Chicago Park District Upcoming Events for Children who are d/hoh …..


Dads Among Dads of Deaf Students

for deaf or hard-of-hearing youth & teens with their Dads, Grand-dads, Uncles, or other Men in their lives

FIRST MEETING, Friday Night 7pm-9pm

Archer Park, 4901 S. Kilbourn Ave

A unique opportunity for Dads/Men to meet other Dads/Men & participate with their kids in some fun-filled activities of special events happening within the city!

CLICK HERE for Flyer in English

CLICK HERE for Flyer in Spanish

Chicago KIDS & Parents Club

Saturday, January 21st

Polar Adventure Days at Northerly Island

1521 S. Linn White Drive (indoor/outdoor activities!)



Parking $3

CLICK HERE for flyer


Sunday, February 12th

Family Art at Hyde Park Art Center

5020 S. Cornell




Sunday, March 18th

Family Bowl at Diversey River Bowl




Gallaudet Summer Youth Camps ……


Here’s the Gallaudet University 2017 Summer Youth Camps (SYC) Flyer. You can learn more about our Summer Youth Camps by checking their website:


If you have any further questions about Gallaudet’s Summer Youth Camp, please contact them at



Hot off the press!!! IL EARS Winter Newsletter is here!!!

The IL EARS Winter newsletter is ready for you to read!  Check it out….both English and Spanish versions available below.

Dec 2016 IL EARS English

Dec 2016 IL EARS Spanish

Chicago Childrens Theatre … The Hundred Day Dress …. Deaf/Hard of Hearing Access dates …..

THE RUTH PAGE Center for the Arts
1016 N. Dearborn St., Chicago
Show times are Tuesdays through Friday at
10 a.m., Saturdays at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., and Sundays at 11 a.m. and
2 p.m. 

Access Weekend for The Hundred Dresses

Access Weekend for The Hundred Dresses is Saturday and Sunday, February 4 and 5, with services for persons with disabilities integrated into public performances. These include:

Live open captioning for guests who are deaf or hard of hearing:
Saturday, February 4 at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m
Sunday, November 13 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Sensory friendly performance with quiet room for children on the autism spectrum or with Down Syndrome:
Saturday, February 25 at 11 a.m.

For more information visit, or call (773) 227-0180.

Did you know…………..

We have many recorded webinars from our Guide By Your Side “Call For All” series.  They are available for you to view when you need new information or just a refresher.  It’s easy, just


and start learning today…

Many recordings in both English and Spanish are available,take advantage of the invaluable resource of knowledge.


CORRECTION!! Programs for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The Chicago Park District specializes in serving the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing community throughout the city of Chicago. The parks offer year-round programming to meet the recreational needs of individuals who are who have all types of hearing loss, from early childhood through adulthood.

Sarah B. Faber, Program Specialist
773.796.3525 (Direct Video Phone & Voice)

Timothy Owens, Special Recreation Coordinator
773.273.6617 (Direct Video Phone & Voice)


All Year Programs & Summer Camps

Mom, Dad & Toddlers
Art & ABC’s
ASL Story Time
Fun & Games
Lil’ Campers, summer day camp

Youth & Teen Programs
Teen Leadership Clubs for 8th graders & high school students
Citywide Seasonal Sports
Fun & Games
Nature & Art
Summer Day Camps; Camp Sign, Sports Camp, Camp Sign Adventures & Teen Leadership

Citywide Track & Field Spring Event (associated with schools)
Cubs Care – Pitch, Hit, Run & Catch (associated with schools)

Adult Arts & Crafts and Social Club
For individuals with all types of hearing loss, visual impairment and intellectual disabilities

Judo Program
For individuals with all types of hearing loss, and for individuals who are DeafBlind

Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing Men & Women’s Basketball programs
Our teams: Chicago Rebels, Chicago Ravens & Lady Panthers compete on a competitive level and scrimmages. The teams participate in local Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing basketball tournaments as well in Regional & National Tournaments.

American Sign Language Class for Adults
Learn the basic course of ASL.

FALL PROGRAMS begin the week of September 19 thru November 26

Horner Park Programs
Fall Programs

Adult American Sign Language Class
Tuesdays, 7pm-8:30pm
$51 one-time fee
Encouraged to purchase own book, A Basic Course in American Sign Language (ISBN# 0-832666-42-6) Second Edition

Deaf Adult Arts & Crafts
For Adults with Deafness and Intellectual Disabilities
Wednesdays, 7pm-830pm
$20 one-time fee // Seniors age 60 & over receive a 50% discount

Judo Program
For individuals with primary diagnosis of blindness or visual impairment & have all types of hearing loss
Thursdays, 7pm-8pm
FREE, ages 15 & up

Pre-Teen Club
Fridays, 630pm-930pm
$7 one-time fee, Ages 9-12

Teen Club
Fridays, 630pm-930pm
$7 one-time fee, Ages 13-18(8th graders thru-High School)

Early Childhood Program
Saturdays, parents/caretakers are encouraged to attend
$6 per class, ages 3-5
Art & ABC’s, 9:30-10:15am
ASL Storytime, 10:15-11am
Fun & Games, 11-11:45am

Saturday Programs for Youth
$6 per class, Ages 6-12
Seasonal Sports, 1-2pm
Fitness & Nutrition, 2-2:30pm
Nature Fun, 2:30-3:15pm
Arts & Crafts, 3:15-4pm

Please register in person at Horner Park

Special Events

Cubs Care – Pitch, Hit, Run & Catch (associated with schools)
Horner Park, 2471 W. Montrose Ave
Wednesday, October 12, 10-2pm
k-8th grade

Archer Park, 4901 S. Kilbourn
Wednesday, October 19, 10am-2pm
k-8th grade

Chicago KIDS & Parents Club
All deaf and hard-of-hearing youth & hearing siblings, and their families, as well as hearing youth of deaf parents (up to age 14) will be in for fun-filled programs of special events happening within the city of Chicago; held every third Saturday or Sunday of each month.

Upcoming Fall events:
Family Art Making Activity
Sunday, October 9, 1pm-4pm, Free (NOT October 2nd as previously stated)
Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Avenue

Pumpkin Patch – Summit, IL pumpkin-patch-festival-flyer CLICK TO SEE ADDED FLYER
Saturday, October 8, 1130am-6pm
Bus Transportation provided from Horner Park to Summit, IL

Family Bowling
Sunday, November 20, 1-3pm (FEE TBD)
Diversey River Bowl, 2211 W. Diversey Parkway

Winter Wonderland Zoo Lights
Sunday, December 18, 4-9pm (free entrance into the zoo)
Lincoln Park Zoo
Bus Transportation will provided; TBD

For more information about the Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing Park Programs & Family Events, please contact Sarah B. Faber.

Sarah B. Faber
Program Specialist
Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing

Chicago Park District
4434 S. Lake Park Avenue
Chicago, IL 60653
773.796.3525 Direct VP & Voice
312.399.9574 cell (text only)
312.745.1303 Fax

Click here to visit the Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing website

“Play is the way in which children best prepare for the challenges of life.”`

Hot off the press!!! Illinois E.A.R.S Newsletter

Take a look at what is happening around the state! Both English and Spanish versions are available.

Aug 2016 E.A.R.S ENGLISH

Aug 2016 E.A.R.S SPANISH

August 2016 E.A.R.S. ENGLISH

August 2016 E.A.R.S. SPANISH