Top 9 ways Chicago and Mother Nature clashed, found peace in 2015

Who knew parks and recreation were so controversial? No, not the show, but the actual green space in Chicago.

This year, debates roared over the issue of protecting parkland versus landing a prestigious institution or money-making event on the city's open space.

Controversy led to Riot Fest's move from Humboldt Park to Douglas Park. The Humboldt Park neighborhood was divided over whether the music fest should return. Some residents were upset at the restoration efforts to fix the park damaged by a combination of rainy weather, foot traffic, an expanded footprint and poor drainage areas. Others lauded the impact Riot Fest made on the community.

From the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art's legal battle over whether it can be built on Museum Campus to park preservationists' fight over the transfer of 20 acres of parkland to the city for the Obama presidential library, Mother Nature was the center of attention in 2015.

Click the photo above and scroll the gallery for a closer look at nine ways Mother Nature and Chicago brawled and/or found harmony this year.

Chicago Tribune contributed.

Leonor Vivanco
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