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

Movies in the Park - The Wiz

Monday, Aug 26, 2019 from 8:00pm to 10:13pm
South Shore Cultural Center
Chicago, IL
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Movies in the Park - Jaws

Tuesday, Sep 3, 2019 from 8:00pm to 10:04pm
Ridge Park
Chicago, IL
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Movies in the Park - Wonder

Wednesday, Sep 4, 2019 from 8:00pm to 9:53pm
Horner Park
Chicago, IL
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Movies in the Park - To Wong Foo

Thursday, Sep 5, 2019 from 8:00pm to 9:49pm
Lincoln Park
Chicago, IL
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Movies in the Park - Galaxy Quest

Friday, Sep 6, 2019 from 8:00pm to 9:42pm
Lincoln Park
Chicago, IL
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Movies in the Park - Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Friday, Sep 6, 2019 from 8:00pm to 9:57pm
Blackhawk Park
Chicago, IL
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Movies in the Park - After School Cartoons

Saturday, Sep 7, 2019 from 7:14pm to 8:44pm
Buttercup Park
Chicago, IL
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Movies in the Park - Aquaman

Saturday, Sep 7, 2019 from 8:00pm to 10:23pm
Winnemac Park
Chicago, IL
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Movies in the Park - Robin Hood

Monday, Sep 9, 2019 from 8:00pm to 9:56pm
South Shore Cultural Center
Chicago, IL
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Movies in the Park - The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

Monday, Sep 9, 2019 from 8:00pm to 9:47pm
Holstein Park
Chicago, IL
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Movies in the Park - Mary Poppins Returns

Friday, Sep 13, 2019 from 8:00pm to 10:10pm
Gross Park
Chicago, IL
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Movies in the Park - Black Panther

Friday, Sep 13, 2019 from 8:00pm to 10:14pm
Union Park
Chicago, IL
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Movies in the Park - Guardians of the Galaxy

Saturday, Sep 14, 2019 from 8:00pm to 10:01pm
Jonquil Park
Chicago, IL
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Movies in the Park - Night School

Saturday, Sep 14, 2019 from 8:00pm to 9:51pm
Tuley 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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