Lawsuit Against the City for Roller Skating Injury on a Public Sidewalk

In Larson v. City of Chicago, 142 Ill. App. 3d 81, 83, 491 N.E.2d 165, 96 Ill. Dec. 351 (1986), the plaintiff was injured while roller skating on a public sidewalk in a residential area and brought a negligence suit against the city. The appellate court rejected the defendant's argument that the applicability of section 3--106 should be determined by the plaintiff's use of the property at the time of injury and held that the defendant was not immune because a public sidewalk in a residential neighborhood was not akin to property such as a park or playground specifically intended for recreational purposes. Larson, 142 Ill. App. 3d at 86-87.