Chicago Women's Park and Gardens

  • 1801 S. Indiana Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60616 [View Map]
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  • Park Supervisor: Talonna Sharp
  • 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. Opened to the public in 2000, Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens honors the contributions women have made to the city throughout its history and provides a quiet respite for the community.
 
The park's recreation building is a B-3 field house facility and features an indoor children’s playground, a cafe and meeting room facilities. Visitors also enjoy the recently renovated second and third floor space, which features three new fitness studios, a club room, a staff office and Kids Science Labs. The Kids Science Labs (KSL) offer hands-on science classes, birthday parties, summer camps and field trips for kids ages 2-12. 
 

Park-goers visit Chicago Women's Park and Gardens to programs and fitness opportunities, including Mom, Pop and Tot classes, bridge tournaments and yoga. In the summer, youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp. Specialty camps are also offered, including pre-school activities. In addition to programs, Chicago Women’s Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, including movies, concerts and other Night Out in the Parks events.

Outside, the park offers a passive garden, with many spaces available for rent for children’s birthday parties, meetings and other special events. Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens is located within the Prairie Avenue Historic District and nestled between two house museums— the Widow Clarke House and the Glessner House. 

The Clarke House Museum, which sits adjacent to the gardens, was built in 1836 for Henry B. Clarke. The structure 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!

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 park's 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.

In 2011, the Chicago Park District installed a 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, “From Art in the 21st Century,” 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 touch you, I have failed.”

"Helping Hands" 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 20th and 21st centuries, 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.”

Parking/Directions

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

Helping Hands

Helping Hands (1)

Location Notes: Just north of Widow Clarke House

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

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 - Spoke & Byrd

Chicago Women's Park & Gardens - Spoke & Byrd

Location: 1801 S. Indiana Ave.

Hours: ,

Phone: (312) 842-4210

Notes:

http://www.spokeandbird.com

Descriptors: Food & Beverage

Chicago Women's Park and Gardens

Chicago Women's Park and Gardens

Location Notes: 1801 S. Indiana Ave.

Hours: , , , ,

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.

