Ready for Fall Fun, Grow Your Business, Senior Games, “Solarise” Closing Soon, Join Us at the Circus, Learn to Camp and More

Register For Over 6,500 Fun Fall Activities Today!

c1d87554-97f3-415f-bd95-f07c0b70af97Fall programs start the week of September 19. Have you registered yet?

Our programs run the gamut from educational and athletic to cultural and artistic. Affordability and accessibility is our priority and everyone, regardless of age, neighborhood or income level is invited to participate.

Programs end the week of November 21, unless otherwise noted.

Doing Business With the Park District

9cd3deef-f976-4e95-8f07-d7fae2c459f7Entrepreneurs are invited to learn about potential business opportunities, discuss compliance goals for current and future contract awards, and meet with more than 40 government agencies, city museums and general contractors at the Vendor Network Event being held at the South Shore Cultural Center (7059 S. South Shore Dr.) on Wed., Sat. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Workshops and guest speakers, including Avis LaVelle, Vice President of the Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners, will engage interested business owners and offer expert insights into how to grow a business with the agencies in attendance.

Parking is free. Registration is recommended, but not required.

New Floating Museum & Steel Sculptures Coming Soon










Visit the Floating Museum, a new outdoor, scaffolded gallery space for creative arts programming designed by Faheem Majeed, Jememiah Hulsebos-Spofford, and Andrew Schachman.

For the first month, the traveling outdoor gallery will be at Calumet Park (9801 S. Avenue G).

The project, developed in partnership with the DuSable Museum, will provide a platform for artists to expand art awareness and youth empowerment by bringing the ideas traditionally generated in brick and mortar art institutions out into the neighborhoods.

 Chicago’s Lakefront will soon be home to the Magma and Destino– two large, steel sculptures designed by renowned artist Mark di Suvero.

Starting Sat., Sept. 3, these dynamic sculptural works will add an exciting visual element to the already stunning Lakefront.

The Magma will be on display at Queen’s Landing, Upper South Green Space (337 E. Randolph St.) and Destino at 5300 S. Lakefront.

Check out the Park District’s vast collection of artworks and monuments here.

Women’s Gymnastics Team, Regional & State Champions

Congratulations to the Chicago Park District’s Women’s Gymnastics Team!

A total of 220 competitors qualified to participate in the Illinois USA Women’s Gymnastics State Series Meets this past season. Of them, seventeen won state titles and one took home a regional championship. In addition, fifty-four qualified for the regional competitions, and nine competed in the national match-ups.

The Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners recognized the team’s great accomplishments and the success of the gymnastic program during August’s meeting and posed for a picture with the honorees and Superintendent Michael P. Kelly.

Gymnastics Center Programs will open registration for its second session of offerings on Tues., Oct. 18. 

Seniors Take Your Marks

Senior Citizens are invited to demonstrate their strength, agility and finesse at this year’s Senior Games.

Come and watch our Seniors compete in track and field, horseshoes, shuffleboard, lawn bowling, basketball, bowling, swimming, line dancing, golfing and much more.

Hosted by the Chicago Park District, the 2016 event will take place at various park locations, until Tues., Sept. 27. The closing awards ceremony will be held on Thurs., Sept. 29 at the South Shore Cultural Center (7059 S. South Shore Dr.) at 11 a.m.
Senior Games 2016 is supported by 
Cigna and Oak Street Health.

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