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Jan 09, 2014 03:08 PM

January 2014 Calendar on Park TV!

Grab your calendar and find out what's going on in the parks this month.

Dec 11, 2013 09:47 AM

Snow Trekking at Northerly Island

This winter season enjoy Northerly Island, 1521 S. Linn White Dr., by snow trekking with snowshoes and/or cross country skies during select dates this winter from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weather permitting

May 01, 2013 11:18 AM


Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse will sell more than 150 varieties of organically grown vegetable, herb and flower seedlings. The annual plant sale will take place Saturday & Sunday, May 18 & 19, 10 am - 2 pm.

Apr 03, 2013 05:11 PM

Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool Springs Opens For the Season April 20

Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool opens for the 2013 season on Saturday, April 20.

Feb 26, 2013 03:51 PM

Snow Trekking at Northerly Island Tomorrow!

Thanks to today’s snow storm, Chicagoans can join us at Northerly Island tomorrow, Feb. 27 for snow trekking around the 91-acre peninsula on snow shoes or cross country skis.

Jan 08, 2013 01:33 PM

Mayor Emanuel Announces $2 Million in Neighborhood Park Investments with NATO Legacy Funds


Dec 11, 2012 04:06 PM

How has the Chicago coastline changed over the decades?

Reported by WBEZ Curios City's Robin Amer. From nature to industry and back again (sorta), the lakefront’s changed so much that city founders wouldn’t recognize it.

Nov 30, 2012 12:07 PM

Chicago Park District Food Drive Benefits Greater Chicago Food Depository at Select Park Locations

Help donate non-perishable food items to Chicago Park District’s food drive, benefiting the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) from Wed., Nov. 28 – Thurs., Dec. 13 at select park locations(see list of location below) and help feed more than 14,000 meals to families in need across the city!

Nov 23, 2012 03:39 PM

With Weather Cooperating, Ice Skating Rinks Begin To Open

Now that the weather has taken a more seasonable turn, away from near-record high temperatures, the Chicago Park District’s ice skating rinks are opening to the public.

Nov 08, 2012 02:40 PM

All Aboard For The Winter Flower & Train Show at Lincoln Park Conservatory

Enjoy the holiday season with the Lincoln Park Conservatory, 2391 N. Stockton Drive, and the popular Winter Flower and Train Show beginning on Saturday, November 24 and runs through Sunday, January 6, 2013. Admission is free and the conservatory is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Nov 07, 2012 03:05 PM

Loyola Park Erosion Control Project and Volunteer Marram Grass Planting

The Chicago Park District will be conducting an erosion control project and volunteer Marram grass planting at Loyola Park, 1230 W. Greenleaf Ave., on Saturday, November 10 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Monday, November 12 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Marram grass being planted at this site will help stabilize the sand with the help of its deep root system and prevent it from depositing on nearby parkland. ​

Nov 05, 2012 10:57 AM

Garfield Park Conservatory to Receive 2012 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced Chicago’s Garfield Park Conservatory as one of 10 recipients of this year’s National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community, the National Medal celebrates institutions that make a difference for individuals, families, and communities. The National Medal will be presented at a celebration in Washington, D.C. on November 14.

Nov 02, 2012 11:36 AM

Polar Adventure Days Offer Families Winter Fun at Northerly Island

Polar Adventure Days offer families the opportunity to explore Northerly Island and come face-to-face with live animals, engage in winter activities, and create nature-inspired crafts. Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather as events take place both outdoors and inside the visitor center.​

Oct 30, 2012 04:21 PM

Fall Adventure Day and Northerly Island Plant Rescue Part II

Northerly Island, 1400 S. Linn White Drive, is a nature lover’s dream and the place to be this Saturday, November 3 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. with two events to choose from: Fall Adventure Day and Northerly Island Plant Rescue Part II. Both are free admission.

Oct 30, 2012 11:18 AM

Storm Sandy winds arrive in Chicago

The bike paths along the Chicago lakeshore and South Lake Shore Drive, as well as piers and breakwalls, will be significantly affected. The Lake Shore Drive bike path was closed from Oak to Ohio Street as of 7:30 a.m., according to city officials. There is a possibility Lake Shore Drive could be shut down if conditions take a turn for the worse, officials said.

Oct 29, 2012 10:30 PM

Portions of the Lakefront Closed as a Safety Precaution

The Chicago Park District has closed portions of the lakefront, from Oak to Ohio streets due to high winds and waves earlier than anticipated.

