Chicago Women's Park and Gardens

  • 1801 S. Indiana Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60616 [View Map]
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Sarah Unz
  • Park Phone: (312) 328-0821
 

Located in the Near South Side Community, locally known as the South Loop, Chicago Women’s Park & Gardens totals [2.51] acres and formerly housed the Vietnam Veterans Museum.

The Clarke House Museum sits adjacent to the gardens. Built in 1836 for Henry B. Clarke, it is Chicago’s oldest house. Over the years, the house survived fires, belonged to a church, and was moved twice – during the second move, the house was stuck in the air for two weeks. The house is now located in the Chicago Women’s Park in the Prairie Avenue Historic District, and operated as a museum by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. The recreation building is a B-3 field house facility and features an indoor children’s playground and meeting room facilities.  Visitors will also enjoy the recently renovated second and third floor space that features three new fitness studios, club room, staff office, restrooms and lockers and on the 3rd floor, Kids Science Labs.  Kids Science Labs (KSL) offers hands-on science classes, birthday parties, summer camps, and field trips for kids ages 2-12.   Outside, the park offers a passive garden. Part of the spaces available for rental for children’s birthday parties and meetings.

Park-goers can enjoy mom, tots and pop classes or play bridge or take yoga classes at the facility. In the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp. Specialty camps include pre-school activities. In addition, 

In addition to programs, Chicago Women’s Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as Parents Night Out and Concerts in the Park.

Opened to the public in 2000, Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens honors the contributions that women have made to the city throughout its history. The park provides a quite respite in the Near South Side community area. It is located within the Prairie Avenue Historic District, and nestled between two house museums— the Widow Clarke House and the Glessner House. The park’s field house includes an indoor playground, two clubrooms, a café, and the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Art Museum, which operates out of the third floor of the building. In 2011, the Chicago Park District installed a relatively small, but extremely significant monument in the park in homage to Jane Addams (1860 – 1935), Chicago’s famous social reformer and Nobel Peace Prize winner. Internationally renowned artist Louise Bourgeios (1911 – 2010) created the artwork, which was first dedicated on the city’s lakefront in 1996. The sculpture was commissioned by the B.F. Ferguson Fund of the Art Institute of Chicago. Representatives of the Art Institute selected Bourgeios because they knew that the surrealist artist would portray Jane Addams through a symbolically powerful artwork rather than a depictive figurative sculpture. Bourgeios produced a series of carved granite hands that sit on rough-hewn granite bases. The monument, which is also known as “Helping Hands,” recognizes the humanity of Addams’ efforts, as well as the large number of people she helped. Speaking about her work in a 2007 PBS Documentary film entitled “From Art in the 21stCentury” Louise Bourgeois said, “A work of art does not have to be explained… If you do not have any feeling about this, I cannot explain it to you. If this doesn't’t touch you, I have failed.” The work entails six rough hewn stone bases which each support a hand or series of carved black granite hands representing a broad range of people of different ages and backgrounds. The current installation reflects the artist’s original arrangement of the sculptures and their positions. Describing the significance of the artist and her approach to this project, Michael Darling, a Chief Curator at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art explains: “Louise Bourgeois is one of the most important and influential artists of the 20thand 21stcentury, primarily because she has addressed central aspects of the human condition in her work. Channeling the issues raised during her tumultuous childhood, she has focused her work on ideas about inter-personal communication, nurturing, alienation, belonging, motherhood, sensuality, birth and death, among many other themes. This sculpture is an excellent example of how she suggests these concepts in a truly universal form—through the motif of the human hand.”

History

Landscape architect Mimi McKay and architect Tannys Langdon designed Chicago Women’s Park and Garden, which opened to the public in 2000. The small scale of the park and its lushly planted borders enhance the space’s contemplative feeling. The centerpiece of the design is the Botanical Gardens Fountain with a copper-coated cast iron basin created by Robinson Iron of Alexander City, Alabama.A winding path along the perimeter of the site serves as a metaphor of a woman as she moves in and out of traditional boundaries and roles through the course of her life.

For additional information please visit, http://www.clarkehousemuseum.org

Parking/Directions

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

Open Play Area

Open Play Area Hours:

Mondays: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Tuesdays: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Wednesdays: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Thursdays: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Fridays: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Saturdays: CLOSED

 

Chicago Women's Park and Garden Community Garden

Chicago Women's Park and Garden Community Garden

Location Notes: 1801 S. Indiana

Notes: Community Garden

Chicago Women's Park & Gardens - Café Society Chicago

Chicago Women's Park & Gardens - Café Society Chicago

Location: 1801 S. Indiana Ave.

Hours: ,

Phone: (312)842-4210

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Chicago Women's Park & Gardens Fitness Studio

Chicago Women's Park & Gardens Fitness Studio

Location Notes: 1801 S. Indiana Ave.

Notes: All three fitness studios on the second floor featured mirrored walls.

Fall Programs

Click on the fall tab below to view our park's offerings.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration dates for our park are listed below.
Go here to check registration dates for other parks. 

