Programs & Services for Veterans

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 to all 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.

“We are honored to support our veterans and active military personnel,” said Michael P. Kelly, General Superintendent and CEO of the Chicago Park District. “We encourage them to explore our programs and to offer suggestions on how we can further assist them and their families.”

In addition to the new programs, active military personnel and their family members can choose from the Chicago Park District’s thousands of offerings in sports and fitness plus cultural and environmental programs for all ages. The Chicago Park District waives program fees for active military personnel. In addition, their immediate family members will receive a 10 percent discount on program fees. For more information, click here.

Military personnel must register in person for programs at their local park and show proof of active duty status, or a copy of their DD214. Spouses must also register in person and present their identification.

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

Chicago Park District VETERANS FLYER

The Chicago Park District offers a discount to military families!



Online registration begins:
Monday, August 4th @ 9am for parks located WEST of California Ave.
Tuesday, August 5th @ 9am for parks located EAST of California Ave.

In-Person registration begins:
Saturday, August 9th for most parks. Some parks begin In-Person registration on Monday, August 11th.

An account is required to register for Chicago Park District programs.  Create one now.

Veterans: Please check back periodically for upcoming programs and special events for Spring & Summer 2015...

Fall session programs

Archery at Palmer Park -- FREE!
Tuesdays, 1:30-3:30pm
September 23 to December 2
Palmer Park, 201 E. 111th St., 312.747.6577

Boxing at Davis Square Park -- FREE!
Wednesday, November 5, 7-8:30pm
Wednesday, November 12, 7-8:30pm
Davis Square Park, 4430 S. Marshfield Ave., 312.747.6107

Veterans Woodcraft Class at Shabbona Park -- FREE!
Master the skills of woodworking: measuring, designing, cutting and sanding. No experience necessary! Wednesdays 2-4pm at Shabbona Park (6935 W. Addison St., 773.685.6205) for 10 weeks starting September 17.
Must register with the class instructor and present DD214.
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Winter session programs 

Archery at Oriole Park
Mondays, January 5 to March 9
Oriole Park, 5430 N. Olcott Ave., 773.631.6197

Archery at Palmer Park
Tuesdays, January 6 to March 8
Palmer Park, 201 E. 111th St., 312.747.6577

Open Gym for Veterans
Wednesdays, January 7 to March 10
Park 560, 412 W. Chicago Ave., 312.742.2410

Veterans One Day Events for fall and winter sessions

Female Veterans Wellness Event
Friday, December 19, 10am-1 pm
Fosco Park, 1312 S. Racine Ave., 312.746.5086

Veterans Resource Fair
Saturday, January 17, 10am-1pm
Mann Park, 2949 E. 131st St., 773.646.0210


The Chicago Park District offers a discount to military families (Oct. 2014)
Valor Games Midwest on FOX 32 (Aug. 2014)
Valor Games Midwest on CBS Radio Chicago (Aug. 2014)
Veterans programs on Chicago @ Play TV show (Feb. 2014)


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


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