March 31, 2020 Update: Chicago Park District COVID-19 Response 

Today, Illinois Governor Pritzker extended the stay at home to April 30th. 

In accordance with the order, all Chicago Park District fieldhouses and playgrounds will remain closed until April 30th. 

As a result, all park programs and events are postponed.  

As a reminder, the entire Chicago lakefront and adjacent trails, parks, The 606, Riverwalk and Millennium Park are closed until further notice in accordance with Mayor Lightfoot’s executive order. 

While open space at remaining parks is open, the order provides guidance for social distancing when using parks for activities like walking, running and cycling. Contact sports like basketball and football are restricted.


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March 27, 2020 Update: Chicago Park District COVID-19 Response 

In accordance with Governor Pritzker’s stay at home order, Chicago Park District Spring 2020 programs, scheduled to begin March 30th, will be postponed.

In the event the Chicago Park District must cancel Spring 2020 programs, registration fees will be credited for future use.

We encourage you to check back here periodically for updates.


    March 26, 2020 Update: Chicago Park District COVID-19 Response 

    Effective immediately, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot has issued an executive order closing Chicago's Lakefront and adjacent trails and parks, Riverwalk and 606 Trail to the public until further notice.

    The Mayor’s Executive Order will direct a shutdown of the Lakefront including adjacent trails, green spaces and facilities. In addition, the order provides guidance for residents to make every effort to practice social distancing during recreational activities, such as walking, running or cycling.  The order also prohibits contact sports, like basketball and football. These measures are designed to protect the health and safety of residents amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

    To ensure residents comply with the State’s mandate and abstain from non-essential activities, the Chicago Park District Security and the Chicago Police Department will continue to patrol the lakefront and disband people who violate the closure.

    Above all, we want the residents of Chicago to be safe. This closure is necessary to enforce social distancing and mitigate crowding that is typical along Chicago’s lakefront but threatens the health of our city during this very delicate time.

    The Mayor's order bans lakefront access to all parkland in Chicago adjoining Lake Michigan, including walking, running and cycling paths, beaches and other recreational facilities. To keep these areas secured, the Chicago Park District is putting in place barricades and other security measures pursuant to the order. See the full list of closures below.

    The order also bans access to other Chicago public spaces like Millennium Park, Chicago’s Riverwalk and the 606 Trail. Many alternative routes will still be available to Chicago residents choosing to walk or bike to work during this time, and residents are encouraged to visit to view the city’s network of 248 miles of bike lanes. 

    Chicago Park District’s fieldhouses and playgrounds will remain closed for the duration of the stay at home order. Currently, the District’s green spaces and parks remain open, and the City will monitor park activity in the event more closures are necessary to prevent large gatherings and congregations of people during the stay at home order. 

    Governor Pritzker’s ‘Stay at Home’ Order, which went into effect on March 21, was issued out of an abundance of caution to safeguard the public health and prevent further spread in the community and is expected to last through April 7, unless otherwise directed.

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic the City is launching the Stay Home, Save Lives campaign to inform residents about how they can stay healthy and do their part to bend the curve of the virus. For more information and updates on COVID-19, text COVID19 to 78015, email or visit

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    Michael P. Kelly
    General Superintendent & CEO Chicago Park District

    The following park locations are closed in accordance with Mayor Lightfoot's executive order,:

    The City of Chicago's Riverwalk, Millennium Park and Olive Park are also closed.



    March 23, 2020 Update: Chicago Park District COVID-19 Response 

    In accordance with Governor Pritzker’s state-wide “stay at home” order, the Chicago Park District will modify its existing COVID-19 response plan as follows:

    Effective Saturday, March 21st through April 7th, all Chicago Park District park fieldhouses and playgrounds will be closed to the general public. 

    Beginning Monday, March 23rd, the District will cancel enhanced programming currently offered at 18 park fieldhouses. 

    The Chicago Park District will continue to provide critical operations including garbage pick-up and security.

    With the exception of our playgrounds, all outdoor spaces are open for public use. However, we urge patrons to practice social distancing when visiting our parks. 

    In addition, we strongly urge patrons to take precautions to protect their health and safety such as frequently washing their hands for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching their face with unwashed hands and covering their noses and mouths when sneezing or coughing.

    We also encourage residents to continue to check the Chicago Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control websites for the most up-to-date information and guidance.

    Let’s continue to work together. It will take action from everyone to help keep our families, parks and communities safe. 

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    Michael P. Kelly
    General Superintendent & CEO
    Chicago Park District

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