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Online Registration for Spring Park Programming
Online registration for spring park programming is open. Photo: Chicago Park District

Online registration kicks off February 26 & 27; in-person begins March 3

The Chicago Park District’s spring park program schedule is available for viewing in anticipation of online registration, which begins February 26. 

Online registration begins with parks located west of California Ave. on Monday, February 26 at 9 a.m. and for parks east of California Ave. on Tuesday, February 27 at 9 a.m. In-person registration is scheduled to begin on Saturday, March 3 at most park locations, with some sites starting on Monday, March 5. Most programming begins the week of April 2 and runs through the week of June 4. 

“The Chicago Park District continues to strive to be the most affordable option for quality programming in Chicago,” said Chicago Park District General Superintendent and CEO Michael P. Kelly. “With thousands of sport, fitness, cultural and environmental programming opportunities to help keep patrons of all ages active and engaged, there are ample reasons to visit your local park this spring.”

Outdoor baseball, softball, soccer and basketball leagues are starting soon as the Park District prepares for spring programming in the parks. Indoor favorites like swimming and gymnastics programs will also be available for enrollment. New this year, Horner Park will host a glow-in-the-dark sports series that will make playing dodgeball, basketball, volleyball, soccer, floor hockey, and football even more exciting.

Chicago parks also offer options for everyone beyond sports and recreational programs. This season is bursting with cultural and artistic programming opportunities for youth, teens, adults and seniors. From piano classes in a new, state-of-the-art piano lab at Garfield Park, theater and dance instruction at South Shore Cultural Center to nature exploration at North Park Village Nature Center, Chicago parks are bustling with activities in the spring time. 

Spring Break Camps are an affordable option for parents searching for local recreational and educational programming to keep their kids engaged during spring break. Children participate in recreational and nature-based activities, play games and sports, build friendships, engage in arts and crafts, and other fun activities. Most park camps run thru the week of March 26. Parents should browse the spring programming schedule and create a wish list before the start of online registration. 

It is important to note that online viewing of the programming schedule for McFetridge Sports Center and Morgan Park Sports Center begins on Tuesday, February 20, followed by online registration on Tuesday, March 6. 

On the heels of a record-breaking registration year, the Chicago Park District recently launched a new user- friendly, mobile-responsive, informational website with a marketing emphasis to promote CPD’s parks, programs, and events.  A new simplified design allows for quick access to useful features, including the park programming registration page, on devices of all sizes.  

Given the popularity of programs, patrons are encouraged to browse the general programming schedule, create an online account and add programs to a wish list before the start of registration. 
For more information, contact your local park, visit or call 312-742-PLAY.