School can proceed with soccer field, judge rules

April 25, 2008 3:16:36 PM PDT
A Chicago judge has ruled that a private school may continue construction of a new soccer field in Lincoln Park.

The Latin School may install artificial turf, landscaping and fences despite the opposition of neighborhood residents.

The Chicago Park District has given permission to the Latin School to develop the land for its soccer and field hockey teams. That work is half way done.

However, the judge says the school may not install lights, benches or scoreboards. That work must wait until the judge determines whether the park district followed public notice rules before construction started last year.

Another hearing will be held on May 20.