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Founded in 1994, Parkways Foundation was the non-profit, philanthropic partner of the Chicago Park District.[1] Parkways sought private investment to enrich the physical and cultural landscape of Chicago's neighborhood parks.[2] The foundation was led by its board of directors and supported by over 200 board members including Chicago's corporate and philanthropic leaders. Parkways invested in capital projects, youth cultural[3] and sports programs, and historic preservation in Chicago's neighborhood parks. Parkways projects focused on underserved neighborhoods for the enrichment of the lives of children and families.

Projects included:

Parkways closed on August 31, 2012.


  1. ^ Frey, Mary Cameron (2003-06-25). "Hope flourishes thanks to Parkways Foundation". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2008-01-17.
  2. ^ Braiker, Brian (2005-07-08). "A Beautiful Party". Newsweek. Retrieved 2008-01-17.
  3. ^ "Festival to rock Chicago a second time". Public Works. 2006-04-01. Retrieved 2008-01-17.
  4. ^ Frey, Mary Cameron (2000-09-28). "Bringing greenery to kids". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2008-01-17.