Chicago Park District

Fishing Events and Programs

Chicago's Fish'N Kids Events & Programs

Family Fishing Program @ Northerly Island Visitor’s Center, 1700 S. Linn White Dr.
Select Saturdays, May – June, from 9am – 12pm.  Call for dates.
These classes are for parents with children (ages 6 and up please), and small groups (up to 30) that are unable to fish with us in the Fish'N Kids summer program (see below). We supply the rods, reels, bait and fishing instructors and “Fish`N Kids How-To-Fish” Instruction Booklets. We will be both indoors and outdoors for up to 45-minutes, so dress for the weather. A short Tenkara-style fly fishing and fly tying lesson will be included as well.  Call Bob Long, Jr., “The Fishin’ Guy!” at (312) 656-3852 for more information.  Reservations are required for groups numbering eight or more. 


Summer Fishing Program
June 24 - August 16, Monday through Friday, 9am - 4pm
Over the course of eight weeks we supply the rods, reels, bait and instruction. You? Well, you supply the kids. There are daily fishing sessions conducted by the “Fishin’ Guys & Gals” for up to 30 kids per session. We can accommodate up to 300 participants per day. We are able to fish with children, age 8 – 12, teens, adults, seniors, and those with any kind of disabilities or challenges.

Fishing takes place at 11 lagoons located throughout the City, and at seven lakefront locations. Fishing sessions last an average of 35 minutes. Classes are free and open to the public, but pre-registration is REQUIRED!  For more information, call Bob Long, Jr., “The Fishin’ Guy!” at (312) 656-3852 or email him at


Monroe Harbor Fishing Festival @ Lake Shore Drive & Monroe Street
Monday's – Friday's, June 18 through August 16, 2013, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Participants can enjoy free fishing (no fishing license required these days and times).  Rods, reels, bait and instructors are provided. Car and bus drop-off ares are available at Monroe and Lake Shore Drive, but free parking is not available. Sponsored by The Chicago Park District, The Illinois Conservation Foundation, The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, The City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and Westrec Marinas. For more information please call Bob Long, Jr., “The Fishin’ Guy!” at (312) 656-3852.


We hope these programs and events help make your fishing more enjoyable and rewarding.
For more information about fishing programs sponsored by Chicago’s Fish`N Kids of the Chicago Park District, call Bob Long, Jr., “The Fishin’ Guy!” at (312) 656-3852 or you can email me at