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 Maribel Mejia of the Chicago Park District at 312.745.2062 or


The City of Chicago's Veterans Resource Office is a one stop clearing house designed to provide assistance for better living and health services to veterans of the United States armed forces and their surviving spouses. Visit the website here.


March 2016:  Robert Gonzalez


Robert Gonzalez is the Chicago Park District veteran of the month for March 2016.  Learn more about Robert.


Past Awardees:



Operation: Ruck 22
22k Ruck March on Chicago Lakefront Trail
May 27, 2016, 0930-1900
South Shore Cultural Center

Registraion is FREE for veterans, active duty and supporters.
(1) Create and account with the Chicago Park District HERE
2) Contact Chicago Park District staff to complete registration
     Maribel Mejia, 312.745.2062 or
    Adam Tirres, 312.745.1958 or

Hosted by the Chicago Park District and the Ropad Home Program at Rush. Supported by the Jesse Brown VA.
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World Sport Chicago helps wounded veterans stay active with the Valor Games Midwest, 
a competion designed for wounded veterans.

Our Maribel Meija was interviewed on NBC 5, watch the clip here.



Veterans Resource Fair 

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