Chicago, IL
2019 ParkScore® ranking: #10
Our analysis is based on four characteristics of an effective park system:
access, investment, acreage, and amenities.
How we calculated Chicago’s ParkScore rating:
97.5 out of 100
35 out of 100
95 out of 100
75 out of 100
How does it work?
Cities can earn a maximum ParkScore rating of 100.
In evaluating park systems, we include land owned by all public agencies within the 100 most populous U.S. cities that functions as a park. ParkScore index methodology
Everyone deserves a park within a 10-minute walk of home.
Is Chicago meeting that goal?
of residents live within a 10 minute walk of a park.
National average 54%
Percent of residents within a
10-minute walk of a park by age
Children (0 - 19)
Adults (20 - 64)
Seniors (65+)
Percent of residents within a
10-minute walk of a park by income
Percent of residents within a 10-minute walk of a park by race/ethnicity
of Chicago's city land is used for parks and recreation.
National median 15%
Where in Chicago are parks needed most?
Chicago has 1230 parks
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Chicago Park Amenities Compared to the 100 Largest U.S. Cities
Basketball Hoops
75 th percentile
4.6 per 10,000 people
Dog Parks
46 th percentile
0.9 per 100,000 people
75 th percentile
3.6 per 10,000 people
69 th percentile
2.4 per 10,000 people
Recreation and Senior Centers
91 st percentile
1.7 per 20,000 people
98 th percentile
8.7 per 100,000 people
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has pledged to adopt long-term, system-wide strategies to make sure every Chicago resident has access to all the benefits parks provide.
"I have endorsed the vision that everyone deserves a park or open space within a 10-minute walk of home." — Mayor Emanuel
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