PlayStreets Chicago

PlayStreets in Chicago is a collaborative initiative for healthier and stronger communities by creating safe and accessible residential play areas for kids to be active, to learn, and for neighbors to come together. A grant program from the Chicago Department of Public Health supports community-based organizations to provide local leadership in the development of PlayStreets in targeted community areas. A permit program allows residents to establish short-term traffic restrictions on their streets to use as pop-up recreation spaces.

Healthy Chicago 2.0 PlayStreets Grants

Since 2012, the Chicago Department of Public Health has issued summer implementation grants and offered technical support to various community-based organizations for the development of PlayStreets in targeted community areas. These grants serve as one of several strategies CDPH leads as part of Healthy Chicago 2.0, a plan to advance health equity across Chicago’s neighborhoods by bridging service gaps and looking at root causes for disparities in health outcomes.

Implementing community-based organizations will help organize residents to create safe, accessible environments where youth and families can be physically active, learn, create, come together, and have fun.¬†CDPH’s annual grants are expected to sponsor and create more than 150 such PlayStreets activations over the summer months through more than two dozen community-based organizations. Find a calendar of sponsored activations for the summer of 2018¬†below:

Technical Support Regions

If you would like to learn more details about how PlayStreets is being implemented in your area or to get involved with a specific activation, review this map to determine your technical support region and connect with the appropriate facilitating agency as directed below.

North & West Region

Facilitated by Gads Hill Centers, the North & West Region is defined as community Areas 1-32, 76, and 77 or those north of the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal and Interstate 55.¬†Contact Gabriela at or 312-226-0963×291¬†for more information about joining PlayStreets efforts¬†in your North & West Region community.

You may also visit¬†Gads Hill Center’s PlayStreets North & West Region page.

South Region

Facilitated by World Sport Chicago, the South Region is defined as community areas 33-75 or those south of the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal and Interstate 55. Contact Kelly at or 312-861-4941 for more information about joining PlayStreets efforts in your South Region community.

You may also visit our PlayStreets South Region page.

Planning Resources

Several free planning materials are available to help organizers in planning their activations!

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
Gads Hill Center
World Sport Chicago

North/West Region Partners
Boys and Girls Club of Logan Square
Cary T AME Church/Jesus World Center Church
Centro Romero
Chicago Youth Centers – Epstein
Chinese Mutual Aid Association
Gads Hill Center
Garfield Park Community Council
Kells Park Community Council
Mary Crane Centers
Northwest Side Housing Center
Universidad Popular
Westside Housing Authority

South Region Partners
Be the Movement Youth Network
Brighton Park Neighborhood Council
Centro Romero Juan Diego
Claretian Associates
Demoiselle 2 Femme
1st Holy Zion M. B. Church/Hopeful Presence Outreach
Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation
Hyde Park Kenwood Legends
Southwest Organizing Project
The Community Builders
Woodlawn Public Safety Alliance


PlayStreets in Action

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