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 Workshops

New Park Advisory Council Orientation March 3, 2018

Park Advisory Council Workshop: Nature in the Parks

April 7, 2018

Cornell Park Nature Play Space

Join the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Parks Foundation on Saturday, April 7 for the Nature in the Parks workshop.


Did you know that the Chicago Park District manages more than 8,800 acres of green space, making it the largest municipal park manager in the nation? The Chicago Park District’s more than 600 parks offer more than just playgrounds, pools, and sports field they include nature! Learn from the Chicago Park District team about community gardens, nature play spaces, and green spaces across Chicago.


Special guests from Cornell Park Advisory Council will share their story how they transformed their pocket park into a low cost high impact nature play space!


If you haven't been to Indian Boundary Park yet you are in for a treat. This unique park in West Rogers Park features a Nature Play Space, community garden, ponds, many trees, and an all wood playground!


Thank you to Brew Brew Coffee and Gurnee Donuts for sponsoring the 2018 PAC Workshop series!


PAC Workshop: Nature in Parks

9:30am- 12:00pm

2500 W. Lunt

Indian Boundary Nature Center

April 7, 2018





Your Earth, Your Legacy

Join thousands of volunteers as they clean and green more than 150 Chicago Parks!



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.