IN PARTNERSHIP WITH MAKE MUSIC CHICAGO
Pianos At Chicago Parks & Beaches Let You Tickle The Ivories Under The Sun
ROGERS PARK — At Loyola Beach Park, the sound of an upright piano has joined the swelling chorus of crashing waves, laughter, bike bells and seagulls.
It sits on a small concrete slab surrounded by sunken benches and a walking path just west of where the city meets the sand along the beach.
Linze Rice on another way to enjoy Chicago parks.
The piano is one of seven placed across the city's parks and beaches through Make Music Chicago's Pianos in the Parks program. The pianos were provided by Keys 4/4 Kids, a Southwest Side nonprofit that refurbishes old pianos for sale or donation.
Until Aug. 1, anyone can sit and play at the pianos during Park District hours.
Once you pull out the bench and sit down, the overlooking views of a turquoise Lake Michigan (and similarly turquoise Crepes on the Beach shack), it's hard not to try to pound out a tune.