Bessemer Park

  • 8930 S. Muskegon Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60617 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
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  • Park Supervisor: Alonzo Dunlap
  • Park 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 Notes: 8930 S. Muskegon Ave.

Bessemer Basketball

Bessemer Basketball

Location Notes: 8930 S. Muskegon Ave.

Bessemer Boxing Gym

Bessemer Boxing Gym

Location Notes: 8930 S. Muskegon Ave.

Bessemer Park - Bena Marie Jackson

Bessemer Park - Bena Marie Jackson

Location: 8930 S. Muskegon

Hours:

Phone: (773) 656-3659

Descriptors: Food & Beverage

Bessemer Fieldhouse

Bessemer Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 8930 S. Muskegon Ave.

Hours: , ,

Bessemer Turf Soccer/Football

Bessemer Turf Soccer/Football

Location Notes: 8930 S. Muskegon Ave.

Descriptors: Grass

Bessemer Unofficial Soccer Field

Bessemer Unofficial Soccer Field

Location Notes: 8930 S. Muskegon Ave.

Descriptors: Artificial Turf

Bessemer Gymnasium

Bessemer Gymnasium

Location Notes: 8930 S. Muskegon Ave.

Bessemer Clubrooms

Bessemer Clubrooms

Location Notes: 8930 S. Muskegon Ave.

Bessemer Paths and Trails

Bessemer Paths and Trails

Location Notes: 8930 S. Muskegon Ave.

Bessemer Picnic Area

Bessemer Picnic Area

Location Notes: 8930 S. Muskegon Ave.

Bessemer Playground

Bessemer PlaygroundAccessible

Notes: Chicago Plays! Renovations, Summer 2016

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Bessemer Handball/Raquetball

Bessemer Handball/Raquetball

Location Notes: 8930 S. Muskegon Ave.

Bessemer Running Track

Bessemer Running Track

Location Notes: 8930 S. Muskegon Ave.

Bessemer Tennis Court

Bessemer Tennis Court

Location Notes: 8930 S. Muskegon Ave.

Bessemer Spray Pool

Bessemer Spray Pool

Location Notes: 8930 S. Muskegon Ave.

Summer Programs

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  The standard 6-week day camp runs June 26 through August 4.  Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other summer programs start the week of June 19 and run through the week of August 21.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 11 and run through the week of December 4.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wish list.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 12, 2017.