Oct 23, 2012 05:11 PM

Color your world: The pageant of fall hues abundant throughout the Chicago area

The changing colors of the trees on the Grove Portage Trail, located within the River Trail Nature Center in Northbrook, offer a vibrant mix of yellows, reds, browns and oranges.

Oct 22, 2012 03:39 PM

Northerly Island Plant Rescue

Help rescue hundreds of native plants that currently live on the southern 40 acres of Northerly Island Park.

Oct 18, 2012 12:01 PM

Park District Historian Presents Lectures Marking Second Edition of "The City in a Garden: A History of Chicago's Parks"

Chicago Park District historian Julia S. Bachrach will present three lectures on the recent publication of the second edition of her book, "The City in a Garden: A History of Chicago’s Parks." The first edition, published in 2001, garnered widespread praise. WTTW Channel 11 producer and program host Geoffrey Baer hails the new edition as “a book about Chicago treasures from an author who is a Chicago treasure herself.”

Oct 05, 2012 09:03 AM

Hidden gems in city parks

Every season, the Chicago Park District offers dozens and dozens of athletic, cultural and generally recreational activities for kids and adults. Some are available throughout most of the system, while others are only available at certain locations.

Kilbourn Park greenhouse hoop house
Oct 01, 2012 04:26 PM

2012 FALL Gardening Events & Workshops at Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse

Discover the wonderful world of nature! Spark your curiosity and explore the fun and educational offerings at Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse, the Chicago Park District’s only park with a teaching greenhouse.

Sep 28, 2012 03:42 PM

2012-2013 Chicago Parks Outdoor Art Exhibition | Photos of the sculptures near the lake

The lakefront has long been the Chicagoan's go-to for bumming on the beach or a stroll near the water–but now, world-class art? Showcasing over fifty sculptures and spanning lakefront parkland from Belmont Harbor to Grant Park, the 2012-2013 Chicago Parks Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition is the largest such exhibition Chicago has seen in over a decade.

Sep 14, 2012 10:47 AM

Largest Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit on Display along Chicago Lakefront

The Chicago Sculpture International (CSI), in partnership with the Chicago Park District, will be hosting the “2012-13 Chicago Parks Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition” on display in Chicago’s parks near the downtown lakefront area for an entire year.

Sep 13, 2012 10:13 AM

Form in Flora III Sculptural Exhibit Takes Root at Lincoln Park Conservatory

A unique sculptural exhibit entitled “Form in Flora III” takes root at Lincoln Park Conservatory, 2391 N. Stockton Dr. from now through November 2, 2012. Admission is free and open to public during Conservatory hours, daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sep 12, 2012 04:16 PM

Half the air in a given space by Martin Creed at Garfield Park Conservatory in Partnership with Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Presented by Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago Park District and Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance, Half in the air in the given space, 1999 (Work No. 210) by British artist Martin Creed (British, b. 1968) will be on display at Garfield Park Conservatory until October 15 and on display from daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free admission.

Aug 30, 2012 09:08 AM

U.S. Army Corps Increases Grant Funding for Northerly Island Habitat Development Project

The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers has proposed to increase the current Great Lakes Fisheries Ecosystem Restoration (GLFER) grant from $2.8 million to $5 million for the Chicago Park District’s southern 40-acre Northerly Island Habitat Development project. The Chicago Park District would be required to match the grant by 35 percent. The matching funds would come from a Northerly Island reserve, created by concert venue revenues.

Aug 21, 2012 04:42 PM

Fall Registration Success Continues!

The Chicago Park District’s success continues on day two of fall registration. More than 10,000 transactions were processed online in today’s first hour, resulting in a total of about 19,000 transactions during the first hour of both days. This is the first session the Chicago Park District implemented its new two-day registration schedule to accommodate the extremely high volume of patrons registering for park programs.

Aug 20, 2012 04:31 PM

Day One Of Fall Registration A Success!

Today, just one hour after the start of online registration, the Chicago Park District successfully processed more than 7,100 transactions for fall programs. This is the first session that the Chicago Park District implemented its new two-day registration schedule to accommodate the extremely high volume of patrons registering for park programs.

Aug 20, 2012 01:41 PM

Mayor Emanuel & Park District Plan to Expand Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks Next Summer

Following a successful run at 10 parks throughout the City, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Park District plan to bring back and expand the Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks program that was presented this summer with Chicago Shakespeare Theater and The Boeing Company. The goal next year is to increase the number of parks presenting performances and communities receiving exposure to live, professional theater.