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

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
Art & ABCs at Chicago Women's 94203InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 4CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
$50.00
Art & ABCs at Chicago Women's 110885InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 4CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$50.00
Ballet - Beginner at Chicago Women's 94715InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 2 but less than 6CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$50.00
Ballet - Beginner at Chicago Women's 111556InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$50.00
Ballet - Beginner at Chicago Women's 110875InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 2 but less than 4CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 10:15am
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 27, 2014
$50.00
Ballet - Intermediate at Chicago Women's 94716InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 2 but less than 6CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 10am to 10:45am
$50.00
Ballet - Intermediate at Chicago Women's 110876InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:15am
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 27, 2014
$50.00
Ballet Conditioning at Chicago Women's 92135InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to November 3, 2014
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 13, 2014
$30.00
Bitty Basketball at Chicago Women's 110884InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 27, 2014
$30.00
Bridge Club at Chicago Women's 92512OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs18 and upCoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 19, 2014
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$10.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Chicago Women's 110873InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 2:15pm to 3pm
$50.00
Dance - Jazz at Chicago Women's 110871InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 2 but less than 6CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 11am to 11:45am
$50.00
Dance - Tap at Chicago Women's 95101InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 2 but less than 5CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 2:15pm to 3pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 13, 2014
$50.00
Dance - Tap at Chicago Women's 94774InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$50.00
Dino Diggers at Chicago Women's 93921InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 2pm to 2:15pm
$25.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Chicago Women's 92837InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$16.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Chicago Women's 92838InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$16.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Chicago Women's 95607InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 10:15am to 11:15am
$16.00
Fun and Games at Chicago Women's 93896InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 2 but less than 4CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 2:15pm to 3pm
$50.00
Fun and Games at Chicago Women's 93770InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 2 but less than 6CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
$50.00
Kiddie College - Fall Session at Chgo. Women's 93465InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 8:30am to 10:30am
Each Wednesday from 8:30am to 10:30am
Each Friday from 8:30am to 10:30am
$220.00
Kiddie College - Fall Session at Chgo. Women's 93466InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 22, 2014
Each Monday from 11:15am to 2:15pm
Each Wednesday from 11:15am to 2:15pm
Each Friday from 11:15am to 2:15pm
$330.00
Kiddie College Fall Winter Spring at Chgo. Women's 110668Activity_PackageEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 8:30am to 10:30am
Each Wednesday from 8:30am to 10:30am
Each Friday from 8:30am to 10:30am
$660.00
Kiddie College Fall Winter Spring at Chgo. Women's 93518Activity_PackageEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 11:15am to 2:15pm
Each Wednesday from 11:15am to 2:15pm
Each Friday from 11:15am to 2:15pm
$990.00
Little Artists at Chicago Women's 110880InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$50.00
Little Artists at Chicago Women's 110881InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 5 but less than 9CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$50.00
Little Artists at Chicago Women's 93771InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 6CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to November 1, 2014
Each Saturday from 11:15am to Noon
$50.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Chicago Women's 110883InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 2 but less than 4CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 4pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 27, 2014
$35.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Chicago Women's Cancelled93749InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$50.00
Mommy and Me Ballet at Chicago Women's 95216InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 1 but less than 3CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$50.00
Mommy and Me Ballet at Chicago Women's 110878InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 1 but less than 3CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 2:15pm to 3pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 27, 2014
$50.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Chicago Women's 93849InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11:30am
$60.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Chicago Women's 93848InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 7pm
$35.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Chicago Women's 93850InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 10am to 11:30am
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 27, 2014
$60.00
Play School at Chicago Women's 94205InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 5CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 8:45am to 9:30am
$50.00
Play School at Chicago Women's 94204InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 5CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 8:45am to 9:30am
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 27, 2014
$50.00
Recreational Tumbling at Chicago Women's 94264InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 10CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 6:15pm to 7pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 27, 2014
$50.00
Running Group at Chicago Women's 93783InstructionWellness - Fitness16 and upCoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$16.00
Soccer at Chicago Women's 93772InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 25, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 11am to 11:45am
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 27, 2014
$50.00
Storybook Adventures at Chicago Women's 110886InstructionCulture and Arts - Event - TheaterAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$35.00
Storybook Adventures at Chicago Women's 110887InstructionCulture and Arts - Event - TheaterAt least 5 but less than 10CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$35.00
Storybook Adventures at Chicago Women's 93897InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 2 but less than 6CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 9am to 9:45am
$50.00
Stroller Fitness at Chicago Women's 93523InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 22, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$16.00
Tap & Ballet at Chicago Women's 94775InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$50.00
Tap & Ballet at Chicago Women's 110678InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 2 but less than 5CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$50.00
Tiny Tot Dance at Chicago Women's 95217InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 2 but less than 5CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$50.00
Tiny Tot Dance at Chicago Women's 110877InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 2 but less than 4CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 27, 2014
$50.00
Tiny Tot Tennis at Chicago Women's 110890InstructionSports - TennisAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 11am to 11:45am
$50.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Chicago Women's 95219InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 2 but less than 4CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 2:15pm to 3pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 27, 2014
$50.00
Tot Spot at Chicago Women's Cancelled93920OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$25.00
Tot Spot at Chicago Women's 95262OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 6m but less than CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 12:30pm
$35.00
Tot Spot at Chicago Women's Cancelled110892OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$25.00
Urban Moves at Chicago Women's Cancelled92693InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$50.00
Weather Weather Everywhere at Chicago Women's Cancelled111837InstructionOutdoor & Environment - EducationAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$50.00
Yoga at Chicago Women's 95534InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$16.00
Yoga/Pilates at Chicago Women's 111554InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$16.00
You Build It at Chicago Women's 111833InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 2 but less than 6CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 2:15pm to 3pm
$50.00
You Build It at Chicago Women's 111836InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 6:15pm to 7pm
$50.00
Zumba at Chicago Women's 95605InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$16.00
Zumba at Chicago Women's 95606InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 24, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$16.00

