An advisory council is a voluntary group of individuals who meet on a regular basis to support the effective functioning of their local park. Councils promote ways for the community to better utilize the Chicago Park District's programs and facilities; provide communication to the Chicago Park District on matters relating to their parks; increase community awareness of Chicago Park District projects; provide the community with a vehicle through which park information can be shared; and assist in locating alternate funding sources to enhance park facilities. In an effort to do these things,many councils host events and other related activities throughout the year.The Chicago Park District encourages interested park patrons to participate in or form an advisory council in their local park. The Chicago Park District seeks advisement from councils regarding services provided to parks, needs, problems, accomplishments, and any other matters councils consider important to the operation of their parks.


Park Advisory Council Annual Report Now Due!

Each year, the Chicago Park District requests information from each advisory council in an effort to learn more about our park Advisory Councils and keep up to date records of its members. Councils formed after October 1, 2018, are not required to complete this form until the next year.

Submitting accomplishments along with general information about the council, through the form below, is one of the requirements for an advisory council to remain in good standing.  Councils that are in good standing are eligible for the Chicago Parks Foundation grant award, usage of the council partnership code for council events, and an extra raffle ticket to win a Movie in the Park and a Concert in the Park, awarded at the annual Park Advisory Council conference on March 30, 2019.

Park Advisory Council Annual Report


Park Advisory Council Conference



Register for the 2019 PAC Conference!


2019 Park Advisory Council Conference

Saturday, March 30, 2019
Malcolm X, College, 1900 W Jackson

Check In Begins 8:00AM



Advisory Council Forms

All existing and newly formed advisory councils and those interested in becoming an advisory council, must review and complete the forms below. Fax the completed Application, Registration Form, Partnership Pledge and By-Laws to the Chicago Park District Community Relations Division at (312) 742-2797.

What makes a PAC compliant?

Registered Chicago Park District PACs, enjoy the use of rooms, space for their monthly meeting, application fee waivers,  expedited event permit processing, partnership benefits of no or reduced fees and liability insurance. If a PAC is not compliant they will not be privy to these benefits. PACs will be treated like every other community group and organization until they become compliant. 

Advisory Councils List

View a list of parks with advisory councils, and get meeting dates and contact information.

Advisory Council Applications


View a list of Advisory Council Frequently Asked Questions.

Contact Us

If you have any further questions about Chicago Park District advisory councils, please call the Department of Legislative and Community Affairs at (312) 742-2797.



The Chicago Park District has partnered with the University of Illinois Chicago, Illinois Prevention Resource Center of a series of PAC trainings to help PACs with formation, fundraising and special events.


PAC 101

Launching a PAC


Events, Permitting, and Programs

Park Safety and Maintenance