Bessemer Park

  • 8930 S. Muskegon Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60617 [View Map]
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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 Park Pool

Bessemer Park PoolAccessible (1)

Location Notes: 8930 S. Muskegon Ave.

Hours:

Phone: (312)747-6023

Descriptors: Outdoor, ADA Lift

Bessemer Tennis Court

Bessemer Tennis Court

Location Notes: 8930 S. Muskegon Ave.

Bessemer Spray Pool

Bessemer Spray Pool

Location Notes: 8930 S. Muskegon Ave.

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 register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available. 


Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 8, 2018  and run through the week of March 12, 2018.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 9, 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
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
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
Basketball - Open at Bessemer 211610OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2018/01/09 00:00From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Bessemer 211611OpenSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2018/01/13 20:30From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 4pm
$0
Basketball League at Bessemer 211829Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 15 but less than 19Male2018/01/08 21:30From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
$0
Bitty Basketball at Bessemer 211911InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 7Coed2018/01/13 16:00From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
$14.00
Boxing at Bessemer 211998InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2018/01/08 21:00From January 8, 2018 to March 17, 2018
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 211999InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2018/01/08 22:30From January 8, 2018 to March 17, 2018
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 212000InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2018/01/09 00:00From January 8, 2018 to March 17, 2018
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
$45.00
Boys Mentoring Program at Bessemer 226910InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 10 but less than 16Male2018/01/08 23:30From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 7pm
$0
Cooking (Special Rec) at Bessemer 212182InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-Help14 and upCoed2018/01/11 20:00From January 11, 2018 to March 8, 2018
Each Thursday from 2pm to 4pm
$0
Crazy Crafter's Club at Bessemer 212193InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts60 and upCoed2018/01/08 16:00From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Monday from 10am to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1:30pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1:30pm
$0
Daily Living Skills (Special Rec) at Bessemer 212205InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-Help8 and upCoed2018/01/09 19:00From January 9, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 6pm
$35.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Bessemer 212222InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/10 23:30From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$0
Dodgeball at Bessemer 212307InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/12 23:30From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$0
Fun and Games at Bessemer 212508InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/08 17:00From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Monday from 11am to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 2pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 2pm
Each Friday from 11am to 2pm
$0
Gymnastics at Bessemer 212606InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 16Male2018/01/10 22:30From January 10, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Inner City Basketball at Bessemer 212701Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2018/01/09 22:30From January 9, 2018 to March 29, 2018
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
$0
Lacrosse at Bessemer 226906InstructionSports - LacrosseAt least 11 but less than 16Coed2018/01/08 22:30From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Learn to Swim (Special Rec) at Bessemer 212844InstructionAquatics - Lessons8 and upCoed2018/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Little Artists at Bessemer 226909InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/13 18:40From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 12:40pm to 1:30pm
$14.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Bessemer 213069InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/10 22:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
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
Seasonal Sports (Special Recreation) at Bessemer 213557InstructionSports - Seasonal Sports8 and upCoed2018/01/13 16:00From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 10am to 4pm
$14.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Bessemer 213664InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/09 22:30From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$0
Soccer at Bessemer 213831InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 7Coed2018/01/13 16:50From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 10:50am to 11:30am
$14.00
Social Club (Special Recreation) at Bessemer 213898InstructionSpecial Interest - Clubs14 and upCoed2018/01/12 00:00From January 11, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$14.00
Special Olympics Bowling at Bessemer 213914InstructionSports - Bowling8 and upCoed2018/01/10 22:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Bessemer 226907InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 7Coed2018/01/13 17:40From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 11:40am to 12:30pm
$14.00
Volleyball at Bessemer 214469InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 11 but less than 13Coed2018/01/10 23:30From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 7pm
$0
Volleyball at Bessemer 226904InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/12 22:30From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Volleyball at Bessemer 226905InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2018/01/12 23:30From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 7pm
$0
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.

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