Programs and events currently available for sponsorship:
The Chicago Park District is the hot spot for kids every summer. For the ultimate summer camp experience, Chicago’s youth look to their local park to play, explore, and learn. Camp programs can be found at more than 200 parks throughout the city where children enjoy water fun, field trips, athletic activities and cultural experiences.
In 2012, over 30,000 campers were registered in various Summer Camp programs.
Movies in the Parks
The Chicago Park District has been providing FREE cinema entertainment in our neighborhood parks for 13 years. We provide safe, family-friendly events that bring people together and foster a sense of community. Showing recent and classic films in 125 parks across 65 neighborhoods throughout the city, neighbors gather at dusk in community parks, cultural centers and lakeside locations to catch an old favorite or must-see blockbuster. With their picnic baskets, blankets and lawn chairs, moviegoers of all ages connect with their closest neighbors near and far.
The 2012 season featured 171 movies with audience totals of over 43,000 viewers.
Toddlers, Tunes and Turtles
This early childhood environmental education program lets young children learn and play through hands-on interaction with nature and wildlife. The program includes live animals, live music, and station based free play nature activities. From late May through September the program seeks to spark young imaginations and instill in children a sense of respect for nature at an early age. Traveling throughout the City, this program reaches approximately 30 neighborhood parks throughout the City.
In 2012, approximately 4,000 people enjoyed the offerings of Toddlers, Tunes and Turtles.
Theater on the Lake
The Chicago Park District presents the best that Chicago theater has to offer in an amazing summer series that features eight plays in eight weeks at Fullerton Avenue east of Lake Shore Drive. Theater on the Lake has been a tour de force in the Chicago community always bringing edgy, creative and classic theater from the best off-Loop theater companies Chicago has to offer. Additional pre and post-show programming may include live music, complimentary storytelling, art installations in the northern pavilion, and post-show talkbacks.
In 2012, over 6,600 people enjoyed Chicago’s Theater on the Lake.
Halloween in the Parks
Chicago’s parks are alive with festive Halloween events during the month of October. The 13 Terrors Haunted House transforms Theater on the Lake from a summertime theater venue to a scene of lakefront horrors. This 2-weekend event had more than 6,700 visitors go through the haunted house in 2012. CPD also brings a little bit of the country to the city with our annual Pumpkin Patches. Family-friendly offerings often include pumpkin patches, pumpkin decorating stations, Halloween-themed carnival games, petting zoos and more. In addition, parks throughout the city host their own Halloween parties during October to provide safe celebrations for children and families.
In 2012, over 22,000 people celebrated Halloween in Chicago’s parks.
Capital Projects and Facilities currently available for partnership:
The Chicago Park District has 520 playgrounds, 280 of which are over 20 years old with outdated equipment that fails to meet current Chicago Park District standards. Community playgrounds provide significant recreational and social opportunities for our youth, and the renovation of our neighborhood playgrounds is a priority goal in our campaign to encourage health and wellness in our communities.
Our playgrounds are redeveloped in collaboration with the local community. The new playgrounds include new play equipment for kids between ages 2-12, rubberized soft surfacing, pathway improvements, lighting, seating, and landscaping. The new playgrounds are intended to be state of the art and meet or exceed ADA accessibility guidelines, including providing ramps to play structures where possible.
Game Point Tennis Court Program
The CPD maintains over 550 tennis courts. Game Point is a program to renovate tennis courts district wide. The renovation program includes resurfacing, restriping, posts and nets at each court.
Ball Field Renovations
The CPD’s 1,850 ball fields are heavily used by patrons of all ages. Full renovation of a ball field includes grading and resizing the infield, updating player benches, batting cages, backstop, scoreboard, and view bleachers as needed at each site.
Contact the New Business Development Department at (312) 742-4292 for more information.