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Thank you for considering a gift to the Chicago Park District!

With 8,000+ acres of open space, 600 parks, over 200 playgrounds, 31 beaches and 15 cultural centers, the Chicago Park District has something for everyone to enjoy! As host of thousands of special events, cultural, nature, sports and recreational programs, the Chicago Park District remains the nation's leading provider of green space and recreation. Driven by our vision to program, sustain, maintain and create world-class parks and open spaces connected to residents and visitors, we service over 40 million people each year.

Charitable contributions to the Chicago Park District are tax-deductible per IRS Publication 526.


Summer Day Camp Assistance Fund

Kids with bright colors over their clothes and hair pose for a photo after a color run as part of the day camp program.

The Chicago Park District offers traditional summer day camp for six weeks every summer. We have worked hard to prepare our parks according to the latest health guidelines. This year’s camp program will focus on offering a safe space for children to be healthy, active, make new friends and create lifelong memories.

While camp will be different in several ways, many of the fun activities kids are used to experiencing will remain, such as arts & crafts, non-contact sports, wellness and nature-based activities, and in-house special events.

A tax-deductible donation of any size will help support the summer day camp assistance fund that provides financial assistance to youth and teens in need, eliminating financial barriers to participating in camp.

You can give online today or send a check made payable to the Chicago Park District to 541 N Fairbanks Ct., Floor 7, Chicago, IL 60611. Attn: Help Send a Kid to Camp.

Donate Now:

Send a Kid to Camp - $250    $100    $50    $25    Other

If you have any questions, or would like to learn how to donate a credit for Spring programs from your Chicago Park District program account, please contact Kelly Sheetz, Director of New Business Development at or (312) 742-9292.

Thank you to our 2020 corporate supporters of the Summer Day Camp Assistance Fund:

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Program Support

Night Out in the Parks

A program support donation helps our organization enhance the quality of life in Chicago through recreation, leisure and neighborhood-based arts activities. Your donation helps provide affordable, accessible programs that bring children and families into our parks and give them great reasons to stay and play for a lifetime.

Help us continue our mission with a gift today. How does your support help?

Contributions support our efforts to provide:

Affordable, Accessible Programs:

  • The Best Deal in Town: excellent and affordable recreation.
  • FREE Arts and Cultural programming in all 77 community areas through Night Out in the Parks.

World Class Parks and Open Spaces:

  • Park or open space within a 10-minute walk of all residents.
  • Safe, inviting, sustainable and beautifully maintained parks and facilities.

Make a Gift:

     $250    $100    $50    $25    Other



Donor Bench Program

Donor Bench Program

Celebrate significant people and memories with the donation of a bench in a Chicago park. For your donation, a bench will be installed in the park of your choice, providing recognition of the significant people and occasions in your life.

Donation Amount

$10,000 per bench in Lincoln Park or Grant Park

$5,000 per bench in all other Chicago Park District park locations

Learn more about the Donor Bench program, or contact the Chicago Parks Foundation at (312) 742-5105.


Green Deed Tree Dedication Program

Green Deed Tree Dedication Program

Plant a Tree, Grow a Memory

Do you know someone extraordinary whom you would like to honor? Are you planning a special event which you would like to memorialize? The Green Deed Tree Dedication Program allows you to have a tree planted in the park of your choice, providing lasting recognition of the significant people and occasions in your life.

Learn more about the Green Deed Tree Dedication program, or contact the Chicago Park District’s dedicated Green Deed Tree phone line at (312) 742-5414 or (312) 742-4679.


Thank you for supporting Chicago’s Parks!