Chicago Park District Teams Up with The North Face Explore Your Parks Program to Get Families Outdoors This Summer


The Chicago Park District is teaming up with The North Face and its Explore Your Parks program to encourage people to get outdoors this summer and enjoy activities such as Family Camping at select parks.  The nationwide Explore Your Parks program provides activity guide booklets with a purchase of any product from The North Face store.

The Chicago Park District’s Family Camping program is supported this year by The North Face Camping 101 program, which is designed for novice campers and gives families an opportunity to camp overnight in select Chicago parks.  Activities begin Saturdays at 2 p.m. and end on Sundays at 10 a.m. and include fishing, fire building, guided nature hikes, cooking demonstrations and more.

The first program June 22-23 at Northerly Island is sold out, but slots are available for Chicago Park District locations on the following dates:

Aug. 17-18, Palmisano Park, 2700 S. Halsted St. (registration open)
Sept. 14-15, Gompers Park, 4222 W. Foster Ave. (registration open)
Sept. 21-22, Bull Frog Lake, Palos Park, Ill., in conjunction with the Cook County Forest Preserve (registration date to be announced)
Oct. 5-6, Jackson Park, Wooded Island, 6401 S. Stony Island Ave. (registration open)

The Family Camping registration fee is $50 per family of up to six members, including children ages 6-12.  Check for updates.

About the Chicago Park District
For more information about the Chicago Park District’s more than 8,100 acres of parkland, more than 580 parks, 26 miles of lakefront, nine museums, two world-class conservatories, 16 historic lagoons, nearly 50 nature areas, thousands of special events, sports and entertaining programs, please visit or contact the Chicago Park District at 312/742.PLAY or 312/747.2001 (TTY). Want to share your talent? Volunteer in the parks by calling, 312/742.PLAY.

About Explore Your Parks
Since 2010, The North Face has provided community events, free activity guide booklets and park passes and camping discounts to the public through its Explore Your Parks program.  It now reaches 13 markets nationwide, and currently partners with the Chicago Park District and state park agencies in California, Idaho, Massachusetts, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Oregon. Visit for more details. 


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