Programs & Services for Veterans

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Chicago Park District & Veterans and Active Military: Serving those who have served.

In the spirit of “serving those who have served,” the Chicago Park District offers new, free sports and arts programs specifically for U.S. veterans and active military personnel, as well as a series of veteran’s resource fairs, this fall and winter at select citywide fieldhouses.

In addition to the new programs, all programs offered by the Chicago Park District are free for active military personnel. Immediate family members receive a 10% discount on program fees. Learn more.

For more information, suggestions or comments about Veterans programs, contact Modie Lavin of the Chicago Park District at (312)745-1958 or


Veterans Archery at Oriole Park
Mondays, 10am-12pm (starts January 5)
Oriole Park, 5430 N. Olcott Ave.
FREE (DD214 required)
Veterans and Active Military interested in archery are invited to enroll in this free program. Class sessions will instruct basic archery skills including fundamentals, marksmanship, safety and various shooting styles. All equipment is provided at this indoor programs.

More information: Modie Lavin at 312-745-1958 or


Veterans Archery at Palmer Park
Tuesdays, 1:30-3:30pm (starts January 6)
Palmer Park, 201 E. 111th St.
FREE (DD214 required)
Same program as at Oriole Park; all equipment is provided at this indoor program.

More information: Modie Lavin at 312-745-1958 or



Veterans Resource Fair 2014

Left to right:
Will Schmutz, Director, Counsel of   Veteran Affairs;
John Daley, Cook County Board of   Commissioners;
Modie Lavin, Program Facilitator for Veterans, Chicago Park District;
Joe Bazil, Outreach Coordinator, Jesse Brown VA; 
Corey Parr (back row). Program Facilitator, Chicago Park District











The Chicago Park District offers a discount to military families (Oct. 2014)
Valor Games Midwest on CBS Radio Chicago (Aug. 2014)
Veterans programs on Chicago @ Play TV show (Feb. 2014)
Modie Lavin Receives Certificate of Appreciation from Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago (Aug. 2014) - see below


Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago awards Modie Lavin with certificate of appreciation for her commitment and dedication to the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center and the Veterans serverd. Congratulations Modie!

Left to right:
Erin Rule-Miller, Manager of Recreation Therapy & Wellness, Jesse Brown VA;
Modie Lavin, Chicago Park District;
Joe Bazil, Director of Outreach, Jesse Brown VA;
Valerie Creedon, Director of OEF/OIF (Afghanistan and Iraq) veterans, Jesse Brown VA