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 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 Mission Continues Platoons repair and update Bynum Island's Teambuilding course
Saturday, July 18th

The Mission Continues empowers veterans facing the challenge of adjusting to life at home to find new missions. They redeploy veterans in their communities, so that their shared legacy will be one of action and service.

The group selected Bynum Island, to help the community, as well as support the goals of a team building course. 

They recruited 300 veteran volunteers, who cleaned, built items, painted, and removed unsafe, old items.  They enhanced the course, event better than the condition it was installed fifteen years ago. The Mission Continues is committed to changing the national conversation around veterans. They believe veterans are assets, and through their continued service, they can create better transitions, and build stronger communities.

Monday, July 20th: The Special Recreation program from McGuane Park had the joy of experiencing the newly refurbished team building course

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4th Annual Veteran's Softball Tournament
Saturday August 1, 10am-3pm
Washington Park, 5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr.

+ USSSA rules (double elimination)
+ Co-Ed 3 females on field at all times (18 people per team maximum)
+ Commemorative tournament t-shirts for all teams registered
+ DJ and lunch provided
+ A minimum of 6 teams will be required for tournament play, maximum of 10 teams per division: COMPETITIVE and RECREATIONAL
+ Must register through military agency. Registration is FREE

Deadline to enter is FRIDAY, JULY 17
For registration please enter online at:
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2015 U.S. Veterans Resource Expo
Tuesday, August 18, 11AM-3PM
Soldier Field, 1410 Museum Campus Dr.

+ Takes place during Opening Day of the 2015 Midwest Valor Games
+ The Resource Expo connects military veterans and their families and service members with over 40 community organizations, agencies and businesses offering assistance with veteran benefits in education, disabilities, housing, legal services, child and family services
+ While not a job fair, become aware of employment opportunities
+ FREE PARKING on Waldron at Soldier Field

Register for the Resource Expo HERE

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Questions? Contact Special Recreation at special.recreation@chicagoparkdistrict or 312.742.5798


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