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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 modwene.lavin@chicagoparkdistrict.com.

Programs are FREE for active military personnel & family members receive a discount!  Learn more.



run the week of Sept. 15 through the week of Dec. 1 

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
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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.
Download the FLYER

run the week of Jan. 5, 2015 through the week of March 16, 2015 

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


Registration Information
Winter Online registration begins
Monday, December 1st @ 9am for parks located WEST of California Ave.
Tuesday, December 2nd @ 9am for parks located EAST of California Ave.

In-Person registration begins:
Saturday, December 6th for most parks. Classes begin the week of January 5, 2015 and last through mid-March.

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


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



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


Documents: Veterans Programs & Services

Name Size Published
PDF Document Veterans Flyer 528KB 11/10/2014
PDF Document Veteran Woodcraft Program at Shabbona 439KB 11/10/2014