Chicago Park District: www.chicagoparkdistrict.com
Lake Michigan Public Beaches
(312) 742-3224
Lincoln Park – 2045 N Lincoln Park West Chicago IL 60614
Oak street, North Avenue, Montrose, Foster, Osterman
Downtown swimmers can also locate a small beach near the entrance to Navy Pier.
Park District Ice Rink
(312) 742-0064
Daley Bicentennial Plaza
337 E. Randolph St. Chicago IL 60601
There is also a non-Park District ice rink located in Millennium Park on Michigan Avenue (shown in photo).
Outdoor Tennis Courts
(312) 742-7529
Daley Bicentennial Plaza
337 E. Randolph Street 60601
18 courts – many lighted
Lincoln Park
2045 N Lincoln Park West 60614
20 courts – many lighted
Chicago Park District Golf
(312) 742-7930
Waveland/Sydney R. Marovitz Gold Course / 9 Holes
3600 N. Recreation Drive, Chicago, IL 60613
(Addison and Lakeshore Drive)
Among the most challenging of the Chicago Park District courses with numerous bunkers and championship length.After teeing off on the first hole running parallel to Lake Michigan, you immediately realize that this par 36 course is a real treat.
Biking/Running Paths
The longest and most widely used path in the Chicago area is the one that runs along the lakefront. This path runs from 7500 South to 6000 North with very few interruptions. This major route brings the Chicago lakefront to everyone as a convenient system of networked trails. The lakefront trails pass close to many major museums, beaches, parks, gold courses and marinas. The Lincoln Park Zoo, Millennium Park, Grant Park, Lincoln Park and Waveland Park are just a few of the public spaces along the route.
The Chicago Park District owns more than 8,100 acres of green space, making it the largest municipal park manager 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.

In addition to these landmarks, the Chicago Park District offers 220 stunning facilities, many of which can be rented to host special events. There are so many ways to get involved with the Chicago Park District, including as a volunteer. We need all hands on deck as we strive to continually improve and expand our park system. There are volunteer opportunities for every interest and level of time-commitment.From enjoying movies or concerts to exercising in our facilities to working in our community gardens, we hope to see you soon in our parks.

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