All persons interested in conducting research on Chicago Park District Property are required to obtain permission from the Chicago Park District.  The type of Research Access required depends upon the nature of the research involved.

Research inquiries for human studies, environmental/habitat studies from community organizations, universities, and/or hospitals or other entities are welcome for review.

Research investigations are to be completely non-invasive to the park, concerning physical facilities or structures, landscapes, wildlife, and the like.  In addition, if the nature of the research is community-based, research investigations may not intersect park programming, public park indoor/outdoor usage, or park district personnel. 
 

Contact

Cynthia Carridine-Andrews
Email:  cpd.researchaccess@chicagoparkdistrict.com

Chicago Park District
Workforce Development Department
Peterson Park
5801 North Pulaski
Bldg. J 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 261-0915
(312) 742-6316 (fax)
 

Submittal Requirements

The following is required to apply for a Research Access Permit:

1.    Completion of the online Research Access Permit Application
One of the following documents must be uploaded via the online application:
  a.  a letter on the researcher's official letterhead requesting the permit, including: 
    i.    a detailed description of the scope of research, 
    ii.    anticipated start-of-research and end-of-research dates, 
    iii.    whether there is intent to publicize project findings in any manner, and
  b.  if animal/wildlife and/or environmental/habitat research, a letter on the researcher's official letterhead requesting the permit, including:
    i.    a detailed description of the scope of research,
    ii.    anticipated start-of-research and end-of-research dates, 
    iii.    whether there is intent to publicize project findings in any manner, 
    iv.    a detailed site plan of each proposed work location including access routes to and from the site, the location of proposed alternate routes, location of signage for pedestrian and bicycle traffic which may be restricted or redirected due to research activities (if necessary), and location of all trees within the project area.

2.    Certificate of Insurance or Waiver Documents (see more about this here)
  a.  a written list of all the investigators/participants for the project, and an individual waiver signed by each investigator/participant, OR
  b.  a Certificate of Insurance, and the CG 20 26 endorsement (or current equivalent), from the researcher complying with the requirements set forth in "Exhibit B: Research Access Permit Insurance Requirements", naming the Chicago Park District as the Certificate Holder and as Additionally Insured.

3.    Signature page from the Research Access Permit Terms and Conditions document.

4.    A non-refundable permit fee in the amount of $ 25.00, check made out to the Chicago Park District.

 

Timing

A minimum of thirty days review time should be allowed, once all the application items have been received by the Park District. Additional time may be needed, depending on the nature and complexity of the project.



Please note: 

  • Rates such as but not limited to program fees and facility rental fees may apply.
  • The Chicago Park District reserves the right to use data collected from this research for areas such as, but not limited to, park district programming and marketing efforts.
  • Researchers with outstanding or unpaid fines and/or monetary damages assessed from previous permitted (or non-permitted) work will not be issued permit extensions or permits for new work until the outstanding assessments are paid in full.


 

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