Chicago Parks Foundation Bench Dedication Program

Do you know someone extraordinary whom you would like to honor?  Is there a special place in one of Chicago’s parks that has become meaningful to you or someone you love? Consider dedicating a bench in one of Chicago’s beautiful parks!. 

The Bench Dedication Program was created to honor significant people and memories in a way for all park patrons to enjoy. The Chicago Parks Foundation will work with you and the Chicago Park District to identify a site where a bench can be installed to remember a special person or an occasion in your life.

To request a bench, complete the Bench Dedication Request Form, and the Chicago Parks Foundation will contact you for further details.


Bench Dedication Request Form

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Please note: final site and location will be decided by the Chicago Park District in coordination with the donor.  Benches may be installed only on Chicago Park District property.

Please note: the plaque cannot contain any signs, symbols or logos. The Chicago Park District  will have the final approval of text inscription.  Maximum of twenty (20) characters (including spaces) are allowed per row, maximum of three (3) rows (Times New Roman font, in upper and/or lower case specified by donor).

Cost of Bench

Bench pricing varies dependent upon location and accessibility and may change. For more information about pricing call Willa at (312) 742-4781. Example locations include:

Historic parks such as Grant Park or Lincoln Park - $10,000

Promontory Point - $7,500

Other neighborhood parks - $5,000

Type of Bench

Specific benches styles are used in different parks.  The Chicago Parks Foundation will inform you of the style options available.  All benches are installed on a concrete slab and include a bronze plaque (2"x10").

How the Installation Works

After filling out the Chicago Parks Foundation Bench Dedication Request Form, you will be contacted for a site visit. Benches will be installed, weather permitting, within a 2-3 months.

Term and Guarantee

Bench and plaque are guaranteed for ten (10) years from the date of installation.  Within the ten (10) year term, the Chicago Parks Foundation will replace the plaque up to three (3) times (if needed) and will replace the bench up to one (1) time (if needed).  After ten (10) years, the donation is renewable at the current price with the first right of refusal given to the original donor.  If the original donor decides not to renew, the bench may be removed or rededicated at any time.