PlayStreets Resources for Organizers

The resources below are available to PlayStreets organizers. Please contact with any questions on the PlayStreets resources below or for additional technical assistance.

Identify the date and location for your PlayStreets.

  1. Identify a space in your community that lacks access to parks or other safe play spaces. Remember, a PlayStreets event should be no more than one block in length, with no bus routes or metered parking.
  2. Create a work plan for your PlayStreets organizing team, starting from the date of your event and working backwards. Use our getting started guide to help with your planning.

Apply for Traffic Safety Permits.

The Chicago Department of Transportation grants no-cost permits to residents and community organizers for the purposes of PlayStreets and other resident organized events. These temporary traffic restrictions (no through traffic, limited parking) on a single residential block (no alleyway entrances or intersections) create safe, open spaces for families to run around, play sports and games, and join resident organized activities.

Visit CDOT to learn more about permit criteria and how to apply.

Plan Games and Activities for your PlayStreets.

  1. Identify activities that would be engaging to members of your community yet provide a variety of skill domains, open to a variety of age groups and create opportunities to engage both kids and adults. Our activity planning guide provides some considerations when identifying activities for your PlayStreets. 
  2. The PlayStreets Chicago activity handbook provides several specific suggestions for activities for your PlayStreets.
  3. Communicate your plans across your organizing team and to your volunteers. Consider laying out the full activity schedule and creating a visual layout of your event ahead of time.

Get Involved

World Sport Chicago is proud to facilitate PlayStreets for the south region of the city.

If you are interested in learning how to get involved with our local PlayStreets partners or being a community organizer yourself contact Jason at 312-861-4843 or

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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

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