Despite Downed Dome, Events Still Go On


By: Diane Turner-Hurns
Journal & Topics Reporter

While the 140,000 sq. ft. roof of the Dome at the Ballpark in Rosemont is being repaired after last month’s weather-related collapse, future events scheduled for the venue were moved elsewhere.

One such event expected to draw more than 500 participants is the eighth annual “Conquer Chiari Walk Across America” (CCWAA) to be held this Saturday, Sept. 19 at MB Financial Park at Rosemont. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The walk begins at 10 a.m.

According to MB Financial Park at Rosemont event manager Sarah Clemmensen, participants will walk the periphery of the Park, 5501 Park Place, during the full 5K route.

“We are setting up the race area to accommodate all the participants,” Clemmensen told the Journal & Topics Newspapers. “It’s a great area and I believe everyone will have fun during the race and after at the post-race event.”

The minimum cost to participate in the 5K is $25. Other similar events will take place across the country that same day.

Walk organizers say that hundreds of participants have pre-registered for the money-raising event including 40 teams, with some of those teams reported to have raised more than $1,000 each for the charity.

The event aims to raise funds for research and to help patients with Chiari malformation, described as a serious neurological disorder where the bottom part of the brain -- the cerebellum -- descends out of the skull and crowds the spinal cord, putting pressure on both the brain and spine and causing many symptoms.

As for other Dome events, Village officials noted last month that the majority of the events scheduled for the facility are held in the spring and summer. However, the Dome is also host to corporate events, football, baseball, volleyball and other sports clinics.

One event scheduled for the Dome, a corporate wiffle ball game and competition for employees, was recently held next door at the Ballpark at Rosemont where the Chicago Bandits pro softball team plays.

“It went really well. No one had a problem with the move and they all had a lot of fun,” one ballpark employee said.

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