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

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

The standard 6-week day camp runs July 5 - August 12. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 20 and run through the week of August 22. See our offerings in the Summer tab below - click on the program name links to register now. Registration is on-going while spots are available. 

  

 

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 dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 20, 2016.

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

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Adult Swim at Bessemer 155915OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/06/25 18:00From June 25, 2016 to September 4, 2016
Each Sunday from 1pm to 1:50pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 1:50pm
$0
Family Swim at Bessemer 156686OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 17:00From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
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 157090InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/19 16:00From June 19, 2016 to September 4, 2016
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Bessemer 157089InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/18 16:00From June 18, 2016 to September 3, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Youth Swim Female at Bessemer 158769OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Female2016/06/20 20:30From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
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 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
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 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
From August 22, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
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 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
From July 6, 2016 to August 10, 2016
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
$0
Youth Swim Female at Bessemer 158769OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Female2016/06/20 20:30From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
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 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
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 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
From August 22, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
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 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
From July 6, 2016 to August 10, 2016
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
$0
Youth Swim Female at Bessemer 158769OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Female2016/06/20 20:30From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
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 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
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 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
From August 22, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
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 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
From July 6, 2016 to August 10, 2016
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
$0
Youth Swim Female at Bessemer 158769OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Female2016/06/20 20:30From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
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 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
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 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
From August 22, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
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 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
From July 6, 2016 to August 10, 2016
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
$0
Youth Swim Male at Bessemer 158777OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Male2016/06/20 19:00From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
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 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
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 22, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
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 July 6, 2016 to August 10, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
Youth Swim Male at Bessemer 158777OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Male2016/06/20 19:00From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
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 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
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 22, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
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 July 6, 2016 to August 10, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
Youth Swim Male at Bessemer 158777OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Male2016/06/20 19:00From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
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 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
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 22, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
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 July 6, 2016 to August 10, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
Youth Swim Male at Bessemer 158777OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Male2016/06/20 19:00From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
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 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
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 22, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
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 July 6, 2016 to August 10, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball - Open at Bessemer 184209OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/07 19:30From September 7, 2016 to December 16, 2016
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
$0
Basketball - Open at Bessemer 165140OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2016/09/07 23:00From September 7, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Bessemer 184153OpenSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/07 21:00From September 7, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Bessemer 165141OpenSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/10 19:00From September 10, 2016 to November 19, 2016
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3pm
$0
Basketball Camp at Bessemer 165323CampsCamps - SportsAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/09/06 22:30From September 6, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 7pm
$0
Bitty Basketball at Bessemer 165396InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/10 15:00From September 10, 2016 to November 19, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:30am
$12.00
Boxing at Bessemer 165461InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/09/06 20:00From September 6, 2016 to November 26, 2016
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 165462InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/06 21:30From September 6, 2016 to November 26, 2016
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 165463InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2016/09/06 23:00From September 6, 2016 to November 26, 2016
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
$52.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at Bessemer 165551InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2016/09/14 22:30From September 14, 2016 to November 16, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$0
Crazy Crafter's Club at Bessemer 184210InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts60 and upCoed2016/09/19 15:00From September 19, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1:30pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1:30pm
$0
Crazy Crafter's Club at Bessemer 184211InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2016/09/19 18:30From September 19, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 3pm
$0
Cross Country at Bessemer 165659InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 8 but less than 17Coed2016/09/13 21:00From September 13, 2016 to October 4, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Daily Living Skills (Special Rec) at Bessemer 165676InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAnyCoed2016/09/20 18:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 6pm
$32.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Bessemer 184212InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/22 00:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$0
Dance - Hip Hop at Bessemer 167636InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/10 16:30From September 10, 2016 to November 19, 2016
Each Saturday from 11:30am to Noon
$12.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Bessemer 184151InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/10 18:00From September 10, 2016 to November 19, 2016
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$0
Dodgeball at Bessemer 165766InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/10 20:00From September 10, 2016 to November 19, 2016
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4pm
$0
Double Dutch at Bessemer 165791InstructionSports - Double DutchAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/14 23:00From September 14, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Fun and Games at Bessemer 166035InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 7Coed2016/09/07 15:00From September 7, 2016 to November 23, 2016
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
Inner City Flag Football at Bessemer 166535InstructionSports - FootballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/09/07 21:30From September 7, 2016 to October 29, 2016
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 11:30am
$0
Park Kids - Fall at Bessemer 167264InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/06 20:30From September 6, 2016 to December 16, 2016
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 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
Pickleball at Bessemer 184213InstructionSports - Pickleball18 and upCoed2016/09/06 23:00From September 6, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Pickleball at Bessemer 184214InstructionSports - PickleballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/09/23 21:00From September 23, 2016 to November 18, 2016
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Bessemer 167731InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 16Coed2016/09/20 21:30From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Soccer at Bessemer 168002InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/10 15:30From September 10, 2016 to November 19, 2016
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 11am
$12.00
Social Club (Special Recreation) at Bessemer 168094InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/09/22 23:00From September 22, 2016 to November 18, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
$12.00
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Bessemer 168111InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAnyCoed2016/09/24 15:00From September 24, 2016 to November 19, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 4pm
$12.00
Sports Camp (Special Recreation) at Bessemer 185725CampsCamps - Sports8 and upCoed2016/09/06 18:00From September 6, 2016 to September 9, 2016
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 184154InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/10 16:00From September 10, 2016 to November 19, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to 11:30am
$12.00
Team Tumbling at Bessemer 168269InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 13Female2016/09/06 22:00From September 6, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Team Tumbling at Bessemer 168268InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 16Male2016/09/09 21:00From September 9, 2016 to November 18, 2016
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Teen Club at Bessemer 168276OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/23 23:30From September 23, 2016 to November 18, 2016
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Tiny Tot Cheerleading at Bessemer 184152InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/10 17:00From September 10, 2016 to November 19, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 12:30pm
$12.00
Winter Break Camp (Special Rec) at Bessemer 169022CampsCamps - General InterestAnyCoed2016/12/05 19:00From December 5, 2016 to December 22, 2016
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 169092InstructionSports - WrestlingAt least 8 but less than 16Coed2016/12/02 23:00From December 2, 2016 to December 30, 2016
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$0

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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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