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.

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Park Kids are Our Kids Financial Assistance Fund

Winter, spring, summer and fall, the children of this city are in the parks year-round. The most important task of the Chicago Park District is bringing children and families into the parks and giving them great reasons to stay and play for a lifetime.

The Chicago Park District is one of the largest providers of year round out-of-school-time programming in the city.  Thousands of kids take part in our extremely affordable after school and summer camp opportunities at hundreds of park locations every year.  

We offer financial assistance to all qualifying families in Chicago. No child is turned away for the inability to pay. Families need your help now more than ever. Last year, 1 in 5 participants in Summer Camp and Park Kids received additional financial assistance.

The Chicago Park District provides thousands of children ages 6-12 years old with a variety of leisure and recreational activities in a safe, supervised environment. Through our Summer Day Camp and Park Kids afterschool program, participants enjoy arts & crafts, non-contact sports, wellness, nature-based activities and in-house special events year-round.

For working families who may be struggling financially, our programs are a place for kids to have adult supervision, access to healthy meals, and to stay engaged in new and innovative ways. We offer financial assistance to all qualifying families in Chicago. No child is turned away for the inability to pay. 

Kids need your support now more than ever. The number of kids who needed financial assistance nearly doubled from 2021 to 2022. Your support helps to fill the gap for families.

The Chicago Park District Financial Assistance Fund provides support to make out-of-school time programs possible for all children regardless of their family’s financial situation. A tax-deductible gift of any size helps in these efforts.


Program Support

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.


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.

Donor Bench Program


Leave your mark in a Chicago park!

The Chicago Parks Foundation's Bench Dedication Program honors significant loved ones and memories in a way that all park patrons can enjoy. Your contribution supports the Chicago Parks Foundation's work as the 501c3 partner of the Chicago parks, while also improving the park itself and leaving a beautiful, lasting memory. 

The Chicago Parks Foundation will work with you and the Chicago Park District to choose your park location and identify the perfect on-site spot for installation. Some restrictions apply. 

Your bench plaque tells the story. Each donor bench will include a 2”x10” cast bronze plaque which allows you to memorialize a person, place or date. 

Learn more and get started here, or contact the Chicago Parks Foundation directly at (773) 505-9742  or

GO HERE to Complete the Bench Inquiry Form


Thank you to our corporate supporters of the Financial Assistance Fund!