Chicago Park District & Veterans and Active Military: Serving those who have served.

In the spirit of “serving those who have served,” the Chicago Park District offers new, free sports and arts programs specifically for U.S. veterans and active military personnel, as well as a series of veteran’s resource fairs, this fall and winter at select citywide fieldhouses.

In addition to the new programs, all programs offered by the Chicago Park District are free for active military personnel. Immediate family members receive a 10% discount on program fees. Learn more.

For more information, suggestions or comments about Veterans programs, contact Maribel Mejia of the Chicago Park District at (312) 745-2062 or maribel.mejia@chicagoparkdistrict.com
 

A winning team of veterans at the annual summer veteran’s family fest and 16” softball tournament.
Opening ceremonies of the 2014 Valor Games Midwest at Soldier Field.
Starting line of an adaptive bicycle race at the 2013 Valor Games Midwest in Chicago.
Veterans taking indoor target practice at McGuane Park.



Valor Games, August 14-16, 2018 in Chicago

The Valor Games brings together disabled veterans and wounded, ill or injured service members and engages them in three days of Paralympic sport competition. The event celebrates sport as a means of empowering individuals and strengthening community. Athletes from the following Midwest states are invited to apply: IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, OH, NE, ND, SD, WI. 
Click HERE to learn more and apply now.  The application process closes July 1st. 

 



Chicago Park District Veteran Programs
 

Chicago Park District Veteran Programs


Download the Veterans Program Brochure HERE


Chicago Park District Veterans and Active Military: Serving those who have served.
In addition to the new programs, all programs offered by the Chicago Park District are FREE for active military personnel. Immediate family members receive a 10% discount on program fees. 
 

Your Chicago Park District staff contacts:

Gerry Henaghan
Special Recreation Manager
Geralyn.Henaghan@chicagoparkdistrict.com
(312) 745-1298

Maribel Mejia, USMC Veteran
Veterans Program & Event Facilitator
Maribel.Mejia@chicagoparkdistrict.com
(312) 745-2062

Andrew Grose
Program & Event Coordinator
Andrew.Grose@Chicagoparkdistrict.com
(312) 745-2172
 



Past Events

Department of Defense Warrior Games, June 30 - July 8, 2017
Watch WARRIOR GAMES highlights and closing ceremonies HERE.
 

Operation: Ruck 22, September 8, 2017
Watch members of the Chicago Police Department participate in the 2017 Ruck 22 Race HERE.

 



City of Chicago Office of Veteran Affairs



The City of Chicago's Veterans Resource Office is a one-stop clearinghouse designed to provide assistance for better living and health services to veterans of the United States armed forces and their surviving spouses. Visit the website here.