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Online registration begins August 16 and August 17 

The Chicago Park District today announced that online registration for 2021 Fall Programs is open for parks west of California Ave., and continues tomorrow for parks east of California Ave. Most fall programs will start the week of September 7 and run through December 19, 2021. 

This fall the District will offer in-person programming to provide residents with opportunities to stay active and engaged in a safe manner. Fall offerings include gymnastics, woodcraft, fitness, seasonal sports and more. Among this season’s offerings is our popular Park Kids after school program, which will be offered at various parks across the city. Participants will engage in safe, socially distant activities including arts and crafts, non-contact sports, wellness and nature activities. In conjunction with Chicago Public Schools’ return for the fall, our Park Kids afterschool program will begin on August 30, at most park locations. Aquatic classes will resume beginning the week of September 20.

“We welcome everyone to ‘Fall Back into the Parks,” said Chicago Park District General Superintendent and CEO Michael Kelly. “As fall approaches, we are looking forward to offering more in-person programs while continuing to make our parks safe and inviting for all.”  

Classes will operate with static pods and stable cohorts. Program capacity is based on size of the facility in order to observe social distancing and other current public health guidelines. Fees for programs vary depending on location, offerings and hours. We maintain our commitment to put children first and not turn away anyone for inability to pay. Financial assistance is available. Given the popularity of programs, patrons are encouraged to browse through the list of available park programs, which are now available to view, and create a wish list before the start of registration.

Fall online registration at is as follows:

•    Parks located WEST of California Ave. and all our virtual programs will begin registration Monday, August 16 at 9 a.m.  
•    Parks located EAST of California Ave. will begin registration Tuesday, August 17 at 9 a.m.   
•    Gymnastics centers will begin registration Tuesday, August 17 at 12 p.m.

Dependent on the number of program spots remaining, in-person registration will begin Saturday, August 21, at most park locations. 

Online registration for park programs at McFetridge Sports Center, Morgan Park Sports Center, Addams Park, and Gately Park begins on Tuesday, August 24, followed by in-person registration on Saturday, August 28. Programs at these facilities run from the week of September 7 through October 31 (Fall Session 1). 

In addition to in person programs, the Park District will offer virtual programs for the public to enjoy from home. These programs include offerings for youth, seniors, and adults. American Sign Language, Cardio Line Dance, Kiddie College, Chair Exercise, and Bingo are a few of our popular virtual classes. We also invite you to visit the Chicago Park District’s YouTube channel, which currently offers over 200 on-demand, virtual experiences, as well for your enjoyment. 

While searching and registering for programs, you may notice there is a new look to our registration website. For better user experience, our registration system ACTIVE Net, has redesigned the customer user interface (CUI). This update allows users to register from any device easily and efficiently, and modernizes the search functions, filters, and sorting, making it easier to find exactly what you are looking for. We are working to make the registration process as seamless and flexible as possible, growing with technology and our customers. Learn more about the new website updates here.

In accordance with updated recommendations from the Chicago Department of Public Health, the Chicago Park District has updated its indoor mask policy. Face coverings are now required for all individuals in all public indoor park settings regardless of vaccination status. For park specific COVID-19 updates, visit Chicago Park District. We also encourage residents to check the City of Chicago website for further information on COVID guidelines in addition to the State of Illinois website for the most up-to-date information and guidance available.