Chicago Park District Announces Park Openings, Summer Programs

The Chicago Park District will begin reopening parks on June 8, starting with parks west of Lakeshore Drive, the city announced. 

Parks reopening immediately include Lincoln Park, Grant Park, Burnham Park, Harold Washington Park and Jackson Park. Park fieldhouses will be open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily for use of bathrooms and shelter from inclement weather only. Inland golf courses and Diversey Driving Range will also reopen June 8.

Maggie Daley Park and Millennium Park will reopen in June 15. The lakefront, park playgrounds and swimming pools will remain closed as park personnel devise plans for hygienic reopening. Masks and social distancing are required at all parks, and guests are encouraged to stay home if they feel ill.

As the parks are being cautiously reopened, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, the Great Lawn, the Welcome Center, the McDonald’s Cycle Center and the bridge between Millennium Park and Maggie Daley Park are closed. Entry points at each park are limited and guests are encouraged to visit each park’s website before heading out.

The park district’s day camps will be modified and run July 6-Aug. 14 or families can select a two-week extended camp from Aug. 17-28. Park drinking fountains will not be turned on during camps, so campers will be asked to bring water, though lunch and snacks are provided. 

The complete list of summer camps available is on the Chicago Park District website, and online registration for parks west of California Avenue will begin June 11 and east of California Avenue beginning on June 12. Day camp registration is for Chicago residents only.

Virtual programs, including sports, wellness, arts and crafts and fitness, remain in place on the Chicago Park District YouTube Channel.

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