Bessemer Park

  • 8930 S. Muskegon Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60617 [View Map]
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  • Park Supervisor: Alonzo Dunlap
  • Phone: (312) 747-6023

Located in the South Chicago community, Bessemer Park totals 22.88 acres and features two gymnasiums, a boxing gym, and multi-purpose rooms. Green features of our facility include two gardens. Outside, the parks offers an artificial soccer field, handball court, a swimming pool, picnic groves, softball & baseball fields, a track, and tennis courts. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our gymnasiums, fields, and multi-purpose rooms.

Park-goers can participate in Park Kids, seasonal sports, playschool activities, Therapeutic Recreation, and Teen Club. Afterschool programs are offered throughout the school year, and during the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.Specialty camps are offered in the summer as well, and include Happy Heart Camp and Special Recreation Camp.

In addition to programs, Bessemer Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family including Kiddie Prom and Hispanic History Month celebrations.

History

The South Park Commission created Bessemer Park in 1904 as part of what proved to be a nationally influential neighborhood park system. At the time, vast numbers of immigrants were arriving in Chicago with hopes of achieving the "American dream." Instead, many found intolerable living and working conditions. The city's existing parks were too far away to offer any relief. Superintendent J. Frank Foster conceived a new type of park for these areas. The innovative parks not only provided beautifully landscaped "breathing spaces," but also public bathing, the city's first branch libraries, classes and vocational training, inexpensive hot meals, health care, and a variety of recreational programs. Nationally renowned landscape architects the Olmsted Brothers and architects Daniel H. Burnham and Co. designed the whole system of new parks. In addition to Bessemer Park, the neighborhood park system included Ogden, Sherman, Palmer, and Hamilton Parks, and Mark White, Russell, Davis, Armour, Cornell Squares.

Bessemer Park was named for Sir Henry Bessemer (1813-1898), an Englishman who perfected the process of making steel which revolutionized the steel industry worldwide. The name is especially appropriate because the park is located a mile away from South Chicago's once-thriving steel mills.

Parking/Directions

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

Bessemer Baseball

Bessemer Baseball

Location: 8930 S. Muskegon Ave.

Bessemer Basketball

Bessemer Basketball

Location: 8930 S. Muskegon Ave.

Bessemer Boxing Gym

Bessemer Boxing Gym

Location: 8930 S. Muskegon Ave.

Bessemer Fieldhouse

Bessemer Fieldhouse

Location: 8930 S. Muskegon Ave.

Bessemer Turf Soccer/Football

Bessemer Turf Soccer/Football

Location: 8930 S. Muskegon Ave.

Bessemer Unofficial Soccer Field

Bessemer Unofficial Soccer Field

Location: 8930 S. Muskegon Ave.

Bessemer Gymnasium

Bessemer Gymnasium

Location: 8930 S. Muskegon Ave.

Bessemer Clubrooms

Bessemer Clubrooms

Location: 8930 S. Muskegon Ave.

Bessemer Paths and Trails

Bessemer Paths and Trails

Location: 8930 S. Muskegon Ave.

Bessemer Picnic Area

Bessemer Picnic Area

Location: 8930 S. Muskegon Ave.

Bessemer Playground

Bessemer Playground

Location: 8930 S. Muskegon Ave.

Bessemer Handball/Raquetball

Bessemer Handball/Raquetball

Location: 8930 S. Muskegon Ave.

Bessemer Running Track

Bessemer Running Track

Location: 8930 S. Muskegon Ave.

Bessemer Tennis Court

Bessemer Tennis Court

Location: 8930 S. Muskegon Ave.

Bessemer Spray Pool

Bessemer Spray Pool

Location: 8930 S. Muskegon Ave.

Fall Programs

Click on the fall tab below to view our park's offerings.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration dates for our park are listed below.
Go here to check registration dates for other parks. 

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

Click on the program name links below for program descriptions, availability information and to register online now (if available).

Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Family Swim at Bessemer 86898OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoedFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Sunday from 5pm to 6:15pm
Each Sunday from Noon to 1pm
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 6:15pm
Free
Inner City Baseball - Youth at Bessemer 87351Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 10, 2014 to August 21, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 4pm
Free
Open Swim at Bessemer 86894OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 17FemaleFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Sunday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3:30pm
Free
Open Swim at Bessemer 86890OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 17MaleFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Sunday from 2pm to 3:30pm
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Free
Open Swim at Bessemer 86901OpenAquatics - Open18 and upFemaleFrom June 14, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Each Sunday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
Free
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Baseball Camp at Bessemer 110313CampsCamps - SportsAt least 9 but less than 13CoedFrom September 8, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Free
Baseball Camp at Bessemer 110313CampsCamps - SportsAt least 9 but less than 13CoedFrom September 8, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Free
Basketball - Open at Bessemer 92194OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoedFrom September 30, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 27, 2014
$19.00
Basketball at Bessemer 92242InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 17CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Free
Basketball Camp at Bessemer 110314CampsCamps - SportsAt least 9 but less than 13CoedFrom September 2, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Free
Bitty Basketball at Bessemer 92396InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 4, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Saturday from 2pm to 2:50pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 27, 2014
$10.00
Boxing at Bessemer 92463InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 2, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 2pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Free
Boxing at Bessemer 92464InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoedFrom September 2, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 27, 2014
$50.00
Daily Living Skills (Special Rec) at Bessemer 92665InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAnyCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 6pm
$30.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Bessemer 94118Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 2, 2014 to June 12, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
$15.00
Recreational Tumbling at Bessemer 94260InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 5CoedFrom September 5, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$10.00
Senior Citizens Club at Bessemer 110310OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs55 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Free
Soccer at Bessemer 94553InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 2, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 1:50pm
$10.00
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Bessemer 94617InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAnyCoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 10am to 4pm
$10.00
Step Aerobics at Bessemer 110309InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$15.00
Teen Club at Bessemer 94836OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 2, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Free
Tennis at Bessemer 110312InstructionSports - TennisAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 3, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$10.00

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Description

Located in the South Chicago community, Bessemer Park totals 22.88 acres and features two gymnasiums, a boxing gym, and multi-purpose rooms. Green features of our facility include two gardens. Outside, the parks offers an artificial soccer field, handball court, a swimming pool, picnic groves, softball & baseball fields, a track, and tennis courts. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our gymnasiums, fields, and multi-purpose rooms.

Park-goers can participate in Park Kids, seasonal sports, playschool activities, Therapeutic Recreation, and Teen Club. Afterschool programs are offered throughout the school year, and during the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.Specialty camps are offered in the summer as well, and include Happy Heart Camp and Special Recreation Camp.

In addition to programs, Bessemer Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family including Kiddie Prom and Hispanic History Month celebrations.

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 8930 S. Muskegon Ave. 6
Basketball Court - Outdoor 8930 S. Muskegon Ave. 1
Boxing Gym 8930 S. Muskegon Ave. 1
Fieldhouse 8930 S. Muskegon Ave. 0
Football / Soccer 8930 S. Muskegon Ave. 0
Football / Soccer 8930 S. Muskegon Ave. 0
Gymnasiums 8930 S. Muskegon Ave. 2
Meeting/Event Space 8930 S. Muskegon Ave. 7
Paths and Trails 8930 S. Muskegon Ave. 1
Picnic Groves 8930 S. Muskegon Ave. 1
Playgrounds 8930 S. Muskegon Ave. 1
Racquetball Courts 8930 S. Muskegon Ave. 2
Running Tracks 8930 S. Muskegon Ave. 1
Swimming Pools 8930 S. Muskegon Ave. 0
Tennis Courts 8930 S. Muskegon Ave. 4
Water Spray Features 8930 S. Muskegon Ave. 1

The South Park Commission created Bessemer Park in 1904 as part of what proved to be a nationally influential neighborhood park system. At the time, vast numbers of immigrants were arriving in Chicago with hopes of achieving the "American dream." Instead, many found intolerable living and working conditions. The city's existing parks were too far away to offer any relief. Superintendent J. Frank Foster conceived a new type of park for these areas. The innovative parks not only provided beautifully landscaped "breathing spaces," but also public bathing, the city's first branch libraries, classes and vocational training, inexpensive hot meals, health care, and a variety of recreational programs. Nationally renowned landscape architects the Olmsted Brothers and architects Daniel H. Burnham and Co. designed the whole system of new parks. In addition to Bessemer Park, the neighborhood park system included Ogden, Sherman, Palmer, and Hamilton Parks, and Mark White, Russell, Davis, Armour, Cornell Squares.

Bessemer Park was named for Sir Henry Bessemer (1813-1898), an Englishman who perfected the process of making steel which revolutionized the steel industry worldwide. The name is especially appropriate because the park is located a mile away from South Chicago's once-thriving steel mills.

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