Chicago Park District Citywide Outdoor Ice Rinks Open for the Season November 26, Pre-registration is Required

Maggie Daley Park’s Skating Ribbon is open and taking reservations 

2021 Winter Flower Shows at Garfield Park and Lincoln Park Conservatories

The Garfield Park Conservatory and the Lincoln Park Conservatory Winter Flower Shows will open to the public on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 and run through Sunday, January 9, 2022.

Chicago Park District Hosts 72nd Annual Mum Bowl at Soldier Field

The Chicago Park District is hosting the 72nd Annual Mum Bowl at historic Soldier Field. The 2021 Junior Bear football championship game is between the LaFollette Park Wildcats and the Lindblom Park Ravens. 

Chicago Park District to Host "Girls Day of Play" Events

Register or drop-in for a full day of fun activities for girls on Chicago Public Schools’ day of non-attendance for students, November 5.

Chicago Park District is Accepting Submissions from Artists & Cultural Organizations to Participate in the 10th Anniversary of Night Out in the Parks in 2022

Online submissions accepted through December 8, 2021;  Chicago Onscreen Local Film Festival accepting entries through November 21, 2021

Chicago Park District Takes Immediate Action In Response To Reports Detailing Egregious Mishandling Of Sexual Misconduct Complaints

Reports made public by Park District Board detail sexual misconduct cases and mismanagement of complaints; District vows to continue holding offenders accountable while overhauling workplace conditions to prioritize safety and accountability

Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Park District Cut Ribbon on the Ford Calumet Environmental Center

New park facility to serve as a multi-functional environmental center in Invest South/West corridor 

Chicago Park District Releases 2022 Budget Recommendations

Highlights include new and expanded programming; capital investments in areas most in need

Chicago Park District Implements COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for All Employees

Park workforce must be fully vaccinated by December 15th 

Chicago Park District Hosting Spook-tacular Halloween in the Parks Events Citywide

From kid-friendly events, like pumpkin patches and Halloween parties, to haunted houses and fall festivals, there is something for everyone this season in the parks, October 15-31 

City of Chicago and the Chicago Park District Halloweek Costume Contest Toolkit

***CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED*** Thank you to everyone that participated in the first-ever online Halloweek Costume Contest! These are the winners that were chosen at random from participants that submitted photos via Instagram or the website. 

Chicago Park District’s Horror Movie Series Returns to Northerly Island & Three More Parks Starting October 8

'Campfire Horrors' movie series will feature seven movies, campfires and roasted marshmallows on Fridays and Saturdays under the October sky

Chicago Park District Hosting 6th Annual Teens in the Park (T.I.P.) Fest to Showcase

The Chicago Park District is hosting its 6th annual Teens in the Park (T.I.P.) Fest, an annual talent showcase where emerging artists and musicians will perform live and in-person. The free event will be held on Saturday, October 2, 2021 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Union Park, 1501 W.

Mayor Lightfoot, Chicago Department of Transportation, and Chicago Park District Cut Ribbon at Reconstructed Irving Park Road Bridge

New under bridge trail completes the 312 RiverRun, a new recreational amenity that links three parks along the North Branch of Chicago River    

Chicago Park District Announces Pilot Program to Install Life Preserver Equipment at Sanctioned Lakefront Swimming

Increased signage; public safety campaign to supplement new equipment and promote public safety   

Mayor Lightfoot Joins Alderman Jason Ervin, Garfield Park Rite to Wellness Collaborative Members, and Local Residents to Break Ground at Community Plaza and Roller Rink in West Garfield Park

New Plaza represents City’s first major infrastructure investment under  the Neighborhood Activation Initiative    

Jackson Park Improvement Update

UPDATE (11/23/21)

Chicago Park District Announced as Finalist for the 2021 National Gold Medal Awards in Parks and Recreation Management

Chicago Park District to compete for prestigious honor in the park and recreation industry

Chicago Park District Continues to Limit Use of Pesticides in Parks

Dandelions Growing in Parks Signifies a Healthy Lawn

Chicago Park District Expands Montrose Dune Natural Area

Added land will make a greater impact on habitat; increases City’s natural area acreage count

Chicago Park District Receives $80,000 Grant to Develop Community Nutrition and Health Hubs in Parks and Recreation

The Chicago Park District, in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), has received an $80,000 grant to develop a community nutrition hub to expand access to healthy foods through park and recreation programs and services.

Chicago Park District Announces Plans to Reopen Lakefront, Playgrounds and Aquatics Programming

Today, Chicago Park District General Superintendent & CEO Michael Kelly announced plans to reopen the city’s lakefront, playgrounds and indoor aquatics programming as metrics allow the city to ease COVID-19 regulations. 

City of Chicago Launches Public Engagement Phase of "Chicago Monuments and Public Art Project"

Chicagoans are invited to join a first-of-its kind conversation about monumental sculptures, artworks and commemorative plaques currently being reviewed by independent group of artists, community members and historians.

Chicago Park District’s Garfield Park Conservatory Accepting Reservations to Visit its Indoor Gardens Starting February 10 & 12

The Conservatory opens to the public on February 27 with new social distancing and safety protocols in place

Chicago Park District Continues Emergency Shoreline Stabilization

Work currently underway at South Shore Cultural Center and Arthur Ashe Beach