Park District Rolls Out October Programming in Deerfield

DEERFIELD, IL — It will be an October like no other as most months in 2020 have been. Despite the limitations put on programming due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Deerfield Park District still has some events planned.

BOO! In A Bag

The Deerfield Park District has everything your little ones will need to celebrate and enjoy a fun, safe and festive Halloween at home. Each BOO in a Bag includes:

  • Halloween Treats
  • Spooky Crafts
  • Recipes and Activities
  • Fun and Safe Halloween Toys

BOO Bags are $10 and went on sale Thursday. Bags can be purchased at the Jewett Park Community Center front desk between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Bags will be available for purchase through Oct. 23.


School’s Out

Join the park district for a day of supervised fun between 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Jewett Park Community Center. Children will participate in a variety of activities including games, arts & crafts, and much more! Please send your child with a sack lunch and a refillable water bottle. All safety guidelines outlined by the CDC, DCEO, and IDPH will be followed.


Halloween Family Fun Fest
Join the park district for an afternoon of Halloween fun between 2-2:45 p.m. Oct. 24 featuring balloon twisters, Halloween themed arts and crafts, airbrush tattoos and prepackaged Halloween treats!

It’s not too late to join! Susie Mason brings her warm teaching style to this virtual drawing class. Students will be able to be creative and draw their own subject matter while receiving feedback and instruction from the instructor. Students must provide their own materials.


Magic Class

Learn fascinating card, rope, coin, mind-reading, and other tricks from a professional magician. Amaze family and friends! Children are grouped by age and taught age appropriate tricks. All materials provided. Each child takes home

Aurora, Illinois CIO Makes Entire City An Innovation District As Part Of Proposed $300 Million Project

Michael Pegues, a relative newcomer to government, is the CIO of the second largest city in Illinois. Despite only being in the job for three years and having no background in local government, he has developed a passion for city work and has become an urbantech champion.

What makes Pegues’ case so interesting is that he has taken a much bolder approach to encouraging innovation than many other city CIOs. In my experience, cities often set up limited innovation zones where they experiment with technologies before rolling them out more widely. Pegues has eschewed this intermediate step and turned his city into one giant innovation sandbox through his 605 Innovation District project (605 being the first three digits of the five zip codes in Aurora).

It’s a bold move—and one that isn’t without risks. But the initiative shows how a forward-thinking CIO willing to embrace and successfully manage those risks can create a powerful dynamic for change.

A new model for urbanization

Innovation districts have emerged over the past two decades and are fast becoming a distinctive feature of smart cities. Each district acts as a well-defined, walkable area in a city where public and private sector participants work to attract economic opportunity and development with the general aim of revitalizing an urban location.

These districts are typically populated by research-oriented institutions, high-growth firms, and tech and creative start-ups. They include, or are surrounded by, a variety of amenities as well as residential and commercial properties.

The first innovation district was launched in 2000 in Barcelona, Spain. Today, there are thought to be over 100 around the world, including districts in Berlin, Cambridge, London, Medellín, Montreal, Seoul, Stockholm and Toronto.

Smart Aurora

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