View Summer Day Camps and Programs Now; Online Registration Begins April 15 and 16
Online registration for the Chicago Park District’s summer day camps and programs will take place over two days and in two different zones online.
• Parks located west of California Avenue will begin registration Monday, April 15 at 9 a.m.
• Parks located east of California Avenue will begin registration Tuesday, April 16 at 9 a.m.
Beginning today, summer programs can be viewed and wish lists can be created online.
In-person registration begins either Saturday, April 20 or Monday, April 22 depending upon the park. To check when a particular park is beginning online and in-person registration, click here.
Each summer, the Chicago Park District provides more than 30,000 campers ages 6-12 with a season of supervised activity at more than 230 local parks. Children will go on field trips; explore nature, arts and culture; engage in sports and recreation; and enjoy pool time. To watch a video about summer day camp, click here.
As part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s new Summer of Learning initiative, summer camps will now include 20 minutes of dedicated reading time. Summer of Learning represents the first coordinated and dedicated approach of its kind for youth in every neighborhood to access high-quality programs that will help them continue to learn even when school is out.
The Chicago Park District’s summer day camp hours vary for each location with typical camps running about six hours per day from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. or 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Many parks offer early morning and late-day sessions as well. Fees vary depending on location, offerings and hours.
Standard day camps run for six weeks from July 1 – Aug. 9. Parents seeking programs in August are encouraged to also register their children for specialty and late-summer camps. Education and character-building components are combined with recreation at several of the Park District’s specialty camps including cultural arts, leadership, sports, and urban campers. Click here for more information.
The Chicago Park District experienced record numbers in 2012 for program registration. Compared to 2011, last summer saw a 20% increase in children enrolled in summer programs, and fall registration was up nearly 25%. Given the popularity of programs, patrons are encouraged to follow the registration tips listed below.
Preparing for Registration Day
• Set up an account on the new registration system if you haven’t already. The new registration system took effect with spring 2012 registration.
• Add all persons who you plan to register for on your account.
• Check your account login and password before registration begins. If you experience any problems, this will allow time to contact the Chicago Park District for assistance.
• Review your account information and make changes as needed, with specific focus on the following questions that were recently added:
Child pick up (who can/who can’t pick up your child), and the ability for your child to walk home on his/her own.
• Create a wish list with the programs that you plan to register.
• Review screen shots of the registration process.
View the registration process page for more information on these changes.
For more information, visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com or call 312-742-PLAY.
When patrons register for two or more programs for family members less than 18 years of age in one transaction, the order qualifies for a 10% discount on the less expensive program(s).
Discount is available for online and in-person orders, but cannot be combined with the CHA or DCFS discount programs. All family members should be entered into one account on the Chicago Park District’s registration system.
The Chicago Park District has limited funds available to provide financial assistance for families who wish to enroll in the 2013 summer day camp program.
Financial assistance is only available to City of Chicago residents.
Applicants must provide proof of entitlement for the reduced or free lunch program from the patron’s school. Applicants who do not participate in the school lunch program can prove eligibility by providing income verification (i.e., 2013 recent pay stubs for last 30 days, AFDC/TANF case #, a copy of a recent IRS 1040 form, etc.). Information submitted is confidential.
Applicants must bring copies of the required documents to their desired park at the time of in-person registration.
Eligibility for financial assistance does not guarantee a slot for day camp and cannot be used in conjunction with any other reduced/voucher programs.
Applicants that do not qualify for financial assistance may inquire about the payment plan option at their local park.
In addition to summer day camps, the Park District offers thousands of sport and fitness, cultural and environmental programs for adults, seniors, teens and youth. Regular summer programs run the week of June 17 through the week of August 19.