Chicago to beautify the parkways.

In 2012, Friends of the Park champtioned Goudy Park renovations, which will include replacing all play equipment and surfaces, and other repairs and upgrades. We had hoped the work would start in the warm weather of 2013, but hopefully they will in fact start just after the spring weather breaks in 2014. The funds and and plans are all in place with the Chicago Park District.

A few years ago, spearheaded by GCNA Director Karen Herman, an association fundraising campaign raised over $25,000 for the plantings and maintenance of the parkways. GCN would like to thank Alderman Daley and Mariani Landscape for their work on the project. In 2008 eight generous donors from five buildings bordering the park had pledged over $1,500 per year for the next three years to maintain the parkways.

Interested in making a contribution? Please send your donation to the association office address. Make check payable to Gold Coast Neighbors and indicate "Goudy Park Parkways" in the memo section to help defray the costs of maintenance.