Aug 03, 2012 04:21 PM

Cubs, Kids and Community Leaders Prepare to "Take the Field" with Groundbreaking at Harrison Park

The Chicago Cubs, Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation, 25th Ward Alderman Daniel Solis, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School and members of the community broke ground on a new state-of-the-art, all-weather athletic field at the Chicago Park District’s Harrison Park in the Pilsen community on Friday morning, August 3, 2012.

Jul 31, 2012 05:48 PM

2012 Day Camp Surveys

Jul 19, 2012 04:26 PM

Matinee Added for Acclaimed Hit the Wall at Theater on the Lake

Due to popular demand, a performance has been added of The Inconvenience’s critically acclaimed production of Hit the Wall by Ike Holter and directed by Eric Hoff at Theater on the Lake, Fullerton Avenue and Lake Shore Drive. Performance schedule is now Wednesday-Friday, July 25-27 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, July 28 at 3 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, July 29 at 6:30 p.m.

Jul 05, 2012 10:47 AM

Fire it up; Carefully! Save the Trees & Parks from Hot Coals & Potential Fires!

The Chicago Park District, Chicago Fire Department and Forest Preserve District of Cook County would like to remind park and forest preserve visitors not to dump hot coals at the base of the trees or in areas where fires could ignite, especially during this unusually hot and dry summer season. The very dry conditions we are now experiencing make it more important than ever to discard hot coals in the appropriate manner.

Jun 29, 2012 04:41 PM

Park District Hosts NikeFuel House, Basketball Court in South Lincoln Park

The Chicago Park District hosts the NikeFuel House, 1800 N. Stockton, and the seasonal NikeFuel House basketball court in south Lincoln Park, offering the community new ways to engage in recreation through Nike digital innovations.

Jun 28, 2012 10:58 AM

Light Projection Exhibit Commemorates 2011 Conservatory Hail Storm Damage

Projected light on the dome of the Garfield Park Conservatory reflects the shapes of 65,000 shattered panes of glass from the hailstorm of June 30, 2011. The light installation exhibit by artist and graduate of School of the Art Institute of Chicago Annette Elliot will be on display from sunset to sunrise from June 30 - July 7 to commemorate the devastation left behind by the hailstorm last year.

Jun 12, 2012 03:50 PM

Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Chicago Park District and The Boeing Company present CHICAGO SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST), Chicago Park District and The Boeing Company announced today plans to bring Shakespeare, FREE FOR ALL, to community parks across the City of Chicago this summer. From Portage Park to Humboldt Park and Austin to South Shore, this summer from July 29 to August 19, Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks will break down barriers to arts participation and give Chicagoans direct access to their City’s cultural resources by bringing free Shakespeare performances into their ​

Jun 07, 2012 12:42 PM

Chicago Park District Opens Newest Harbor at 31st St. Offering Numerous Amenities for the Neighborhood

Representatives from the Chicago Park District, elected officials, community members and dozens of boat enthusiasts dedicated Chicago’s 10th harbor at 31st St. this morning. The newly developed area is adjacent to 31st St. Beach and features numerous amenities for the neighborhood, including a state-of-art playground as well as green space.

Jun 06, 2012 03:19 PM the city? Garfield Park Conservatory Hosts Goats This Summer

This summer goats can be seen "browsing" at Garfield Park Conservatory's City Garden! Once a month for a week this summer, visitors can catch a glimpse of goats helping to naturally weed the back City Garden.

May 25, 2012 08:32 AM

Kids Get Down and Dirty with Nature at Family Adventure Day June 3

The Chicago Park District invites families to get down and dirty with nature at Family Adventure Day from 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 3 at Northerly Island, 1400 S. Linn White Dr., on the Museum Campus. The event is admission free and will officially kick-off Chicago Wilderness’ June, Leave No Child Inside month.

May 22, 2012 04:32 PM

Chicago Park District Improves Beach Monitoring for 2012 Season

New for the 2012 beach season, the Chicago Park District will provide beach goers with real-time water quality results at 16 out of 24 designated swim beaches, beginning with the start of swim season on Friday, May 25 and running through Monday, Sept. 3.

May 21, 2012 12:51 PM

Get Wild About Nature at the City Wilds Festival at North Park Village Nature Center

North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski, celebrates Chicago’s backyard biodiversity during its annual “City Wilds Festival” on Saturday, June 9 with special hours from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., and Sunday, June 10 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

May 16, 2012 04:43 PM

Qualified Families Can Apply for Financial Assistance Now Through June 11

The Chicago Park District has limited funds available to provide financial assistance for families who qualify and wish to enroll in the summer day camp program. Deadline to apply for financial assistance is Monday, June 11. Financial assistance is only available to City of Chicago residents.

