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 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.

Winter Programs

See our offerings in the Winter tab below.  Most winter programs start the week of January 9, 2017 and run through the week of March 31. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Spring Programs

Most spring programs start the week of April 3 and run through the week of June 5.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wishlist.    Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, March 4, 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 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
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
2-Ball Basketball at Bessemer 192944InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/04/03 19:30From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
$0
Baseball at Bessemer 178490InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2017/04/04 21:30From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
$0
Baseball at Bessemer 178489InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2017/04/06 21:30From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Bessemer 178530OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/04/03 23:30From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Bessemer 178529OpenSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/08 19:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4pm
$0
Bitty Basketball at Bessemer 178757InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/08 16:10From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 11:10am to 11:40am
$14.00
Boxing at Bessemer 178821InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/04/03 20:00From April 3, 2017 to June 10, 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 178822InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/04/03 21:30From April 3, 2017 to June 10, 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 178823InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2017/04/03 23:00From April 3, 2017 to June 10, 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
Boys Mentoring Program at Bessemer 192945InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 8 but less than 17Male2017/04/03 21:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$0
Chair Exercise at Bessemer 192946InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/04 16:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$0
Cheerleading - Recreational at Bessemer 178933InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 5 but less than 13Female2017/04/05 22:30From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$0
Cooking (Special Rec) at Bessemer 197805InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-Help14 and upCoed2017/04/06 19:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 2pm to 4pm
$0
Crazy Crafter's Club at Bessemer 179015InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts60 and upCoed2017/04/03 15:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 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 179037InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-Help8 and upCoed2017/04/04 18:00From April 4, 2017 to June 9, 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 179053InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2017/04/05 21:30From April 5, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Fun and Games at Bessemer 179302InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/03 15:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Friday from 10am to 11:30am
$0
Game Room at Bessemer 179303OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/04/03 22:30From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 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
$0
Learn to Swim (Special Recreation) at Bessemer 197804InstructionAquatics - Lessons8 and upCoed2017/04/10 21:00From April 10, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Mighty Fit Kids at Bessemer 192896InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/04 21:30From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Park Kids - Spring at Bessemer 180348InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/03 20:30From April 3, 2017 to June 16, 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
Pickleball at Bessemer 192895InstructionSports - Pickleball18 and upCoed2017/04/06 23:30From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$0
Recreational Tumbling at Bessemer 180658InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/04/08 15:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$14.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Bessemer 180731InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2017/04/04 22:30From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Bessemer 192947OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/04/03 17:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 2pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 2pm
Each Friday from Noon to 2pm
$0
Soccer at Bessemer 181001InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/08 16:50From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 11:50am to 12:20pm
$14.00
Social Club (Special Recreation) at Bessemer 181104InstructionSpecial Interest - Clubs8 and upCoed2017/04/06 23:00From April 6, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$14.00
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Bessemer 181121InstructionSports - Seasonal Sports8 and upCoed2017/04/08 15:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 4pm
$14.00
Spring Break Camp at Bessemer 197806CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/10 15:00From April 10, 2017 to April 14, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 6pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 6pm
Each Friday from 10am to 6pm
$0
T-Ball at Bessemer 181253InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/08 17:30From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 1pm
$14.00
Tennis at Bessemer 192897InstructionSports - TennisAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/07 22:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 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.