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Register or drop-in for a full day of fun activities for girls on Chicago Public Schools’ day of non-attendance for students, November 5.

The Chicago Park District will host “Girls Day of Play,” on Friday, November 5. Girls, ages 6 to 17 years old, are invited to attend one of the events being held at more than 18 park locations, some starting as early as 8 a.m. Participants will have access to a variety of sports, recreational games, and physical and educational activities during the all-day, free series. 

The Chicago Park District’s Girls Play initiative works to expand opportunities for girls in sports and ensure that young women have equal access to recreational offerings in their communities. Through programming, special events, and camps, the District provides opportunities for girls to create life-long healthy physical activity habits. 

“The Chicago Park District is proud to celebrate the importance of fair play and ensure equal opportunity for girls in sports,” said Chicago Park District Interim General Superintendent & CEO Rosa Escareño. “Through sports, girls learn important life skills including leadership, teamwork, and self-confidence.” 

Girls Day of Play activities will vary by location, from traditional sports like basketball, volleyball and soccer to more popular activities that include gymnastics, cheerleading, tumbling, yoga, dance and ballet. Rounding out the list of activities being offered at some locations are floor hockey, tennis, archery, double-dutch, and more. 

The Chicago Park District’s Jane Addams Park/ComEd Recreation Center, located at 1434 S. Loomis, will host more than 60 youth from the Girls in the Game non-for-profit from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

Below are some of the park locations that will offer Girls Day of Play programming on November 5: 

•    Girls Day of Play at Brainerd, 1246 W. 92nd St., 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
•    Girls Day of Play at West Lawn, 4233 W. 65th St., 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
•    Girls Day of Play at Margate, 4921 N. Marine Drive, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
•    Girls Day of Play at Gill, 825 W. Sheridan Rd., 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
•    Girls Day of Play at Independence, 3945 N. Springfield Ave., 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
•    Girls Day of Play at Jefferson, 4822 N. Long Ave., 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
•    Girls Day of Play at Harris, 6200 S. Drexel Ave., 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
•    Girls Day of Play at Blackhawk, 2318 N. Lavergne Ave., 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
•    Girls Day of Play at Warren, 6601 N. Western Ave., 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
•    Girls Day of Play at Sherwood, 5701 S. Shields Ave., 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
•    Girls Day of Play at Franklin, 4320 W. 15th St., 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
•    Girls Day of Play at NTA, 55 W Cermak Rd., 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
•    Girls Day of Play at Shedd, 3660 W. 23rd St., 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
•    Girls Day of Play at Ping Tom, 1700 S. Wentworth Ave., 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
•    Girls Day of Play at Eckhart, 1330 W. Chicago Ave., 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
•    Girls Day of Play at Hayes, 2936 W. 85th St., 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
•    Girls Day of Play at Mann, 2949 E. 131st St., 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
•    Girls Day of Play at Harrison, 1824 S. Wood St., 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
•    Girls Day of Play at LeClaire-Hearst, 5120 W. 44th St., 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
•    Girls Day of Play at Fuller, 331 W. 45th St., 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Advance registration is required for some locations as space is limited. Drop-in participation varies by location. For a full list of park locations participating in the Girls Day of Play celebration, or to learn more about the Chicago Park District’s Girls P.L.A.Y. (Positivity, Leadership, Ambition, Be You!) initiative, visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/girls-play

In accordance with Be Safe Chicago Guidelines for Parks and Recreation Activities, participants in this activity will be asked to wear a mask and practice social distancing at all times while participating. Patrons who are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 are asked to stay home and join us for an event when symptoms subside. View updates to the Chicago Park District’s COVID-19 Response Plan here.

The Chicago Park District will also host a free, online fitness series that will be available on-demand as part of the Halfway to Chicago Moves Day celebration. This is a preview of the Chicago Park District’s signature May event Chicago Moves Day and many of the Park District’s winter in-person and virtual fitness, wellness, sports and active program offerings. The videos will be available on the Chicago Park District’s YouTube (www.youtube.com/chicagoparkdistrict) on Friday, November 5, 2021 at 9 a.m. The workouts are intended to give youth and families the opportunities to get up and moving at home and in their own backyards. Chicago Moves Day is an opportunity to take small steps towards a year of making physical health a daily priority and habit.