May 16, 2012 11:15 AM

Lakefront Trail Closure Information Due to NATO Summit

The Lakefront Trail will be closed on Saturday, May 19 through 6 p.m. on Monday, May 21 from Balbo Avenue to 39th Street due to the NATO Summit.

May 11, 2012 04:07 PM

Chicago Park District Announces Schedule for the 12th Annual Movies in the Parks Series

The Chicago Park District’s 12th annual Movies in the Parks series kicks off Monday, June 11 and will feature 176 screenings of current and classic movies in 128 citywide parks through Oct. 26. The series is presented by Charter One. Admission is free, and all movies begin at dusk weather permitting. Patrons can call the Movies in the Parks hotline for daily listings and updated weather-related cancellations at 312-742-1134.

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May 11, 2012 02:16 PM

Winners Announced for Chicago Park District's 2011-2012 Nature in Chicago Amateur Photo Contest

The Chicago Park District recently announced the winners for the 2nd biannual Nature in Chicago Amateur Photo Contest & Exhibition. The Chicago Park District’s nature areas program hosted a photography contest of nature in Chicago to illustrate the natural beauty and biological diversity that exists within our own city. Four winning photos were selected in each category for a total of 16 photos to be included in the traveling exhibit.

May 10, 2012 12:45 PM

May 2012 Park TV Calendar

Grab your calendar and find out what's going on this month at your local parks.

May 03, 2012 02:50 PM

Theater on the Lake Celebrates 60th Season

Sun-Times: Chicago’s enduring summer theater festival, Theater on the Lake, housed in the building at Fullerton Avenue and Lake Shore Drive, is gearing up to celebrate its 60th season.

May 03, 2012 02:44 PM

Theater on the Lake Announces 2012 Season

Time Out Chicago: The Chicago Park District today announced the 2012 slate for Theater on the Lake. Co-curators Michael Patrick Thornton and Meghan Beals McCarthy selected eight recent theater productions from around the city to be remounted for one week each at the open-air facility at Fullerton Avenue and Lake Shore Drive, with highlights including the Inconvenience's recent hot ticket Hit the Wall, the Building Stage's percussive adaptation of Moby-Dick and Redtwist's Jeff-nominated Opus.

May 03, 2012 02:35 PM

SWEET CONFINEMENT Set for Theatre on the Lake Summer 2012 Season

Broadway World: The Chicago Park District’s Theater on the Lake: The Chicago Summer Theater Festival turns 60 this year and is proud to announce the eight artistically diverse Chicago theater companies that will receive encore presentations from June 13 – Aug. 5, 2012. Each production will be performed for five evenings only at the theater at Fullerton Avenue and Lake Shore Drive.

May 03, 2012 02:30 PM

Theater on the Lake will put on 'Hit the Wall' this summer

Chicago Tribune: Theater on the Lake, the Chicago Park District-sponsored enterprise offering semi-outdoor shows at Fullerton Avenue on the shore of Lake Michigan, has announced its 2012 season, including another chance to see the sold-out show "Hit the Wall" by The Inconvenience, the Ike Holter drama about the Stonewall riots that sparked long lines of potential patrons this spring outside the Steppenwolf Garage Theatre.

Apr 30, 2012 01:18 PM

Release of the 2012-2016 Capital Improvement Plan

Each year, the Chicago Park District develops a 5-Year plan of capital projects and District-wide programs in the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).

Apr 13, 2012 08:44 PM

Chicago's Ida Crown Natatorium still makes a splash

Delightfully modern swimming: Midcentury pool still makes a splash.

Apr 13, 2012 07:48 PM

April Calendar On Park TV

Grab your calendar and find out what's going in your local parks.

Apr 06, 2012 07:40 PM

Watch Live Meetings - Board of Commissioners, April 11, 2012

The Committee on Administration will be held on Wednesday April 11, 2012 in the 8th Floor Board Room of the Administration Building at 541 North Fairbanks Court, Chicago, Illinois 60611 at 10:30 a.m. The Committee on Capital Improvements will be held on Wednesday April 11, 2012 in the 8th Floor Board Room of the Administration Building at 541 North Fairbanks Court, Chicago, Illinois 60611 at 10:35 a.m.