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
Adult Swim at Bessemer 195106OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/06/24 18:00From June 24, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 1pm to 1:50pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 1:50pm
$0
Boxing at Bessemer 195429InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/06/19 19:30From June 19, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 4pm
Each Saturday from 11am to 12:30pm
$0
Boxing at Bessemer 195430InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/06/19 21:00From June 19, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 2pm
$0
Boxing at Bessemer 195431InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2017/06/19 22:30From June 19, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4pm
$53.00
Family Swim at Bessemer 195899OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/19 17:00From June 19, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from Noon to 1pm
Each Sunday from 5pm to 7:15pm
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 7:15pm
$0
Learn to Swim at Bessemer 196434InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/25 16:00From June 25, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Bessemer 196433InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/24 16:00From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
TEAM Sports at Bessemer 197147InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/21 17:00From June 21, 2017 to August 30, 2017
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1:30pm
$35.00
Youth Swim Female at Bessemer 197717OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Female2017/06/19 20:30From June 19, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 3:30pm to 4:50pm
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 3:20pm
From June 19, 2017 to June 23, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Monday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
From August 7, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Monday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
$0
Youth Swim Female at Bessemer 197717OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Female2017/06/19 20:30From June 19, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 3:30pm to 4:50pm
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 3:20pm
From June 19, 2017 to June 23, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Monday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
From August 7, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Monday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
$0
Youth Swim Female at Bessemer 197717OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Female2017/06/19 20:30From June 19, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 3:30pm to 4:50pm
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 3:20pm
From June 19, 2017 to June 23, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Monday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
From August 7, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Monday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
$0
Youth Swim Male at Bessemer 197722OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Male2017/06/19 19:00From June 19, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 2pm to 3:20pm
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 4:50pm
From June 19, 2017 to June 23, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
From August 7, 2017 to August 18, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 12:30pm
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
From June 28, 2017 to August 2, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
Youth Swim Male at Bessemer 197722OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Male2017/06/19 19:00From June 19, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 2pm to 3:20pm
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 4:50pm
From June 19, 2017 to June 23, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
From August 7, 2017 to August 18, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 12:30pm
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
From June 28, 2017 to August 2, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
Youth Swim Male at Bessemer 197722OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Male2017/06/19 19:00From June 19, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 2pm to 3:20pm
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 4:50pm
From June 19, 2017 to June 23, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
From August 7, 2017 to August 18, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 12:30pm
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
From June 28, 2017 to August 2, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
Youth Swim Male at Bessemer 197722OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Male2017/06/19 19:00From June 19, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 2pm to 3:20pm
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 4:50pm
From June 19, 2017 to June 23, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
From August 7, 2017 to August 18, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 12:30pm
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
From June 28, 2017 to August 2, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball - Open at Bessemer 205186OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/11 23:00From September 11, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Bessemer 205188OpenSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/12 20:30From September 12, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Bessemer 205187OpenSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/16 18:00From September 16, 2017 to December 2, 2017
Each Saturday from 1pm to 3pm
$0
Basketball Camp at Bessemer 205379CampsCamps - SportsAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2017/09/12 22:30From September 12, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 7pm
$0
Basketball League at Bessemer 205189Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/11 20:00From September 11, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 5pm
$0
Bitty Basketball at Bessemer 205475InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/16 15:00From September 16, 2017 to December 2, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:30am
$13.00
Bowling (Special Recreation) at Bessemer 221922InstructionSports - Bowling8 and upCoed2017/09/13 21:00From September 13, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Boxing at Bessemer 205541InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/09/04 20:00From September 4, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Saturday from 11am to 12:30pm
$0
Boxing at Bessemer 205542InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/04 21:30From September 4, 2017 to December 9, 2017
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
$0
Boxing at Bessemer 205543InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2017/09/04 23:00From September 4, 2017 to December 9, 2017
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
$53.00
Cooking (Special Rec) at Bessemer 221919InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-Help14 and upCoed2017/09/14 19:00From September 14, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Thursday from 2pm to 4pm
$0
Crazy Crafter's Club at Bessemer 205734InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts60 and upCoed2017/09/11 15:00From September 11, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1:30pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1:30pm
$0
Cross Country at Bessemer 205743InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 8 but less than 17Coed2017/09/05 21:00From September 5, 2017 to September 26, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Daily Living Skills (Special Rec) at Bessemer 205762InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAnyCoed2017/09/12 18:00From September 12, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 6pm
$34.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Bessemer 205779InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/09/16 16:30From September 16, 2017 to December 2, 2017
Each Saturday from 11:30am to Noon
$13.00
Dodgeball at Bessemer 205859InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/16 20:00From September 16, 2017 to December 2, 2017
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4pm
$0
Double Dutch at Bessemer 205886InstructionSports - Double DutchAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/13 22:30From September 13, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$0
Fun and Games at Bessemer 206147InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 7Coed2017/09/11 15:00From September 11, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Friday from 10am to 11:30am
$0
Game Room at Bessemer 221917OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/11 20:30From September 11, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Inner City Flag Football at Bessemer 206363InstructionSports - FootballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/08/28 22:30From August 28, 2017 to November 4, 2017
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Saturday from 8:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Learn to Swim (Special Rec) at Bessemer 221920InstructionAquatics - Lessons8 and upCoed2017/09/12 21:00From September 12, 2017 to November 28, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Mighty Fit Kids at Bessemer 208089InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/16 17:00From September 16, 2017 to December 2, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 12:30pm
$13.00
Park Kids - Fall at Bessemer 207061InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/05 20:30From September 5, 2017 to December 15, 2017
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
$8.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Bessemer 207164Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/05 20:30From September 5, 2017 to June 15, 2018$24.00
Pickleball at Bessemer 207204InstructionSports - Pickleball18 and upCoed2017/09/14 23:00From September 14, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Bessemer 207385InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 16Coed2017/09/12 21:30From September 12, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Soccer at Bessemer 207652InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/09/16 15:30From September 16, 2017 to December 2, 2017
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 11am
$13.00
Social Club (Special Recreation) at Bessemer 207749InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/09/14 23:00From September 14, 2017 to November 10, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
$13.00
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Bessemer 207778InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAnyCoed2017/09/16 15:00From September 16, 2017 to December 2, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 4pm
$13.00
Sports Camp (Special Recreation) at Bessemer 207805CampsCamps - Sports8 and upCoed2017/09/12 18:00From September 12, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 6pm
$0
T-Ball at Bessemer 207873InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/16 16:00From September 16, 2017 to December 2, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to 11:30am
$13.00
Team Tumbling at Bessemer 207962InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 4 but less than 13Female2017/09/12 22:00From September 12, 2017 to November 28, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Team Tumbling at Bessemer 207961InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 15Male2017/09/15 21:30From September 15, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Winter Break Camp (Special Rec) at Bessemer 208536CampsCamps - General InterestAnyCoed2017/11/27 19:00From November 27, 2017 to December 15, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 6pm
$0
Wrestling at Bessemer 208631InstructionSports - WrestlingAt least 8 but less than 16Coed2017/11/17 23:30From November 17, 2017 to December 22, 2017
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Winter at Bessemer 213320InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/08 21:30From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
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
$8.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Spring at Bessemer 219247InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/04/02 20:30From April 2, 2018 to June 15, 2018
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
$8.00

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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.

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.

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