Advisory Councils

An advisory council is a voluntary group of individuals who meet on a regular basis to support the effective functioning of their local park. Councils promote ways for the community to better utilize the Chicago Park District's programs and facilities; provide communication to the Chicago Park District on matters relating to their parks; increase community awareness of Chicago Park District projects; provide the community with a vehicle through which park information can be shared; and assist in locating alternate funding sources to enhance park facilities. In an effort to do these things,many councils host events and other related activities throughout the year.The Chicago Park District encourages interested park patrons to participate in or form an advisory council in their local park. The Chicago Park District seeks advisement from councils regarding services provided to parks, needs, problems, accomplishments, and any other matters councils consider important to the operation of their parks.

2017 Park Advisory Council Conference

Thanks to all who participated in the annual Park Advisory Council conference on February 25, 2017 at Malcolm X College.  

2016 Park Advisory Council Annual Report - NOW DUE

Each year the Chicago Park District requests information from each Park Advisory Council. Information collected includes officer updates, membership details, summary of 2016 activities, and contributions made to thier park. Councils formed after December 1, 2016 are not required to fill out the Annual Report. 

Submitting the Annual Report is one of the compliance items required by the Chicago Park District to remain in good standing.  Councils that are in good standing are eligile for the Chicago Parks Foundation grant, waiver of special event fees, and use of room space for PAC meetings and events.


Complete the 2016 Annual Report Now


PAC Workshop: Grant Writing

Join the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Parks Foundation for a grant writing workshop on Saturday, July 22. Attendees will learn from a panel of experts about how Park Advisory Councils can apply for grants to help improve thier parks. Learn the ins and outs of searching for grants that meet your needs. We will also give tips on  how to improve your grant application using search techniques that best fulfill your PAC's Mission.

PAC Workshop: Grant Writing

Saturday, July 22, 2017

9:00am- 12:00pm

Kosciuzko Park, 2732 N. Avers


Revised Advisory Council Forms

All existing and newly formed advisory councils and those interested in becoming an advisory council, must review and complete the forms below. Fax the completed Application, Registration Form, Partnership Pledge and By-Laws to the Chicago Park District Community Relations Division at (312) 742-2797.


What makes a PAC compliant?
•             Submitting Annual Report
•             Holding Yearly Elections
•             Submitting bylaws to the Chicago Park District
•             Maintaining PAC binder in parks, which includes: membership applications, meeting agendas, meeting minutes, financial reports

Registered Chicago Park District PACs, enjoy the use of rooms, space for their monthly meeting, application fee waivers,  expedited event permit processing, partnership benefits of no or reduced fees and liability insurance. If a PAC is not compliant they will not be privy to these benefits. PACs will be treated like every other community group and organization until they become compliant. 

Advisory Councils List

View a list of parks with advisory councils, and get meeting dates and contact information.



View a list of Advisory Council Frequently Asked Questions.

Contact Us

If you have any further questions about Chicago Park District advisory councils, please call the Department of Legislative and Community Affairs at (312) 742-2797.