Major League Baseball's franchise has announced a $1 million gift toward construction of a community play area in Lakeview.
The School Street Playlot will be the largest public recreational space in Lakeview outside of Lincoln Park and will include a water feature, separate play areas for different age groups, a large open turf area, shaded picnic tables, a forty-foot custom mosaic art wall, and a replica Wrigley Field marquee.
In addition to the gift, and , a fund of the , have contributed more than $1 million to the Lakeview community over the last four years. The Cubs also pledged $3.75 million over nine years for community infrastructure-related projects as part of an agreement with the city related to renovations to Wrigley Field.
"The Chicago Cubs are committed to giving back to the community by being a good neighbor," said Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts. "We believe being a part of the fabric of Chicago is an important part of our identity as a team. The Cubs have extended a helping hand to hundreds of organizations and causes through hours of volunteer service and significant donations. We are excited to bring this park to the families of the Lakeview area."