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Rollin' Rec and ArtSeed mobile initiatives add to the fun this summer

The Chicago Park District is proud to serve 50 parks with mobile recreation and art activities from now through August 4, 2023. The Chicago Park District’s Rollin’ Rec program will visit over 40 park locations each week, while the ArtSeed program will visit 7 parks weekly. 

“The Chicago Park District is committed to meeting our patrons needs, no matter their age, ability, or location in the city” said General Superintendent and CEO Rosa Escareño. “Our mobile recreation and art programs, Rollin’ Rec and ArtSeed, respectively, allow us to bring exciting activities to every corner of the communities we serve.” 

Rollin’ Recreation: The vans drive in, and the fun rolls out!

Rollin’ Rec will arrive at 43 parks per week this summer, after serving approximately 3,000 to 5,000 participants in 2022. Each van will serve locations with sports, games, and fitness equipment for 60 minutes at 12:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. The Rollin' Recreation activity van offers fun for the whole family at parks throughout the city. No registration is required; patrons are encouraged to drop in and have fun! 

In addition, the Chicago Park District is grateful to the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) for partnering to  provide free meals along the Rollin’ Recroute  each week, Monday through Friday until August 18, 2023. Each of these vans will visit for 60 minutes, and will be present at the following park locations: 
•    Back of the Yards Park, located at 4922 S. Throop St., will host Rollin’ Rec. from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 
•    Magnolia Playlot, located at 3224 Flournoy St., will host Rollin’ Rec. from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. 
•    Franklin Park, located at 4320 W. 15th St., will host Rollin’ Rec. from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
•    La Villita Park, located at 2800 S. Sacramento Blvd., will host Rollin’ Rec. from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
To see the full map and schedule of Rollin’ Rec park stops, visit


ArtSeed is a pop-up art program that takes place in parks, playlots, and community gardens across Chicago to bring art-making, storytelling, and nature-play rooted in neighborhood stories. This year youth and their families are invited to explore themes such as environmental justice, reciprocity, and community safety.

ArtSeed programs take place from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at selected park locations. For a full list of drop-ins, art-centric events under the Art Seed program, click here!