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The Jefferson Memorial Park Advisory Council (JMPAC) is a 501(c)3 in partnership with the Friends of the Park: Neighborhood Parks Program. Our mission is to enhance, develop, assist in sponsoring, and build partnerships in support of innovative programming, community activities and the historic preservation of Jefferson Memorial Park in the interest of strengthening the community.

We want to make our great park even better, and increase the number of people that come to Jefferson Park (the Park itself and our neighborhood) and enjoy everything we have to offer.

Our Work in the Park

  • Purchased projector equipment and movie rights for display in the Park
  • Created several large-scale festivals with live music and free food
  • Worked with the Park District to secure recycling trash cans
  • Showed many movies in the Park (so far): Madagascar 3, Dolphin Tale, The Karate Kid, Despicable Me, Cars, The Blues Brothers, Frozen (twice) and more
  • Created an event (Bouncy Tuesdays) with inflatable bouncy houses through the Chicago Park District to supplement the playlot for small children
  • Increased tennis court usage and improved tennis amenities, including buying glare-netting and new nets for the courts
  • Supported and advocated for Esdohr house repainting and exterior renovation
  • Purchased and installed an historical plaque for the house
  • Supported and advocated for the restoration of the lockers inside the swimming-pool building
  • Created and funded a chess club
  • Bought table-tennis tables and started a tournament
  • Raised over $50,000 dollars directly for Jefferson Memorial Park

Some Previous Events

Paschke in the Park
Our celebration of Chicago artist Ed Paschke right across the street from the Ed Paschke Art Center introduces kids and families to art and science and promotes creativity.

Movies in the Park
We've shown Madagascar 3, Dolphin Tale, The Karate Kid (1984), Despicable Me, The Blues Brothers, Frozen (twice), and more to lawns full of excited families.

Bouncy Tuesdays
Kids love those inflatable bouncy houses. And over the past few summers they've proved it by turning out in droves for our Bouncy Tuesday events.

Water Wars
With the occasional summer heatwaves, we decided it would be fun to have water-related events with huge inflatable waterslides, water balloons and fun activities for cooling off.

Nostalgic Welcome and Good-Bye Events
JMPAC started a tradition of opening the spring and closing out the fall with sometimes-nostalgia-themed events, getting throwback bands such as American English and Breakfast Club to play live shows.

October Fall Festival
Another new tradition is our October Fall Festival, with free pumpkins to decorate, costume parades, and, naturally, candy.

Winter Holiday Festival
Santa Claus came to town; he came to Jefferson Park and posed with hundreds of kids over the years. Our Holiday Festival features photos with The Jolly Elf, real live reindeer, ornament making, letters to Santa, sleigh rides, hot cocoa and more.

The Future

How You Can Help

In the Works

  • Renovate circle area in front of field house
  • Activate Esodohr house
  • Create compelling family events
  • Promote cleanliness and civility in park

(773) 234-PARK        4822 N. Long Ave.

Jefferson Memorial Park Advisory Council

4822 N. Long Ave., 60630

(773) 234-7275