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

Veterans Resource Fairs

In recognition of our military veterans, it is an honor for the Chicago Park District to host a Veteran's Resource Fair. Veterans, active duty and military family members are invited to connect with agencies, groups and organizations that provide military and veteran assistance. We will be hosting agencies that can help the military community in areas including education, employment, housing, legal, disabilities, mental health, and family & children services.

For more information please contact:
Maribel Mejia


December 10
Hamlin Park
3035 N. Hoyne Ave., 10am-2pm

Chicago Park District Veterans Resource Fairs are Supported by



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.


 Robert Gonzalez


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


Veterans of the month:


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