Media Permits

Filming and Photography

A Media Permit is required for any of the following activities occurring on Chicago Park District property:

  • Filming for commercial use
  • Photography for commercial use (e.g., advertising, catalog photos, publication, etc.)
  • Filming or Photography for documentary or Web-based media
  • Filming or photography for non-commercial use (e.g., engagement or wedding photos)
  • Filming or photography for student project use (student applicants must be currently enrolled in an accredited school to obtain a student media permit)

How to apply for a Media Permit:

1. Choose a Chicago Park District location, date and time
2. Download the Chicago Park District 2013 Media Permit Application 
3. Complete and submit a Chicago Park District Media Permit Application (3 options):

(A) Complete online and submit electronically
(B) Mail (U.S. mail) or hand deliver to:

Chicago Park District
Department of Park Services
541 N. Fairbanks Ct., 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611

(C) Fax to the Department of Park Services: (312) 742-6038

Please note: it is recommended that you contact the Department of Park Services to confirm that your application has been received, or if you any additional questions: (312) 742-5369.

News Media Confirmation Permit

If you would like to conduct a professional journalism-based activity to take place on park property, please contact the Chicago Park District Department of Communications at 312-742-4786.