Our Mission

The Chicago Parks Foundation's mission is to build a stronger community dedicated to supporting and conserving our city's parks


Chicago’s Parks

Among the oldest and largest park districts in the nation, the Chicago Park District stewards 8,500+ acres of green space. With more than 600 parks, 230 field houses, 29 beaches, 26 miles of Lakefront, 11 harbors, 8 golf courses, and 2 world-class conservatories, nearly every Chicago resident lives within a 10 minute walk of a park.

Where We Come In

We have an amazing parks system, but we knew that our parks deserved more - a place within Chicago’s charitable landscape. The Chicago Parks Foundation (CPF) launched in 2013 to operate in a private-public partnership in support of Chicago’s parks. We are the official 501c3 charitable partner to the Chicago Park District, independent but collaborative in spirit.

It’s our job to convert park users and lovers to park givers and stewards. We help raise funds and awareness for the parks via special events, community outreach, fiscal partnerships, and restoration projects. When you invest in a park, you improve the community that depends on it. Because it’s the people who make the parks, and every Chicago community - from South Side to North, West Side to Lakefront - has a unique park story.

 
 

Board of Directors

ROBERT AGUILARTreasurer
Cabrera Capital Markets LLC

BRIAN P. COLLINS 
Pedersen & Houpt

CONOR GEE
Blue Cross Blue Shield

GRAHAM C. GRADY 
Taft Stettinius & Hollister, LLP

EMILE JOHNSON
GoodeFoods

MATTHEW JACOBSON
Digitas

MICHAEL P. KELLY, Ex-Officio
Chicago Park District

 



MELINDA MAY

MARK MITTEN
The Mitten Group, Inc.

CINDY MOELIS
Pritzker Traubert Foundation

STEPHEN R. QUAZZOVice Chairman
Pearlmark Real Estate Partners

KAREN SHEEHAN, MD MPHSecretary
Ann & Robert Lurie Children's Hospital

MICHAEL D. SMITHChairman
MB Financial Bank 

BRYAN TRAUBERT
Pritzker Traubert Foundation