Chicago Park District

541 North Fairbanks
312-742-7529

About Us

The Chicago Park District owns more than 8,100 acres of green space, making it one of the largest municipal park managers in the nation. The Chicago Park District's 580 parks offer thousands of sports and physical activities as well as cultural and environmental programs for youth, adults, and seniors. The Chicago Park District is also responsible for 26 indoor pools, 51 outdoor pools, and 26 miles of lakefront including 23 swimming beaches plus one inland beach. From canoeing to batting cages to arts and crafts, there is never a shortage of activities to participate in Chicago's parks.

The Chicago Park District oversees the Garfield Park and Lincoln Park conservatories, two tropical paradises within the city that house thousands of rare and exotic plants. In addition, the Chicago Park District oversees 16 historic lagoons plus 10 bird and wildlife gardens. From rich pond life teeming with frogs, herons, and dragonflies, to shrubby areas where migratory birds stop to rest, to lush prairies filled with native grasses and wildflowers, the Park District offers many ways to explore nature in the city's parks.

Popular attractions that fall under the management of the Chicago Park District include the Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain, which is located in Grant Park. Proudly referred to as Chicago's front yard, Grant Park is among the city's loveliest and most prominent parks. Ten world-class museums are located on Chicago Park District property, three of them in Grant Park: the Art Institute, the Field Museum of Natural History, and the Shedd Aquarium. More than 20 million people visit Grant Park and Buckingham Fountain annually, making it the second most visited park landmark in the U.S.


Upcoming Events at Chicago Park District

Brunch with the Bunny at Merrimac

Thursday, Mar 28, 2019 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Merrimac Park
Chicago, IL
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Eggstravaganza at Olympia

Friday, Mar 29, 2019 from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Olympia Park
Chicago, IL
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Flashlight Egg Hunt at Garibaldi

Friday, Apr 5, 2019 from 8:00pm to 9:30pm
Garibaldi Playground Park
Chicago, IL
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Bunny Egg Hunt at Rosedale

Friday, Apr 12, 2019 from 10:00am to 11:00am
Rosedale Park
Chicago, IL
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Pool Egg Hunt at Sheridan

Friday, Apr 12, 2019 from 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Sheridan Park
Chicago, IL
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Flashlight Egg Hunt at Sheridan

Friday, Apr 12, 2019 from 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Sheridan Park
Chicago, IL
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Egg Hunt at Sheridan

Saturday, Apr 13, 2019 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Sheridan Park
Chicago, IL
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Egg Hunt at Senior Citizens Memorial

Saturday, Apr 13, 2019 from 10:00am to 11:00am
Senior Citizens Memorial Playlot Park
Chicago, IL
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Bunny Egg Hunt at Commercial Club

Saturday, Apr 13, 2019 from 10:00am to 11:30am
Commercial Club Playground
Chicago, IL
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Egg Hunt at Armour Square

Saturday, Apr 13, 2019 from 10:30am to 12:30pm
Armour Square Park
Chicago, IL
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Egg Hunt at West Lawn

Saturday, Apr 13, 2019 from 11:00am to 1:00pm
West Lawn Park
Chicago, IL
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Lunch with the Bunny at Horner

Saturday, Apr 13, 2019 from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Horner Park
Chicago, IL
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Eggstravaganza at Palmer

Saturday, Apr 13, 2019 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Palmer Park
Chicago, IL
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Egg Hunt at Hollywood

Saturday, Apr 13, 2019 from 11:00am to 12:00pm
Hollywood Park
Chicago, IL
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Egg Hunt at Bessemer

Saturday, Apr 13, 2019 from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Bessemer Park
Chicago, IL
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Egg Hunt at Pasteur

Saturday, Apr 13, 2019 from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Pasteur Park
Chicago, IL
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Doggie Egg Hunt at Horner

Saturday, Apr 13, 2019 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Horner Park
Chicago, IL
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Eggstravaganza at Lindblom

Saturday, Apr 13, 2019 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Lindblom Park
Chicago, IL
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Lunch with the Bunny at Hale

Thursday, Apr 18, 2019 from 11:00am to 2:00pm
Hale Park
Chicago, IL
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Flashlight Egg Hunt at Kilbourn

Thursday, Apr 18, 2019 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Kilbourn Park
Chicago, IL
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The Great Chicago Egg Hunt at Maggie Daley

Friday, Apr 19, 2019 from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Maggie Daley Park
Chicago, IL
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Egg Extravaganza at Paschen

Friday, Apr 19, 2019 from 11:00am to 12:00pm
Kilbourn Park
Chicago, IL
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Egg Hunt at Clarendon

Saturday, Apr 20, 2019 from 11:00am to 1:30pm
Clarendon Park Community Center
Chicago, IL
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Egg Hunt at Galewood

Saturday, Apr 20, 2019 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Galewood Park
Chicago, IL
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Recent News

Chicago Senior Games 2018

The Chicago Park District invites active seniors to participate in Senior Games 2018 at various citywide parks.Schedule:Monday, August 27, 2018 10:00 am: Opening Ceremonies10:30 am: Yoga, Tai Chi, & Fun Walk11:00 am: Line Dancing &…

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Haunted Indoor Movie

Join us for our annual Family Friendly Haunted Movie Night!Ticket price includes: popcorn, hotdog and a drink.ParaNorman [PG | 1hr. 32 min.]In the town of Blithe Hollow, Norman Babcock is a boy who can speak to the dead, but no one besides his…

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Pumpkin Patch 2015

Join us for a beautiful fall day in the park with your family!Everyone just loves pumpkins!The Chicago Park District brings a little bit of the country to the city with its annual Pumpkin Patches. Join us for an afternoon in the park at this…

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Haunted Indoor Movie

In 1945, in Jersey, Channel Islands, the widow Grace Stewart lives in a lonely old house with her daughter Anne and her son Nicholas. Grace lost her beloved husband Charles in the World War II and their children are photosensitive and Grace keeps…

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