5 Steps to Apply for Winter Park Programs

Ice rinks offer lots of fun during open skate sessions, rat hockey, stick & puck programs, and Chicago Blackhawks Hockey Clinics.

Chicago Tribune: Chicago Park District hosts its first homecoming dance for LGBTQ teens, complete with a DJ, voguing and a stately ballroom

Even in an era when LGBTQ teens are increasingly joining the ranks of homecoming royalty, some feel uncomfortable with the highly gendered

Winter Park Programming Schedule Available for Viewing Online November 18

Winter Fun Awaits in Chicago's Parks!

August 2019 Newsletter: Back to Fitness

We're rolling out new fitness center monthly prices & celebrating with a FREE FITNESS CENTER WEEK, starting September 3. &nbsp

Cook County Chronicles: Valor Games in Chicago Hit Mark for Veterans

Anthony Dunbar wasn’t having any of it when his friend and fellow Army veteran Isaac Gilmore got the best of him early on in the archery co

High Post Hoops: Chicago Park District and Nike Girls Camp

Nike partnered with the Chicago Park District to provide a camp experience spanning multiple sports with various Nike athletes.

Chicago Park District: Fall 2019 Newsletter

With over 1,000 offerings to play a variety of sports and more than 900 opportunities to engage in swim activities and lessons, the Chicago Park Di

Chicago Park District June 2019 eNewsletter

We're celebrating our 85th Anniversary with Birthday Parties at the Movies, auditioning teens for TIP/Yas Fest!, and kicking of summer at c

Chicago Park District April 2019 Newsletter

Registration Starts April 22 for parks located WEST of California Ave. & April

March 2019 Chicago Park District Newsletter

Get Fit For Free March 18-24 at Fitness Centers Citywide! 

USA Swimming: Chicago Park District Set for Continued Success in the Pool

The 4,155 swimmers on the Chicago Park District Swim Team roster make it a true super team.

Block Club Chicago: How A Park District Boxing Program Helped A Woman Facing Chronic Illness Bounce Back: ‘You Gotta Fight To Live’

The park district's boxing program has produced a number of Olympians — and it helped save Noelia Cruz's life.

Chicago Park District February 2019 eNewsletter

Featured in February's Newsletter

WGN Radio: Blackhawks and Park District partnering to offer free hockey clinics

The Chicago Blackhawks are partnering with the Chicago Park District to offer free hockey clinics at six rinks. 

January 2019 Newsletter: Kick off the New Year in the Parks

We're kicking off 2019 with expanded programming opportunities citywide. Browse and register for classes and programs today. 

Chicago Sun-Times: Nike teams up with Chicago Park District for new shirt designs

For the last couple of years, South Side natives’ Joshua Cook and Darius Davis have spent their summers home from college working as recrea

WGN 9: When public pianos come to Chicago parks, music fills the air

A few years ago, the City of Chicago decided to plop a handful of pianos down in the middle of city parks to promote music in neighborhoods

Lincoln Park Zoo: Nature in the Neighborhoods

When you visit your neighborhood park do you pay attention to its wildlife?

Curbed Chicago: 11 outdoor swimming pools for summer in Chicago

While the lakefront and beaches definitely steal the spotlight, the city’s public pools are just as enjoyable—especially if you’re not part

WCIU 'The Jam': Summer Pool Safety

Pool season is here and with recent tragedies, we want to make sure you know how to keep your kids safe.

WGN Radio: Windy City Hoops: Keeping kids on the court and off the streets

On Friday and Saturday nights, times when the streets of Chicago can be a dangerous place for young people, over 500 teenagers from 11 neig

Art Design Chicago: The Art of Flocking: Cultural Stewardship in the Parks

The Art of Flocking: Cultural Stewardship in the Parks is a celebration of Chicago’s community-based art practice. 

TimeOut Magazine: Run a free 5K race in Humboldt, Washington or Warren Park this summer

It's almost time to leave your treadmill behind and hit the pavement in Chicago, as weather fit for outdoor running finally arrives.

NRPA Magazine: Creating Wellness Policies for Your Park and Recreation Department

At the Chicago Park District, the mission of the Wellness Department is to promote, educate and motivate Chicagoans of all ages and abiliti