Registrations open today for Chicago parks programs

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With temperatures hitting the 40s on Monday, it can be hard to believe summer is just around the corner, but this year it’s Chicago Park District day camp.

Online registration began Monday morning at 9 a.m. for the in-person programs at the parks west of California Avenue and for all virtual programs.

Starting Tuesday morning at 9 a.m., you can register for the programs east of California Avenue.

“We are delighted to have our campers safely back in our parks this summer,” said Michael Kelly, general superintendent and CEO of the Chicago Park district. “Our camps offer a variety of opportunities for children across the city … the possibilities are endless.”

The six-week programs include sports, arts, fitness, and outdoor entertainment.

The park district website says civic engagement, environmental awareness and inclusion will also be part of the agenda.

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Places in these camps are always taken up quickly, but this year it will be even more difficult due to space limitations. This year, they are only available to residents of Chicago.

The summer day camp runs from June 28 to August 6, and the park’s summer programs run from June 21 to August 28.

There are camps and programs available for ages 3 to 17.

There are fees, but the park district says no one is turned away just because they can’t pay them.

“For the first time in over a year, our young people will be able to safely enjoy the Parks District summer programs in person,” said Mayor Lori Lightfoot. “The Summer of Possibility is the perfect complement to our ongoing reopening efforts and will give our young people access to the exciting and fun opportunities they deserve, especially after having gone through such a difficult year.

Depending on the number of places remaining, in-person registrations will begin on Friday.

COVID-19 guidelines include social distancing, masks, and campers placed in pods.

More details can be found at ChicagoParkDistrict.com

Suburbs like Waukegan Schaumburg, Downers Grove and Tinley Park are among those all open for summer camps.

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