Program Policies & Procedures

The following policies and procedures apply to all Chicago Park District programs.

Non-Chicago Resident Fees
Anyone can register for a park program; however, fees are doubled for non-Chicago residents.

Family Discount
When patrons register for two or more family members in programs with the teen, youth, or early childhood age group labels on the same receipt, the most expensive program is full price and the additional programs are discounted by 10%.  Discount is available for online and in-person orders, but cannot be combined with other discount programs (Financial Assistance, military, senior, or CHA).  All family members should be included in the same family account in the registration system to qualify.

Military Discount
Active-duty military personnel qualify for a full discount of all Chicago Park District programs and memberships, and dependents/immediate family members qualify for a 10% discount.  Proof of active-duty status is required when registering.  Acceptable proof includes the CAC card (Common Access Card) for active-duty and reserves, and the DD Form 1173 for dependents.  Since proof of status is required, this discount is only available for in-person registration (it is not available for online orders), and it cannot be combined with other discount programs (family, senior, CHA, DCFS). All family members should be entered into one account on the registration system.

Senior Discount
For seniors (age 60 and over) classes are free or half price.  Programs that are for seniors only, are free.  Adult programs (for age 18+) are half price.  This discount will be applied automatically when registering online.  The discount will also be applied when registering in-person at the parks.

Exact Change
Exact change is required when registering for a program, membership or event in-person at the parks.

Refund & Cancellation Policy
A 15% service charge will be deducted from all refunds and cancellations. This includes duplicate and accidental registrations. All refund requests must be made in-person at the park where the program is being held, at least two weeks before the program’s scheduled start date. The Chicago Park District program receipt is required for a refund to be processed. No refund requests will be accepted after the two week point. Please allow up to six weeks for your refund to be processed.

Financial Assistance Program

The Chicago Park District has limited funds available to provide financial assistance for families who wish to enroll in the summer day camp program. Learn more.


Medical Related Policies
The Park District is committed to recreational opportunities for all children in the City of Chicago. In the interest of participation and enjoyment for Chicago youth, the Chicago Park District provides the following mediacl realted policies: