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    Introducing Platforms in the Park, a city-wide initiative to empower, connect, inspire, and activate all of Chicago through local, community-led experiences.

    To build on the momentum of The 77 Project, this summer, in partnership with Xfinity and in collaboration with the Chicago Park District, we’re presenting a brand-new experience. Kicking off in June and present until August, you'll find yellow platforms at 12 local parks* on the North, West, and South Sides of the city. Each platform will serve as a place for community members to participate in spontaneous performance, direct address, town hall-style meetings, and more. This is an opportunity for everyone to share their story, because sometimes all an idea needs is a platform.

    Chicago Ideas will produce events in collaboration with community leaders and nonprofit organizations that will take place on platforms across the city, all summer long. Explore the parks, events (new events coming soon!), and subscribe to our mailing list to get updates. 

    Want to host an event on a platform this summer? Email your idea to so we can help you promote it here.

    Special thanks to Chicago Ideas Brain Trust Member Wendy Abrams for her thought leadership and collaboration to bring this idea to life.


    Get Schooled: Chicago Trivia + Talk brought to you by iMentor 

    Love trivia? Know Chicago? Put your skills to the test and join us for a game of trivia featuring a variety of Chicago topics. Compete for prizes with your family and friends! We’ll have fun activities for all ages, including card making stations, as well as an info session about iMentor, a local non-profit that helps high school CPS students through mentorship. Light snacks will be provided for the first 25 people and don’t forget your picnic blanket!

    Thursday, August 22 | 6-8pm | Nichols Park (1404 E. 53rd St., Chicago, IL 60615)

    Tuesday, August 27 | 6-8pm | Dvorak Park (1119 W. Cullerton St., Chicago, IL 60608) 


    Here's where you can find us this summer.
    1. Berger Park (6205 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL 60660)
    2. Calumet Park: (9801 S. Avenue G, Chicago, IL 60617)
    3. Douglas Park: (S. Sacramento Dr. & W. Douglas Blvd., Chicago, IL 60623)
    4. Dvorak Park: (1119 W. Cullerton St., Chicago, IL 60608)
    5. Hamilton Park: (513 W 72nd St, Chicago, IL 60621)
    6. BONUS: Polk Bros Park | Navy Pier: (600 E Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60611)
    7. Nichols Park: (1404 E. 53rd St., Chicago, IL 60615)
    8. Pasteur Park: (5701 S. Kostner Ave, Chicago, IL 60629)
    9. Ping Tom Park: (236 W. 19th St., Chicago, IL 60616)
    10. Revere Park: (2509 W. Irving Park Rd. Chicago, IL 60618)
    11. Shedd Park: (3660 W. 23rd St. Chicago, IL 60623)
    12. Washington Park/DuSable Museum: (740 E. 56th Pl., Chicago, IL 60637)

    *park locations are subject to change.


    More news about Platforms in the Park coming soon!