Apr 03, 2012 04:31 PM

On-line Registration for Citywide Summer Day Camps and Programs Begins April 9

Registration for the Chicago Park District’s summer day camps and programs begins online Monday, April 9 at 9 a.m. at Patrons who would like to enroll their family members must first create an online account. Summer program offerings can currently be viewed online and wish lists can be created. In-person registration at most local parks begins Saturday, April 14.

Apr 01, 2012 10:32 AM

Celebrate the Earth with the Chicago Park District and Friends of the Parks!

Join the Chicago Park District, Friends of the Parks and a couple hundred volunteers to celebrate Earth Day activities at various park locations and dates throughout Chicago. Help give back to the earth by participating in a community park clean-up event or celebration.

Mar 20, 2012 09:24 AM

New Series of Free Healthy Lifestyle Classes to Be Offered at Humboldt Park

The Chicago Park District is partnering with the MEND Foundation to launch an admission free, 10-week healthy lifestyle program open to families with children ages 7-13 who are above a healthy weight at Humboldt Park, 1400 N. Sacramento Ave., Wednesdays 6-8 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.-12 p.m. from April 11-June 16.

Mar 16, 2012 05:37 PM

Jackson Park is Now Open for Golf!

Winter is winding down and Jackson Park, the perfect location for your golf outing, is open again!


5th Annual Garfield Park Conservatory St. Patricks Day Pond Dye

The Garfield Park Conservatory will be dyeing their ponds green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day for the fifth year in a row. Remote-controlled toy boats will be used to help stir the dye, replicating the time-honored St. Patrick’s Day tradition of dyeing the Chicago River.

Mar 01, 2012 07:48 PM

March Calendar On Park TV

Grab your calendar and find out what's going in your local parks.

Mar 01, 2012 07:48 PM

Create Your Chicago Park District Account On Park TV

Want to register for a Chicago Park District program? Make sure you create an account first.


Chicago Park District Youth Gymnasts Compete in Tumbling & Trampoline Competition March 3-4

120 Chicago Park District female and male athletes ages 7-17 compete in the U.S.A. Gymnastics tumbling and trampoline meet Saturday, March 3 and Sunday, March 4.


Public Input Forum for People with Disabilities

The Chicago Park District is hosting a series of listening sessions to receive public input on ways our programs, facilities and information can be more accessible to the disabled community. Please join us at one of these regional forums.

Feb 23, 2012 03:04 PM

Soldier Field Hosts 9th Annual Spring Egg-Stravaganza March 31

More than 4,000 adults and children are expected at the 9th annual Spring Egg-Stravaganza, the largest free candy grab in Chicago featuring 2,000 lbs. of goodies on the field at Soldier Field Stadium, 1410 S. Museum Campus Dr., Saturday, March 31. A ticketed breakfast will be held at the United Club from 8:30-10 a.m. An admission-free festival begins at 9 a.m. and the candy grab on the field follows at 10 a.m.

Feb 08, 2012 04:33 PM

Fleurotica Hits the Catwalk at New Location in West Loop Neighborhood

Fleurotica, where flowers meet fashion, hits the runway once again, but at a new location, Venue One on 1044 W. Randolph, in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood, dazzling both fashionistas and flower enthusiasts on Friday, March 23 from 6:30 – midnight.

Feb 03, 2012 12:00 PM

Chicago Park District & South Shore Opera Company Present Excerpts from The March: A Civil Rights Opera

The Chicago Park District and the South Shore Opera Company present an admission-free performance featuring excerpts from The March: A Civil Rights Opera by librettist Alan Marshall and composer Jonathan Stinson on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 4 p.m. at the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Dr. The event is one of several Black History Month events in Chicago parks. Click here for a full listing.​

Jan 30, 2012 04:28 PM

Chicago Park District and Civic Orchestra of Chicago Present In the Park with Civic, Free Concerts in Select Field Houses

The Chicago Park District and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago announce the 2012 lineup for In the Park with Civic, an admission-free concert series of interactive and educational performances at select field houses Feb. 3-May 11. Families with children ages 5 and up are encouraged to attend.

Jan 25, 2012 04:32 PM

Celebrate Valentine's Day in the Parks with Dances & Parties

The Chicago Park District celebrates Valentine’s Day in February with numerous dances and parties throughout the city including the traditional daddy-daughter/mommy-son dances. Most events feature recorded music, refreshments, photo opportunities, games and an arts and crafts station.

