PlayStreets Chicago

Supported by the City of Chicago and the Chicago Department of Public Health, PlayStreets Chicago is a citywide initiative to encourage neighborhood organizations and residents to temporarily close off residential streets and provide Chicago families with pop-up play spaces to come together, be safe and get active. These free PlayStreets events empower communities to come together and address barriers to active, fun and healthy play for children, teens and families.

Together 2015 PlayStreets partners organized over 150 events in communities throughout Chicago that lack access to safe play spaces or have a higher incidence of childhood obesity and sedentary behavior. We look forward to seeing the same success in the summer of 2016.

Chicago PlayStreets Network Events

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.

View the 2016 city-wide calendar of events to find an upcoming PlayStreets near you.

World Sport Chicago PlayStreets  danceparty  PSday rugby

If you are interested in learning more about PlayStreets, wish to share another free opportunity to play or would like to support future PlayStreets initiatives, contact Jason at 312-861-4843 or

Planning to Play

Technical Support Regions

Grant applications for the 2016 season are now closed but 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.

South Region (areas 33-75)

Facilitated by World Sport Chicago and Active Transportation Alliance. Contact Jason at or 312-861-4843 for more information about joining PlayStreets efforts in your South Region community.

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!

Presented in Partnership

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Facilitated by
Active Transportation Alliance
Gads Hill Center
World Sport Chicago

North/West Region Partners
Carole Robertson Center
Centro Romero
Chicago Youth Centers
Chinese Mutual Aid Association
Garfield Park Community Council
Hope Institute Learning Academy
Lawndale AMACHI Mentoring Program
Mary Crane
Mean Streets – Open Door
New Life Community Church
Northwest Housing
Project Education Plus
Voices of the People
Westside Health Authority

South Region Partners
Brighton Park Neighborhood Council
Chicago Youth Programs
Claretian Associates
Demoiselle 2 Femme
Hyde Park Kenwood Legends
IMPACT Family Center
SGA Youth and Family Services
Southwest Organizing Project
The Community Builders
Woodlawn Public Safety Alliance


PlayStreets in Action

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