Updates to the Chicago Park District’s COVID-19 Response Plan
November 19, 2020

Effective Friday, November 20, the Chicago Park District will modify park operations and services in accordance with “Restore Illinois”, the State’s response plan to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
All Chicago Park District in-person programming is suspended until further notice. The District will continue to offer a vast selection of virtual programs and experiences to keep families active and engaged at home.
Most Chicago Park District fieldhouses will remain open for washrooms and shelter during the regular hours of operation. The following facilities will be closed: ComEd Rec Center at Addams Park, Gately Park Track and Field Center, Morgan Park Sports Center, and McFetridge Sports Center.
With the exception of playgrounds and 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 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:

  • Get back to the basics that we know work:
    • 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 Thanksgiving gatherings

We encourage residents to continue to check back here and the City of Chicago website for the most up-to-date information and guidance.


Enjoy the Parks Safely