Cornell Square Playground

Thank you for considering a gift to the Chicago Park District!

With 8,000+ acres of open space, 600 parks, over 200 playgrounds, 31 beaches and 15 cultural centers, the Chicago Park District has something for everyone to enjoy! As host of thousands of special events, cultural, nature, sports and recreational programs, the Chicago Park District remains the nation's leading provider of green space and recreation. Driven by our vision to program, sustain, maintain and create world-class parks and open spaces connected to residents and visitors, we service over 40 million people each year.

Charitable contributions to the Chicago Park District are tax-deductible per IRS Publication 526.


Programming Financial Assistance Fund  |  Program Support  |  Donor Bench Program  |  Green Deed Tree Dedication Program



Park Kids are Our Kids Financial Assistance Fund

Winter, spring, summer and fall, the children of this city are in the parks year-round. The most important task of the Chicago Park District is bringing children and families into the parks and giving them great reasons to stay and play for a lifetime.

The Chicago Park District is one of the largest providers of year round out-of-school-time programming in the city.  Thousands of kids take part in our extremely affordable after school and summer camp opportunities at hundreds of park locations every year.  

We offer financial assistance to all qualifying families in Chicago. No child is turned away for the inability to pay. Families need your help now more than ever. Last year, 1 in 5 participants in Summer Camp and Park Kids received additional financial assistance.

Learn how you can make a difference by contributing to the Chicago Park District Financial Assistance Fund: 

Learn More & Donate 

Thank you to our corporate supporters of the Financial Assistance Fund:



Chicago Sport and Social Club



Unison Consulting



Program Support

Night Out in the Parks

A program support donation helps our organization enhance the quality of life in Chicago through recreation, leisure and neighborhood-based arts activities. Your donation helps provide affordable, accessible programs that bring children and families into our parks and give them great reasons to stay and play for a lifetime.

Help us continue our mission with a gift today. How does your support help?

Contributions support our efforts to provide:

Affordable, Accessible Programs:

  • The Best Deal in Town: excellent and affordable recreation.
  • FREE Arts and Cultural programming in all 77 community areas through Night Out in the Parks.

World Class Parks and Open Spaces:

  • Park or open space within a 10-minute walk of all residents.
  • Safe, inviting, sustainable and beautifully maintained parks and facilities.

Make a Gift:



Donor Bench Program

Donor Bench Program

Celebrate significant people and memories with the donation of a bench in a Chicago park. For your donation, a bench will be installed in the park of your choice, providing recognition of the significant people and occasions in your life.

Donation Amount

$10,000 per bench in Lincoln Park or Grant Park

$5,000 per bench in all other Chicago Park District park locations

Learn more about the Donor Bench program, or contact the Chicago Parks Foundation at (312) 742-5105.

Green Deed Tree Dedication Program

Green Deed Tree Dedication Program

Plant a Tree, Grow a Memory

Do you know someone extraordinary whom you would like to honor? Are you planning a special event which you would like to memorialize? The Green Deed Tree Dedication Program allows you to have a tree planted in the park of your choice, providing lasting recognition of the significant people and occasions in your life.

Learn more about the Green Deed Tree Dedication program, or contact the Chicago Park District’s dedicated Green Deed Tree phone line at (312) 742-5414 or (312) 742-4679.


Thank you for supporting Chicago’s Parks!