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Programs will resume once state public health guidance allows 

In accordance with the State’s Tier 3 Resurgence Mitigation plan to suppress the spread of COVID-19, the Chicago Park District will suspend the start of in-person, Winter programs scheduled to begin Monday, January 4, 2021. 

All Chicago Park District in-person programming are suspended until State of Illinois and City of Chicago public health officials determine it is safe to resume. The Chicago Park District will continue to offer a vast selection of virtual programs and experiences to keep families active and engaged. Patrons who have registered for in-person Winter programs will receive prorated credit that can be applied to future programs. 

“The Chicago Park District is committed to protecting our patrons and workforce by following the guidelines put in place by public health officials,” said General Superintendent and CEO Michael Kelly. “While we are unable to offer in-person opportunities at this time, families can register for a menu of engaging, virtual programs as well as pre-recorded classes and other unique park experiences, including virtual walks, story time and fitness workouts.”

Chicago Park District fieldhouses will remain open for restrooms and shelter during the regular hours of operation.                           
With the exception of parkland east of Lake Shore Drive, the lakefront trail and outdoor park spaces remain open to provide brief respite during the City of Chicago’s Stay At Home advisory. Large gatherings and close contact activities are strictly prohibited and social distancing must be observed at all times. Trail users are required to keep it moving. Masks are mandatory. 

Acceptable activities include walking, running and hiking in our outdoor spaces alone or with members of the same household.  
All residents of the City of Chicago are advised to stay at home in response to the rapid rise of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the city. Residents are advised to only leave home to go to work or school, or for essential needs such as seeking medical care, going to the grocery store or pharmacy, picking up food, or receiving deliveries.

Here’s what you need to do to ‘Protect Chicago’ right now:

  • Continue to practice what we know works:
  • Wear your mask
  • Socially distance
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Adopt the new fundamentals that will help us bend the curve again:
  • Do not have guests over
  • Stay home unless you have to go out for essential reasons
  • Avoid travel
  • Cancel any traditional holiday gatherings


The Chicago Park District will continue to monitor updates from the State and resume in-person programs when a move to Tier 2 is announced. We encourage residents to continue to check the Chicago Park District and City of Chicago websites for the most up-to-date information and guidance.