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Downers Grove Park District

Summer Concert Jul 29: Local Night with Kevin Presbrey

Join us at Fishel Park tonight for our second 'Local Night' concert, with a performance from singer songwriter Kevin Presbrey. Kevin, who is originally from Aurora, Il, has been performing across the midwest for over ten years, and his Americana style songs have been described as 'a marriage of the catchy hook and the rootsy americana track you might hear on a early 1970s record.' The free concert begins at 7pm. Beer, wine and food will be available to purchase. Watch a video of Kevin

Resident Registration for Fall Season Now Open

Delivery of the Fall 2014 guide has been completed. If you did not receive a guide yet, email us your address at and we'll arrange a re-delivery. This season's guide features adult volleyball leagues, fall cooking classes, fall seed library programming and our Halloween special events, including the new Suburban Horror Story event. View the interactive guide online.

Honey Sales at Lyman Woods Begin July 28

Harvesting of the summer batch of honey at Lyman Woods began this month, and honey sales will open on July 28. The Lyman Woods honey is only available from the Interpretive Center at Lyman Woods, with 1lb jars available for $9 and 8oz jars for $6. Although the honey harvest is larger than in 2013, the honey is expected to sell out quickly and will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Cash Prizes on the Line at Downers Grove Fishing Derby

Downers Grove’s annual Fishing Derby returns to Barth Pond on August 2 and over $600 of cash prizes could be caught – literally. The free event will have three tagged fish worth $100, $200 or $300 that lucky anglers under 16 have a chance of catching. Prizes will also be awarded for the longest and shortest fish caught in each age group. The catch and release Fishing Derby is held at Barth Pond in Patriot’s Park from 9am-12pm, and registration will be taken on the day. An Illinois fishing license is required for participants 16 years and up, which can be purchased at Bass Pro Shop, Wal-Mart or Sports Authority. The event is sponsored by Babich and Associates Financial Services and the Downers Grove Moose Rod and Gun Club. Read the full fishing derby rules.

Tivoli Theatre Exhibit Now Open at Museum

Going to watch a movie at the Tivoli Theatre has been a popular night out in Downers Grove for over 80 years, and the new museum exhibit charts how the experience has transformed from silent, black and white movies to today's 3D blockbusters.

The Movie Magic: Celebrating 86 Years of the Tivoli Cinema exhibition is now open at Downers Grove Museum and will feature photos from the archive, artifacts from throughout the theatre's history, Tivoli trivia games and props for visitors to take a photo of themselves by the red carpet Photo Wall

The exhibition will remain open until December 20 during regular museum opening hours - 1-6pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 10am-4pm on Saturdays. Alongside the exhibition, a series of Tivoli themed programs will also give movie fans a chance to discover even more about the theatre's past. Visit our museum webpage for details.

Chilympics Now Accepting Competitor Applications

Is your chili worth $500? Could it even be the best in the country? You’ll have a chance to find out in September when the 2nd annual Chilympics Chili Cook off returns to Downers Grove.

The home-style chili event, sanctioned by the International Chili Society (ICS), is now accepting applications from competitors. The winner will receive a $500 cash prize and an entry to the ICS national finals held in California. Prizes will also be awarded to the second and third place finishers and to the winner of the People’s Choice Award.

Chilympics takes place on September 27 from 12-4pm at Fishel Park in downtown Downers Grove. The contest is open to all ages and costs $45 to enter, which includes a $20 membership fee to ICS, a $25 Park District registration fee and a commemorative t-shirt. Competitors must also cook enough chili for the judges and the People’s Choice tasting. Full information, and competitor application forms, are available on our Chilympics web page. The deadline to enter is September 12.

Park District Launches Vision 2020 Strategic Plan

Having a clear vision of where parks and recreation in Downers Grove should be in the future is a vital step in reaching our goals. Vision 2020 is the park district's new strategic plan, which will guide the growth of Downers Grove Park District over the next five years. This plan, and a new mission statement, was created with the input of the community, staff and board members.

View the Vision 2020 Plan Here


Upcoming Events

Fishing Derby
Saturday, 8/2/2014

Sponsored by Babich and Associates Financial Services, Inc. Reel in three hours of family fun at ...[more]

Adult Whiffle Ball Tournament
Saturday, 8/2/2014

Take part in our first summer whiffle ball tournament as a mens team or a coed team. $100 per team. ...[more]

Movie magic: Tivoli Meet & greet
Friday, 8/8/2014

Stop by the Downers Grove Museum for a chance to meet the owners of the Tivoli Theatre! Mr. Johnson ...[more]

Volunteer Work Day
Saturday, 8/9/2014

Contact Ben at to sign up for a ...[more]

16th Annual Bob Nelson Junior Golf Amateur
Monday, 8/11/2014

The Bob Nelson Junior Golf Tournament, sponsored by the Downers Grove Squires Mens Golf League is ...[more]

Catalog Homes Tour
Saturday, 8/16/2014

Join museum staff on a leisurely two-hour narrated bus tour of Sears Catalog Homes and historic ...[more]

Miner Mike's Glow in the dark golf
Saturday, 8/16/2014

Play a round of mini-golf with glow in the dark balls and obstacles! $8 per round. glow in the dark ...[more]

3rd Annual Cross Town Classic
Sunday, 8/17/2014

Back for its third year! Play the Downers Grove Golf Club and River Bend Golf Course in Lisle in ...[more]

Park Board Meeting
Thursday, 8/21/2014

Board ...[more]

Park Board Meeting
Thursday, 9/4/2014

Workshop ...[more]

Outdoor Flea Market
Saturday, 9/6/2014

This popular outdoor market plays host to over 100 vendors from crafts and antiques to baby ...[more]

Movie Magic: Tivoli Tour
Saturday, 9/13/2014

Enjoy a guided tour of the historic Tivoli Theatre! Learn about the evolution of the theatre over ...[more]

Miner Mike's Glow in the dark golf
Saturday, 9/13/2014

Play a round of mini-golf with glow in the dark balls and obstacles! $8 per round. glow in the dark ...[more]

Chilympics 2014
Saturday, 9/27/2014

Do you have an award-winning chili recipe? Then get the recognition you deserve, plus a cash prize! ...[more]

Park Board Meeting
Thursday, 10/2/2014

Workshop ...[more]

2014 Fall Recreation and Parks Guide

Recreation and Parks Guide - preview!

Browse our fall programs and events before resident registration begins on July 25, 2014

Download a PDF of the guide here

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2014 Spring/Summer Recreation Guide

Recreation and Parks Guide - preview!

Download a PDF of the guide here

Download the Camp at a glance guide here


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