Programs for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing

This Chicago Park District specializes in serving the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing community throughout Chicago. The parks offer year-round programming to meet the recreational needs of individuals who are or who have all types of hearing loss, from early childhood through adulthood.

For more information:
Sarah B. Faber, Program Specialist
773.796.3525 (Direct Video Phone & Voice)

Timothy Owens, Special Recreation Coordinator
773.273.6617 (Direct Video Phone & Voice)

All Year Programs & Summer Camps

Mom, Dad & Toddlers
Art & ABC's
ASL Story Time
Fun & Games
Parents & Tots Sports
Lil' Campers, summer day camp

Youth & Teen Programs
Citywide Seasonal Sports
Fun & Games
Nature & Art
Pre-Teen Club

Teen Leadership Club
Indoor Swimming
Summer Day Camps; Camp Sign, Sports Camp, Camp Sign Adventures & Teen Leadership

Citywide Track & Field Spring Event (associated with schools)
Cubs Care: Pitch, Hit, Run & Catch (associated with schools) 

Adult Ceramics
For individuals with all types of hearing loss, visual impairment and intellectual disabilities.

Judo Program
For individuals with all types of hearing loss, and for individuals who are deaf & blind.

Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing Men & Women's Basketball programs
Our teams: Chicago Rebels, Chicago Ravens & Lady Panthers compete on a competitive level and scrimmages. The teams participate in local Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing basketball tournaments as well in Regional & National Tournaments.

American Sign Language Class for Adults & Youth
Learn the basic course of American Sign Language


FALL Programs
Begins the week of September 11th and includes 13 sessions

Horner Park, 2741 W. Montrose Ave

Youth American Sign Language Class
Tuesdays, 5:30-6:15pm
$21 one-time fee
Must bring own book or purchase at the park; Signing for Kids (ISBN 978.0.399.53320.4)

Adult American Sign Language I
Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm
$52 one-time fee
Must bring own book, A Basic Course in American Sign Language, 2nd Edition (ISBN# 0.832666.42.6)

Judo Program
For individuals with primary diagnosis of blindness or visual impairment & have all type of hearing loss.
Thursdays, 7-8:30pm
FREE, ages 15 & up
Please contact Timothy Owens if interested in joining this class.

Early Childhood Programs
Saturdays, parents/caretakers are encouraged to attend
$7 per class, ages 3-5
Art & ABC's, 9:30-10:15am
ASL Story Time, 10:15-10:45am
Parents & Tots Sports, 11-11:45am

Youth Programs
$7 per class, ages 6-12
Fun & Games, 12:30-1:45pm
Arts & Crafts, 1:45-3pm
Seasonal Sports, 3-4:30pm

Youth Swim
Every other Saturday: 9/23, 10/07, 10/21, 11/04, & 11/18
Welles Park, 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave
Free, ages 6-12
Please register for Swim in person at Horner Park

Blackhawk Park, 2318 N Lavergne Avenue
High School Friday Programs
Basketball, Volleyball & other Fun Games
Friday, 3-5pm & 6-7pm

Social Club
Friday, 5-6pm
$5: one-time fee

Friday, 7-8pm

Athletic Park, 3546 W. Addison Street
DeafBlind Adult Ceramics 
For individuals with primary diagnosis of blindness/visual impairment and have all type of hearing loss.
Thursday, 2-4pm
$13 one-time fee. Seniors age 60 & over receive a 50% discount

Deaf Adult Ceramics 
For individuals with primary intellectual disability and have all types of hearing loss.
Friday, 12-2pm
$13 one-time fee. Seniors age 60 & over receive a 50% discount

Sauganash Park, 5861 N. Kostner Avenue
New Game of Pickleball 
A racquet sport which combines elements of badminton tennis and table tennis. Players will learn the basic skills, rules and fundamentals of the game

Wednesday, 1pm-3:30pm
$5 one-time fee, ages 45 and up

Special Events
Chicago KIDS & Parents
All deaf and hard-of-hearing youth & hearing siblings, and their families, as well as hearing youth of deaf parents (up to age 14) will be in for fun-filled programs of special events happening within the city of Chicago; held every third Saturday or Sunday of each month.
Oct. 21: Family Pumpkin Patch
Nov. 19: Family Bowling
Dec. 16: WinterFest at Navy Pier

D.A.D.D.S. Dads Among Dads of Deaf Students
A unique opportunity for deaf and hard of hearing youth & teens with their dads, granddads, uncles, or other men in their lives participating in some fun-filled activities of special events happening within the city.
Dec. 10: Waveland Bowling

For more information about the Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing Park Programs & Special Events, please contact Sarah B. Faber at 773.796.3525 (Direct Video Phone & Voice) or

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