Jan 25, 2012 02:43 PM

Chicago Park District & Jazz Institute of Chicago Celebrate 15th Anniversary of JazzCity

The Chicago Park District and the Jazz Institute of Chicago proudly announce the 15th anniversary season for JazzCity, an admission-free concert series featuring world-class performers at various neighborhood parks throughout the city on select Fridays, Feb. 10 – Dec. 7.

Jan 25, 2012 11:59 AM

2012 Gardening Events & Workshops at Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse

Discover the wonderful world of nature! Spark your curiosity and explore the fun and educational offerings at Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse, 3501 N. Kilbourn Ave., the Chicago Park District’s only park with a teaching greenhouse. Register in-person at the park.

Jan 23, 2012 02:52 PM

Celebrate Black History Month in February 2012

The Chicago Park District commemorates Black History Month in February 2012 with various interdisciplinary events. Most programs are admission free or charge nominal fees. Many activities are geared toward the entire family. Please contact each individual park for additional information or visit​

Jan 19, 2012 01:57 PM

First Signs of Spring in Chicago Take Root Jan. 21 at Lincoln Park Conservatory

Spring is just around the corner! The first signs of spring take root in Chicago with more than 300 blooming flowers at the Spring Flower Show. Admission is free.

Jan 19, 2012 01:43 PM

Ring in the Chinese New Year at Garfield Park Conservatory's Reopening of the Last 2 Rooms Affected by the June 2011 Hailstorm

Ring in the Chinese New Year by joining dragon dancers of the Chicago Chinese Cultural Center in a celebratory procession marking the reopening of the Aroid House and Desert House affected by the June 2011 hailstorm.

Jan 19, 2012 01:36 PM

Tap into the Sap at North Park Village Nature Center's Maple Syrup Festival March 24-25

Discover how sap is tapped from maple trees at the Maple Syrup Festival at North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski Road on Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. No registration is required and the event is free for all ages.

Jan 13, 2012 04:07 PM

All Patrons Must First Create an Account Before Registering for Programs

The Chicago Park District kicked off 2012 with a new website and program registration system. With the new system, all patrons who wish to register for a program, membership or event, must first create an account at New accounts can be created online now.


Board Meeting Webcast

Click here at 1030 AM and at 4 PM on Jan 11, 2011 to view the Committee and Board meetings.

Nov 16, 2011 03:21 PM

Snowshoe and Cross Country Ski at Northerly Island


Nov 16, 2011 03:17 PM

Celebrate the New Season at North Park Village Nature Center


Oct 14, 2011 03:52 PM

Take the Field Initiative Opens 3 Public Athletic Fields in Underserved Areas

Funded by Public-Private Resources, Field Fees Waived for Community Youth Groups

Oct 06, 2011 01:49 PM

Rescue Homeless Garfield Park Conservatory Plants

Plant Rescue Sale - Sat., Oct. 22 From 9 A.m. – 2 P.m.

Oct 01, 2011 04:00 PM

It's All about the Bees at the Garfield Park Conservatory

”Show Me the Honey” at 4th Annual Bee Forum Saturday, November 19

Sep 27, 2011 02:24 PM

Discover Outdoor Fun at Fall Adventure Day on Northerly Island

Saturday, October 1 From 10 A.m. – 2 P.m.

Sep 27, 2011 02:13 PM

20th Annual Harvest Festival at North Park Village Nature Center

Saturday & Sunday, October 10 & 11 From 10 A.m. to 3 P.m.

Sep 08, 2011 04:03 PM

Take Your Best Shot!

Park District Hosts "Nature in Chicago" Digital Photography Contest & Exhibition

Aug 24, 2011 02:35 PM

14th Annual Lincoln Park Art Faire Sept. 10 - 11

Art Vendors, an Open-Air Studio and Live Music

Aug 24, 2011 02:31 PM

Circus in the Parks Expands Tour for 2011

Amazing Feats of Fundraising!

Aug 23, 2011 03:04 PM

11th Annual Garfield Park Conservatory County Fair

Saturday, Sept. 17 From 11a.m. – 4 P.m.

Aug 17, 2011 03:08 PM

Junior Bear Football Kicks off August 20

The Chicago Park District’s Junior Bear Football program celebrates its 63rd season

Aug 03, 2011 03:26 PM

Special Buckingham Fountain Hours During Lollapalooza Aug. 5-7

Additional Recreational Areas That Fall Within the Festival Footprint Also Temporarily Unavailable

Aug 01, 2011 03:33 PM

Park District Youth Screen Their Documentary Music Videos at Gene Siskel Film Center Aug. 3-4

Screening Culminates the Inferno Mobile Recording Studio Day Camp

Jul 19, 2011 03:41 PM

Chicago Park District Issues Temporary Swim Bans Due to Dense Fog and Low Visibility

The Chicago Park District issued a temporary swim ban at all beaches, except for 12thStreet Beach, due to dense fog and low visibility as a safety precaution. Once the fog dissipates, the swim bans will be lifted.

Jul 19, 2011 03:40 PM

Beat the Heat at Local Chicago Park District Pools & Water Playgrounds

Cool off this summer at the Chicago Park District’s numerous pools and water parks that are now open through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5.

Jul 13, 2011 03:44 PM

Professional and Emerging Dancers Perform in Admission Free Dance in the Parks Series July 19-28

The Chicago Park District presents the third season of Dance in the Parks, performances by professional dance companies outdoors on four dates and locations July 19-28.

Jul 06, 2011 03:49 PM

Taste of Chicago 2011 Served Family Friendly Fun for All Ages

Safe, Family-Friendly Event

Jun 17, 2011 03:51 PM

Soul Asylum Headlines Bud Light Concert June 25 at Taste of Chicago's Petrillo Music Shell

Midwest rock favorites Soul Asylum rounds out the lineup at the Petrillo Music Shell Saturday, June 25 as part of the Taste of Chicago that runs June 24-July 3 in Grant Park. Rare Earth opens in this concert presented by Bud Light.

Jun 06, 2011 03:58 PM

Taste of Chicago Preview Offers Diverse Samplings From 9 Vendors at Daley Plaza

Nine Taste of Chicago vendors serve up the following from their menu. Prices range from $3-$6 for individual items. Beverages will also be available for purchase from $2-$3. Cash only.

Jun 06, 2011 03:56 PM

Taste of Chicago 2011 Offers Activities for All Ages

Midnight Circus at the Family Village & Target’s Giant Sandbox at the Playground

Jun 06, 2011 03:53 PM

Giada De Laurentiis Headlines Dozens of Chefs Featured at Dominick's Cooking Corner

Emmy-award winning television personality, author and celebrated chef, Giada De Laurentiis headlines the Dominick’s Cooking Corner at this year’s Taste of Chicago in Grant Park. Presented by Bella Sera Wines of Italy, De Laurentiis will grace the kitchen stage Friday, July 1 at 2:30 p.m. to prepare some of her famous recipes.

Jun 02, 2011 04:05 PM

What's Out There Weekend - June 11-12 - Free Two-Day Celebration of Chicago's Parks & Gardens

On June 11- 12 in Chicago, The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF), in collaboration with Chicago Park District, will host What’s Out There Weekend Chicago, providing residents and visitors an opportunity to discover and explore twenty?five free, publicly accessible sites in the Windy City.

Jun 02, 2011 04:02 PM

The Mediterranean & Roberto Burle-Marx Inspire Grant Park's Outdoor Garden Display

The Chicago Park District’s annual garden displays in Chicago’s “front yard” of Grant Park will not only be filled with a unique array of flora but also incorporates design elements that adds color and structure to the usual floral splendor. Grant Park, this year, will feature gardens inspired by the Mediterranean and Roberto Burle-Marx, the father of modern landscape design.

Jun 01, 2011 04:06 PM

Dads Get a Shot at Kicking a Field Goal at Soldier Field as Part of Father's Day Brunch

Soldier Field hosts its fourth annual Father’s Day Brunch to honor Chicago’s finest dads Sunday, June 19 at the United Club at the stadium, 1410 S. Museum Campus Dr. The five-star brunch will be one of two times during the year when the United Club’s fine dining is open to the public. In addition to treating dad to a premium brunch, families will be welcomed onto the stadium’s field to watch and take photos as all the dads get their chance at kicking a field goal.

May 20, 2011 04:10 PM

Park District Offers a Variety of Ways to Get Active This Summer at Citywide Parks

From concerts and theater along the lakefront to movies in your local park, the Chicago Park District offers dozens of opportunities to get out and active this summer. For more information about the Chicago Park District, visit or call (312) 742-PLAY.

May 13, 2011 04:19 PM

Taste of Chicago 2011 Concert Lineup Highlights Mix of Renowned Artists at Petrillo Music Shell

In addition to catering to a variety of palettes, the Taste of Chicago in Grant Park treats music lovers’ ears to a daily, diverse lineup of internationally renowned and local artists from June 24 - July 3, 2011, at the Petrillo Music Shell.

