My Mind Has Left My Body
Firm behind bus shelters will install 5 food kiosks in city parks
Pritzker Park first in line for food stand from JCDecaux
By Mike Helfgot | Special to the Tribune
July 3, 2009
The French company behind the city's advertising-driven bus shelters wants to improve the dining options in the city's parks.
As part of its 2002 contract to provide the city with 2,400 "street furniture" items in return for the right to sell advertising space on them, JCDecaux can install up to five "cafe kiosks" in parks throughout the city.
The first one, in the Loop's Pritzker Park, could be opened by fall, and there are tentative plans for additional structures to be placed in Grant Park's Solti Garden and at Roosevelt Road and Michigan Avenue by next spring, according to Grant Park Conservancy President Bob O'Neill...........
They are to be 14.5 feet wide, 14.5 feet deep and 9.5 feet high, painted black with silver accents and have metal curved roofs supported by tubular columns and structural walls. Each is supposed to have multiple walk-up windows.............
"We don't just want hamburgers and hot dogs," O'Neill said. "We'd like to have different ethnic foods from different city venues to reflect Chicago's culinary heritage. One of the complaints we get a lot is that there are surprisingly few places to eat along the waterfront."
Give out some items that should be served and locations where of where the kiosks should go.