Baraga Playlot Park

  • 2434 S. Leavitt St.   Chicago, Illinois 60608 [View Map]
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Tony Gonzales (Harrison)
  • Park Phone: (312) 746-5491

This small playground is located in the Lower West Side Community. The park features a playground, swings, water feaure and basketbal court.   It is an active community park. 

While there is no structured programming taking place at this location, we invite you to check out our great programs offered at nearby Harrison Park for recreation.  

History

Baraga Park stands on the former site of a Chicago Transit Authority car barn in the Lower West Side community. The Chicago Park District began leasing the property from the transit authority in 1967. After demolishing the car barn, the park district installed swings, a sand box, and a basketball court. The transit authority sold the property to the park district in 1973. In 1990, the park was rehabilitated with a soft surface playground featuring a redwood play structure. The park district designated the site Lilac Park in 1975, as part of a city-wide program to name parks for trees and flowers. Within three years, however, the park was renamed in honor of Frederick Baraga (1797-1868), a Slovenian immigrant and the first Catholic Bishop of Marquette, Michigan. Furthering his missionary efforts, Baraga worked to educate the Native Americans of the Upper Midwest during the mid-19th century. He authored the first dictionary and grammar books in the Ojibwa language.

Parking/Directions

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.

Baraga Basketball

Baraga Basketball

Location Notes: 2434 S. Leavitt

Notes: Renovated Summer 2014- Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Baraga Playground

Baraga Playground

Location: 2434 S. Leavitt St.

Notes: Renovated Summer 2014- Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

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This small playground is located in the Lower West Side Community. The park features a playground, swings, water feaure and basketbal court.   It is an active community park. 

While there is no structured programming taking place at this location, we invite you to check out our great programs offered at nearby Harrison Park for recreation.  

Baraga Park stands on the former site of a Chicago Transit Authority car barn in the Lower West Side community. The Chicago Park District began leasing the property from the transit authority in 1967. After demolishing the car barn, the park district installed swings, a sand box, and a basketball court. The transit authority sold the property to the park district in 1973. In 1990, the park was rehabilitated with a soft surface playground featuring a redwood play structure. The park district designated the site Lilac Park in 1975, as part of a city-wide program to name parks for trees and flowers. Within three years, however, the park was renamed in honor of Frederick Baraga (1797-1868), a Slovenian immigrant and the first Catholic Bishop of Marquette, Michigan. Furthering his missionary efforts, Baraga worked to educate the Native Americans of the Upper Midwest during the mid-19th century. He authored the first dictionary and grammar books in the Ojibwa language.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.