May 13, 2011 04:12 PM

Illinois Lottery Taste Stage Features the Best Local Talent at Taste of Chicago 2011

Taste of Chicago 2011 will showcase an eclectic mix of the local music scene at the Illinois Lottery Taste Stage each day of the festival with admission-free concerts in Grant Park, June 24 - July 3, 2011.

May 04, 2011 04:22 PM

Taste of Chicago 2011 Serves Variety and Value From 59 Vendors Dishing Out Something for Everyone

Sample culinary offerings from Chicago’s various neighborhoods this summer as 59 restaurants participating in Taste of Chicago 2011 serve a diverse menu in Grant Park June 24-July 3. Many new items are being offered this year from both new and returning restaurants providing Taste attendees with an endless array of options in one location.

May 03, 2011 04:26 PM

Chicago's Austin Town Hall Park Needs Your Help to Win a Free Makeover

Vote Now Through June 17, 2011 Everyday at

Apr 26, 2011 04:31 PM

Sample Beer Under Glass at the Garfield Park Conservatory

Proceeds From Event Will Benefit Conservatory Public Programs & Education Initiatives

Apr 26, 2011 04:29 PM

Kids Get Down and Dirty With Nature at Family Adventure Day

Event Kicks off Chicago Wilderness’ June Leave No Child Inside Month

Apr 13, 2011 04:33 PM

Join the Chicago Park District at the Arbor Day Celebration at Jackson Park's Wooded Island April 30

Thousands trees call Chicago’s parks their home. This year, the Chicago Park District will be celebrating those trees at the Arbor Day Celebration at Jackson Park’s Wooded Island (just south of Museum of Science and Industry)on Saturday, April 30 from noon until 2 p.m. The event is free for families with children 12 and under. Registration is required by calling 312.742.4914.

Apr 04, 2011 04:41 PM

Theater on the Lake Announces 2011 Season of Revived Productions From Local Companies

Season Kicks off June 15 With the Improvised Shakespeare Company

Apr 04, 2011 04:38 PM

Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse Plant Sale

Vegetable Seedlings for Sale - May 14 &15, 2011

Mar 22, 2011 04:47 PM

19th Annual Green and Growing Fair at Garfield Park Conservatory

Kick off the growing season at the 19th Annual Green and Growing Fair on Saturday, April 30th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave. The fair is free to attend with nominal fees for various workshops and activities.

Mar 11, 2011 04:55 PM

Park District Hosts Egg Hunts at Soldier Field and Local Parks

Egg-Stravaganza April 17 Is City’s Largest Free Candy Grab

Mar 08, 2011 04:56 PM

4th Annual Garfield Park Conservatory St. Patrick's Day Pond Dye

Conservatory Staff Dyes Ponds Green With the Help of Toy Boats

Mar 01, 2011 04:58 PM

Chicago Park District Facilities Closed for Mandatory Shut Down Day on Pulaski Day: Monday, March 7

The Chicago Park District administrative offices and facilities will be closed on Pulaski Day, Monday, March 7 for a mandatory shut down day, necessary to balance the current budget.

Feb 23, 2011 05:00 PM

Soldier Field Hosts 8th Annual Spring Egg-Stravaganza

Festivities Include Ticketed Brunch and Admission-Free Festival & Candy Grab

Feb 10, 2011 05:23 PM

City Taking New Approach to 2011 Taste of Chicago

Park District to Manage Event; Incorporate Four Music Fests

Feb 04, 2011 05:20 PM

Chicago Park District Works to Restore Access to Parks, Lakefront Trail

Due to recent snow storms, and the relocation of snow from lakeshore drive, various portions of the Lakefront Trail from Hollywood (5800 N) through Rainbow Beach (7700 S) may be difficult to access. ​

Feb 01, 2011 05:18 PM

Chicago Parks Commemorate Influential African Americans Impacting the City's History

Park District Celebrates Black History in Community Parks

Jan 27, 2011 05:17 PM

Snow Trekking Fun With Snowshoes & Cross Country Skis at Northerly Island

Plus, You Can Make Your Own Snowshoes on Sat., Feb. 19 for $20!

Jan 26, 2011 05:15 PM

In the Park With Civic Features Musicians From the Civic Orchestra of Chicago at Local Parks

Admission-Free Concerts Run Through May 13

Jan 21, 2011 01:21 PM

Celebrate Black History Month in February 2011

The Chicago Park District commemorates Black History Month in February 2011 with various interdisciplinary events. Most programs are admission free or charge nominal fees. Many activities are geared toward the entire family. Please contact each individual park for additional information.

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