Michael Kelly

General Superintendent and CEO
Chicago Park District


Appointed in 2011, Kelly is charged with managing the $450 million urban park system that serves more than 41 million patrons annually. Under his direction, the District has seen exponential growth in program registration and revenue from Soldier Field. Kelly implemented a 5 year capital improvement plan with major projects such as La Villita Park, the 606 and Maggie Daley Park with the first and only ice skating ribbon in Chicago. He’s spent 12 years with the Chicago Park District, previously as Chief Operation Officer, First Deputy General Counsel and Director of Intergovernmental and Community Affairs. He earned a JD from DePaul College of Law in Chicago, and a BA in Political Science from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio.


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