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Located in the Near South Side Community, locally known as the South Loop, Chicago Women’s Park & Gardens totals [2.51] acres and formerly housed the Vietnam Veterans Museum.

The Clarke House Museum sits adjacent to the gardens. Built in 1836 for Henry B. Clarke, it is Chicago’s oldest house. Over the years, the house survived fires, belonged to a church, and was moved twice – during the second move, the house was stuck in the air for two weeks. The house is now located in the Chicago Women’s Park in the Prairie Avenue Historic District, and operated as a museum by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. The recreation building is a B-3 field house facility and features an indoor children’s playground and meeting room facilities.  Visitors will also enjoy the recently renovated second and third floor space that features three new fitness studios, club room, staff office, restrooms and lockers and on the 3rd floor, Kids Science Labs.  Kids Science Labs (KSL) offers hands-on science classes, birthday parties, summer camps, and field trips for kids ages 2-12.   Outside, the park offers a passive garden. Part of the spaces available for rental for children’s birthday parties and meetings.

Park-goers can enjoy mom, tots and pop classes or play bridge or take yoga classes at the facility. In the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp. Specialty camps include pre-school activities. In addition, 

In addition to programs, Chicago Women’s Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as Parents Night Out and Concerts in the Park.

Opened to the public in 2000, Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens honors the contributions that women have made to the city throughout its history. The park provides a quite respite in the Near South Side community area. It is located within the Prairie Avenue Historic District, and nestled between two house museums— the Widow Clarke House and the Glessner House. The park’s field house includes an indoor playground, two clubrooms, a café, and the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Art Museum, which operates out of the third floor of the building. In 2011, the Chicago Park District installed a relatively small, but extremely significant monument in the park in homage to Jane Addams (1860 – 1935), Chicago’s famous social reformer and Nobel Peace Prize winner. Internationally renowned artist Louise Bourgeios (1911 – 2010) created the artwork, which was first dedicated on the city’s lakefront in 1996. The sculpture was commissioned by the B.F. Ferguson Fund of the Art Institute of Chicago. Representatives of the Art Institute selected Bourgeios because they knew that the surrealist artist would portray Jane Addams through a symbolically powerful artwork rather than a depictive figurative sculpture. Bourgeios produced a series of carved granite hands that sit on rough-hewn granite bases. The monument, which is also known as “Helping Hands,” recognizes the humanity of Addams’ efforts, as well as the large number of people she helped. Speaking about her work in a 2007 PBS Documentary film entitled “From Art in the 21stCentury” Louise Bourgeois said, “A work of art does not have to be explained… If you do not have any feeling about this, I cannot explain it to you. If this doesn't’t touch you, I have failed.” The work entails six rough hewn stone bases which each support a hand or series of carved black granite hands representing a broad range of people of different ages and backgrounds. The current installation reflects the artist’s original arrangement of the sculptures and their positions. Describing the significance of the artist and her approach to this project, Michael Darling, a Chief Curator at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art explains: “Louise Bourgeois is one of the most important and influential artists of the 20thand 21stcentury, primarily because she has addressed central aspects of the human condition in her work. Channeling the issues raised during her tumultuous childhood, she has focused her work on ideas about inter-personal communication, nurturing, alienation, belonging, motherhood, sensuality, birth and death, among many other themes. This sculpture is an excellent example of how she suggests these concepts in a truly universal form—through the motif of the human hand.”

Landscape architect Mimi McKay and architect Tannys Langdon designed Chicago Women’s Park and Garden, which opened to the public in 2000. The small scale of the park and its lushly planted borders enhance the space’s contemplative feeling. The centerpiece of the design is the Botanical Gardens Fountain with a copper-coated cast iron basin created by Robinson Iron of Alexander City, Alabama.A winding path along the perimeter of the site serves as a metaphor of a woman as she moves in and out of traditional boundaries and roles through the course of her life.

For additional information please visit, http://www.clarkehousemuseum.org

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

Open Play Area Hours:

Mondays: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Tuesdays: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Wednesdays: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Thursdays: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Fridays: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Saturdays: CLOSED