Chicago Park District
Bessemer Park Fieldhouse

Bessemer Park Fieldhouse

 
Bessemer Park Lobby

Bessemer Park Lobby

 
Bessemer Park Playground

Bessemer Park Playground

 
Bessemer Park  Baseball Field

Bessemer Park Baseball Field

 
Bessemer Park Soccer Field

Bessemer Park Soccer Field

 

Bessemer Park

8930 S Muskegon Ave Chicago, IL 60617

Hours: +Park: 6am - 11pm

Fieldhouse: M-F 9am - 9pm, Sa 9am - 5pm, Su Closed

Park Supervisor:
Alonzo Dunlap

(312) 747-6023

 
 
 

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.

 

SPRING PROGRAMS:
Online registration for our park begins Tuesday, February 25 at 9 am, and in-person registration begins Saturday, March 1.  Spring programs run the week of March 31 through the week of June 2. 

SUMMER PROGRAMS:
Online registration for our park’s summer programs begins Tuesday, April 8 at 9 am, and in-person registration begins Saturday, April 12.  Our traditional 6-week summer camp program runs June 23 through August 1.  Most other summer programs run the week of June 16 through the week of August 18.

Join us! 

 
 

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 - Grass 8930 S. Muskegon Ave. 1
Football / Soccer - Turf 8930 S. Muskegon Ave. 1
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 - Outdoor 8930 S. Muskegon Ave. 0 PoolClosed for the Season. Accessibility features: ADA stairs & Lift
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.

Contact: Lydia Vega

Contact Title: Park Supervisor

Phone: (312) 747-6023

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

 

 

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