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70 ILCS 1505/15
(70 ILCS 1505/15)
(from Ch. 105, par. 333.15)
Acquisition of real estate.
(a) The Chicago Park District may acquire by gift, grant, purchase, or
condemnation (and may incur indebtedness for the purchase of) any real
estate lands, riparian estates or rights, and other property (including
abandoned railroad rights-of-way) required or needed for any park, for
parkways, driveways, or boulevards, or for extending, adorning, or
maintaining the same for the purpose of establishing, acquiring,
completing, enlarging, ornamenting, building, rebuilding, and improving
public parks, boulevards, bridges, subways, viaducts, and approaches
thereto, wharfs, piers, jetties, air landing fields and basins, shore
protection works, pleasure grounds and ways, walks, pathways, driveways,
roadways, highways, and all public works, grounds, or improvements under
the control of and within the jurisdiction of the park commissioners,
including (i) filling in submerged land for park purposes, (ii)
constructing all buildings, field houses, stadiums, shelters,
conservatories, museums, service shops, power plants, structures,
playground devices, and boulevard and building lighting systems, and (iii)
building all other types of permanent improvement and construction
necessary to render the property under the control of the park
commissioners usable for the enjoyment of that property as public parks,
parkways, boulevards, and pleasureways, whether the land is located within
or without the district, if the land is deemed necessary for park purposes
or for parkways, driveways, or boulevards. The Chicago Park District shall
have no power of condemnation, however, as to real estate lands, riparian
rights or estates, or other property located outside the district, but
shall only have power to acquire that property by gift, grant, or purchase.
(b) After December 31, 1958, the powers granted in this Section are
subject to and limited by the Chicago Park and City Exchange of Functions
Act. As provided in that Act and in Section 7 of this Act, the Chicago Park
District may not after that date acquire, extend, and maintain boulevards,
driveways, roadways, and highways used as thoroughfares for vehicular
traffic into or within parks, or any bridges, subways, viaducts, and
(c) The Chicago Park District may acquire by lease or permit the right
to occupy and use real estate lands and riparian estates for park and
parkway purposes and may improve, maintain, and equip the lands and estates
when authorized by the Commissioners.
(c-5) The Chicago Park District may sell, lease, or otherwise convey all or any portion of District-owned property that is used solely and exclusively as office or administrative space.
(d) The power of condemnation conferred by this Act shall be exercised
in the manner provided for the exercise of the right of eminent domain
under the Eminent Domain Act.
(Source: P.A. 94-1055, eff. 1-1-07; 95-936, eff. 1-1-09.)