Promontory Point Conservancy
to protect and preserve
Promontory Point Park
Burnham Park, Chicago
Photo by Eric Allix Rogers
May 26, 2022: Promontory Point Day
Promontory Point Conservancy held a press conference that announced U.S. Congresswoman Robin Kelly's proposed funding authorization for a long-overdue preservation study of Promontory Point. Speakers included elected officials, regional experts and community members who stood up for and spoke out for a preservation approach at the Point. The Conservancy declared the 119th birthday of renowned landscape architect Alfred Caldwell and the 85th anniversary of the opening of Promontory Point Park to the public as the first annual Point Day!
Read press coverage of U.S. Congressswoman Kelly's proposed funding and our press conference -- Read about Point Day Celebrations -- Read our press statement
Vanishing Point: the City's "locally preferred plan"
As it currently stands, the City's “locally preferred plan” means demolition of the limestone revetment and new construction of textured concrete and steel. We know that the City (CDOT), the Chicago Park District and the Chicago U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are moving forward with this plan.
This violates the legal requirements for repair and rehabilitation of the historic limestone: textured concrete (faux limestone) is NOT real preservation. And it destroys the enormous cultural and historical benefits of repair and rehabilitation and ignores needs for park equity on the South Side.
Faux limestone? Fauxgetit!
Destination Point: a preservation approach
Photo: David Schalliol
Repairing and resetting the historic limestone revetment at the Point is feasible, legal, more durable, more environmentally sound and may be cheaper than the City's plan of demolition and textured concrete.
maximum historic limestone
minimum concrete and disruption
safe and generous access (ADA compliance) for all to both the revetment and the water
Questions about an event or donations for a bench?
The Conservancy does NOT issue park permits for BBQs, weddings,or other events, and it does NOT take donations for benches at the Point. The Chicago Park District does:
Here is the information on the Park District's website about grilling in parks: https://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/grilling
Here is information on the Park District's website about whether your event will require a permit:
For inquiries about a bench at the Point, contact the Chicago Park District: