PlayStreets Chicago

A part of the Chicago Department of Public Health’s Healthy Chicago 2.0 community engagement strategies, PlayStreets Chicago is a citywide initiative to encourage neighborhood organizations and residents to temporarily close off their block to car traffic and come together to be safe and get active. These free PlayStreets activations¬†empower communities to come together and address barriers to active, fun and healthy play for children, teens and families.

The need for a program like PlayStreets is greatest in communities facing social and environmental barriers such as income-constraints, a higher incidence of violence, and a less-invested community infrastructure. Such barriers make getting to established sport and play destinations such as parks or community centers, and accessing the services they provide, difficult for many families. To combat this, PlayStreets brings access to sport and play right to the front door of community members.

PlayStreets events are always free and open to the community. Local organizers will provide games and activities but feel free to bring out your bike, basketball or other toys to join in on the fun.

Applications to Become a 2017 PlayStreets provider are now open!

World Sport Chicago and Gads Hill Center are now accepting RFP’s to become a PlayStreets implementer in your community!

We’re looking to support community based organizations with strong community ties and offer unique,¬†creative, and innovative approaches to promote on-going physical activities and healthy choices in their community.

For applications and more information visit the appropriate regional page for where you are interested in providing services, PlayStreets North/West Region (deadline May 5th) and PlayStreets South Region (deadline May 10th).

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Planning to Play

Technical Support Regions

Grant applications for the 2017 season of PlayStreets are now open and groups or individuals interested in learning more about PlayStreets efforts planned for their communities this summer should review this map to determine their technical support region. Then, use the information below to connect with the appropriate facilitating agency.

North/West Region (areas 1-32, 76-77)

Facilitated by Gads Hill Centers.¬†Contact Cindy at¬†or 312-226-0963 for more information about joining PlayStreets efforts¬†in your North/West Region community. To apply to be a north/west region community implementer, please visit the Gads Hill Center’s PlayStreets North/West Region page.

South Region (areas 33-75)

Facilitated by World Sport Chicago. Contact Jason at or 312-861-4843 for more information about joining PlayStreets efforts in your South Region community. To apply to be a north/west region community implementer, please visit our PlayStreets South Region page.

Resources for Organizers

Several resources are available to help organizers in planning their events!

Visit the resource page for help with:

  • Permitting and resources available through the City of Chicago,
  • Activity ideas, event planing and event design, and more!

PlayStreets in Action


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PlayStreets in Action

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