Buttercup Playlot Park

  • 4901 N. Sheridan Rd.   Chicago, Illinois 60640 [View Map]
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Jennifer Runge (Margate Park)
  • Park Phone: (312) 742-7522

Buttercup Playlot Park recently reopened to the public after undergoing a total renovation. The park features a mini splash pad for your kiddos to cool off and of course parents too! Baby swings, slides, climbing structures and more!  The soft-surface area is ADA accessible and there is plenty of shade to just relax.

History

In 1973, the Chicago Park District purchased this property from the City of Chicago's Department of Urban Renewal, which had cleared the lot two years before. Development of the new park would benefit children attending McCutcheon School immediately to the south, as well as senior citizens in a neighboring Chicago Housing Authority building. Officially named Buttercup Park in 1974, the playground was one of a number of parks named for trees and plants at this time. The buttercup's name derives from English dairy farmers' former belief that if their cows ate these flowers, the animals would produce butter of the same bright, rich yellow. In fact, feeding on buttercups did improve the quality of the butter because the flowers grow only on good pastureland.

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Buttercup Playground

Buttercup Playground

Location Notes: 4901 N. Sheridan Rd.

Buttercup Water Spray Feature

Buttercup Water Spray Feature

Location Notes: 4901 N. Sheridan Rd.

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Buttercup Playlot Park recently reopened to the public after undergoing a total renovation. The park features a mini splash pad for your kiddos to cool off and of course parents too! Baby swings, slides, climbing structures and more!  The soft-surface area is ADA accessible and there is plenty of shade to just relax.

In 1973, the Chicago Park District purchased this property from the City of Chicago's Department of Urban Renewal, which had cleared the lot two years before. Development of the new park would benefit children attending McCutcheon School immediately to the south, as well as senior citizens in a neighboring Chicago Housing Authority building. Officially named Buttercup Park in 1974, the playground was one of a number of parks named for trees and plants at this time. The buttercup's name derives from English dairy farmers' former belief that if their cows ate these flowers, the animals would produce butter of the same bright, rich yellow. In fact, feeding on buttercups did improve the quality of the butter because the flowers grow only on good pastureland.

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