Bessemer Park

  • 8930 S. Muskegon Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60617 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • 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 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 9 and run through the week of March 13, 2017.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 21.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 10, 2016.

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 167373Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/06 20:30From September 6, 2016 to June 16, 2017$21.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball - Open at Bessemer 172036OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
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 172038OpenSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/14 20:30From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 4pm
$0
Basketball League at Bessemer 189495Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Male2017/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Bitty Basketball at Bessemer 172320InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 7Coed2017/01/14 16:30From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 11am
$13.00
Boxing at Bessemer 172408InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 21:00From January 9, 2017 to March 18, 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 172409InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/09 22:30From January 9, 2017 to March 18, 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 172410InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2017/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2017 to March 18, 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
Cheerleading - Recreational at Bessemer 172528InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 18Female2017/01/12 00:15From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$0
Cooking (Special Rec) at Bessemer 189490InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-Help14 and upCoed2017/01/12 20:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 2pm to 4pm
$0
Crazy Crafter's Club at Bessemer 189467InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts60 and upCoed2017/01/09 16:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
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 172632InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-Help8 and upCoed2017/01/10 19:00From January 10, 2017 to March 17, 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
$33.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Bessemer 189486InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/11 23:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Dance - Hip Hop at Bessemer 189487InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/13 23:45From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 5:45pm to 7pm
$0
Dance - Hip Hop at Bessemer 189488InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/01/14 18:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 12:30pm
$13.00
Dodgeball at Bessemer 172733InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/13 22:30From January 13, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
Double Dutch at Bessemer 172754InstructionSports - Double DutchAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/01/10 23:30From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 7pm
$0
Fun and Games at Bessemer 187424InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 16:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Monday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Friday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
$0
Fun and Games at Bessemer 189468InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 7Coed2017/01/14 17:30From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 11:30am to Noon
$13.00
Game Room at Bessemer 172984OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/10 22:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Gymnastics at Bessemer 189491InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 17Male2017/01/13 22:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Inner City Basketball at Bessemer 173354Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Male2017/01/10 22:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Learn to Swim (Special Recreation) at Bessemer 189496InstructionAquatics - Lessons8 and upCoed2017/01/10 22:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Mighty Fit Kids at Bessemer 189492InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/11 22:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Park Kids - Winter at Bessemer 173982InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 21:30From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 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
$7.00
Park Voyagers at Bessemer 187426InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/02/21 22:00From February 21, 2017 to March 31, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$0
Pickleball at Bessemer 189489InstructionSports - Pickleball18 and upCoed2017/01/20 00:00From January 19, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$0
Recreational Tumbling at Bessemer 174162InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2017/01/14 16:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:30am
$13.00
Seasonal Sports (Special Recreation) at Bessemer 174228InstructionSports - Seasonal Sports8 and upCoed2017/01/14 16:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 4pm
$13.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Bessemer 187425InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/10 22:30From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Soccer at Bessemer 174499InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 7Coed2017/01/14 17:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to 11:30am
$13.00
Social Club (Special Recreation) at Bessemer 174567InstructionSpecial Interest - Clubs14 and upCoed2017/01/13 00:00From January 12, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$13.00
Special Olympics Bowling at Bessemer 189493InstructionSports - Bowling8 and upCoed2017/01/11 22:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Volleyball at Bessemer 175329InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 11 but less than 17Coed2017/01/13 23:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$0

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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.