Chicago Women's Indoor Playground

Chicago Women's Indoor Playground

Hours: , , , , ,

Descriptors: Indoor

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 register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs June 26 through August 4.  Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other summer programs start the week of June 19 and run through the week of August 21.  View programs online & create your wishlist beginning  Monday, April 10.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 29, 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
Kiddie College - Fall Winter Spr at Chgo Women's 166641Activity_PackageEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/09/19 13:30From September 19, 2016 to June 9, 2017$684.00
Kiddie College - Fall Winter Spr at Chgo Women's 166642Activity_PackageEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 16:00From September 19, 2016 to June 9, 2017$1,032
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Acting at Chicago Women's 178157InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/04/06 22:15From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
$38.00
Ballet - Beginner at Chicago Women's 178428InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/03 20:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$55.00
Ballet - Beginner at Chicago Women's 178429InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/05 14:30From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$55.00
Ballet - Beginner at Chicago Women's 178430InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 8Coed2017/04/05 21:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$55.00
Ballet - Beginner at Chicago Women's 178431InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/08 15:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
$55.00
Bitty Basketball at Chicago Women's 178758InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 4 but less than 9Coed2017/04/03 21:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$55.00
Bitty Basketball at Chicago Women's 178761InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/07 21:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$55.00
Boot Camp at Chicago Women's 179243InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/05 19:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$36.00
Boot Camp at Chicago Women's 179244InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/06 23:15From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$36.00
Bridge Club at Chicago Women's 178875OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs18 and upCoed2017/03/17 18:00From March 17, 2017 to June 23, 2017
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$14.00
Children's Theater at Chicago Women's 178962InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/04 20:15From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$55.00
Children's Theater at Chicago Women's 178961InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 4 but less than 8Coed2017/04/04 21:15From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$55.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Chicago Women's 179058InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/05 19:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$55.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Chicago Women's 179061InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/07 15:30From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$55.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Chicago Women's 179062InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/08 16:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to 11:45am
$55.00
Dance - Jazz at Chicago Women's 193552InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2017/04/03 21:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$55.00
Dance - Jazz at Chicago Women's 178459InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/05 20:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$55.00
Dance - Tap at Chicago Women's 179095InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 9Coed2017/04/08 17:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 12:45pm
$55.00
Garden Buddies at Chicago Women's 180215InstructionOutdoor & Environment - GardeningAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/05 15:30From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$55.00
Garden Buddies at Chicago Women's 180884InstructionOutdoor & Environment - GardeningAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/05 19:00From April 5, 2017 to July 5, 2017
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$55.00
Garden Buddies at Chicago Women's 179367InstructionOutdoor & Environment - GardeningAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2017/04/05 20:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$55.00
Kickboxing at Chicago Women's 179761InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/04 22:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$36.00
Kickboxing at Chicago Women's 179759InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/05 23:15From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$36.00
Kiddie College - Spring at Chgo Women's 179783InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/04/03 13:30From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 8:30am to 10:30am
Each Wednesday from 8:30am to 10:30am
Each Friday from 8:30am to 10:30am
$228.00
Kiddie College - Spring at Chgo Women's 179782InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/04/03 16:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 2pm
Each Friday from 11am to 2pm
$344.00
Little Artists at Chicago Women's 180034InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/07 15:30From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$55.00
Little Artists at Chicago Women's 180033InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/07 19:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$55.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Chicago Women's 198172InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 4 but less than 9Coed2017/04/03 21:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$53.00
Mighty Munchkins at Chicago Women's Cancelled180085InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2017/04/06 20:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$16.00
Mom and Baby Fitness at Chicago Women's 180103InstructionWellness - FitnessLess than 1Coed2017/04/03 16:15From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 11:15am to Noon
$36.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Boot Camp at Chgo Women's 180105InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2017/04/05 16:15From April 5, 2017 to May 31, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11:15am to Noon
$53.00
Mommy and Me Ballet at Chicago Women's 180125InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 1 but less than 4Coed2017/04/05 16:30From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$55.00
Mommy and Me Ballet at Chicago Women's 180126InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 1 but less than 4Coed2017/04/07 14:30From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$55.00
Mommy and Me Ballet at Chicago Women's 180127InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 1 but less than 4Coed2017/04/08 14:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 9am to 9:45am
$55.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Chicago Women's 180140InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/04/04 15:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11:30am
$65.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Chicago Women's 180141InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/04/06 15:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 10am to 11:30am
$65.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Chicago Women's 193555InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than Coed2017/04/07 14:30From April 6, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 9:30am to 11am
$65.00
Music and Movement at Chicago Women's 193559InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/03 15:30From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$55.00
Music and Movement at Chicago Women's 193560InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/03 19:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$55.00
Musical Theater at Chicago Women's 193562InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/06 20:15From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$55.00
Nature Fun at Chicago Women's 178335InstructionOutdoor & Environment - EducationAt least 8 but less than 12Coed2017/04/05 22:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$37.00
Pilates at Chicago Women's 198170InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/03 19:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$36.00
Pilates at Chicago Women's 180447InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/03 22:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$36.00
Pilates at Chicago Women's 180448InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/05 21:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$36.00
Play School at Chicago Women's 180613InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2017/04/03 14:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 9:45am
$55.00
Play School at Chicago Women's 193568InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/04/04 16:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to 2pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 2pm
$220.00
Play School at Chicago Women's 180609InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2017/04/04 13:45From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 8:45am to 9:30am
$55.00
Play School at Chicago Women's 193566InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2017/04/04 20:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$55.00
Play School at Chicago Women's 180611InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2017/04/05 16:30From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$55.00
Play School at Chicago Women's 180610InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2017/04/06 13:45From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 8:45am to 9:30am
$55.00
Play School at Chicago Women's 181215InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2017/04/06 20:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$55.00
Play School at Chicago Women's 180612InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2017/04/07 14:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 9am to 9:45am
$55.00
Pre Ballet & Creative Movement at Chicago Women's 193571InstructionGymnastics - DanceAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2017/04/07 16:30From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$55.00
Soccer at Chicago Women's 193573InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/03 20:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$55.00
Soccer at Chicago Women's 181214InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/06 19:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$55.00
Step Aerobics at Chicago Women's 198177InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2017/04/06 22:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$36.00
Tabata at Chicago Women's 198175InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/03 23:15From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$36.00
Tabata at Chicago Women's 198176InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/05 22:15From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
$36.00
Tap & Ballet at Chicago Women's 181323InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/03 16:30From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$55.00
T-Ball at Chicago Women's 181256InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/04 19:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$55.00
T-Ball at Chicago Women's 178760InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/07 20:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$55.00
Teen Leadership Club at Chicago Women's 193582InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/04/08 15:00Club meets on: 4/8/17, 4/22/17, 5/6/17, 5/20/17, 6/3/17$0
Teen Leadership Club at Chicago Women's 193582InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/04/08 15:00Club meets on: 4/8/17, 4/22/17, 5/6/17, 5/20/17, 6/3/17$0
Tiny Talkers- Spanish at Chicago Women's 181596InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2017/04/03 16:30From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$55.00
Tiny Talkers- Spanish at Chicago Women's 193575InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2017/04/07 16:30From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$55.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Chicago Women's 193588InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/05 15:30From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$55.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Chicago Women's 193590InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/07 19:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$55.00
Tot Spot at Chicago Women's 181757OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 6m but less than 3Coed2017/04/05 15:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
$39.00
Voice at Chicago Women's Cancelled193579InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/04 22:15From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
$38.00
Voice at Chicago Women's 193581InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 4 but less than 9Coed2017/04/06 21:15From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$55.00
Yoga at Chicago Women's 182095InstructionWellness - Yoga60 and upCoed2017/04/03 17:15From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$0
Yoga at Chicago Women's 182097InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/04/05 00:30From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$36.00
Yoga at Chicago Women's 182096InstructionWellness - Yoga60 and upCoed2017/04/05 17:15From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$0
Yoga Sculpt at Chicago Women's 198174InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/04/04 23:15From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$45.00
Yoga/Pilates at Chicago Women's 182153InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/04/07 00:30From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$36.00
You Build It at Chicago Women's 182168InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/04/03 15:30From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$55.00
You Build It at Chicago Women's 182167InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/03 19:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$55.00
Young Stargazers at Chicago Women's 182174InstructionOutdoor & Environment - EducationAt least 4 but less than 9Coed2017/04/05 21:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$55.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Art Camp at Chicago Women's 195265CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/06/26 14:30From June 26, 2017 to July 7, 2017
Each Monday from 9:30am to 11:30am
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 11:30am
Each Friday from 9:30am to 11:30am
$55.00
Boot Camp at Chicago Women's 195951InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/19 23:15From June 19, 2017 to August 21, 2017
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$36.00
Cardio Conditioning at Chicago Women's 195484InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/21 22:00From June 21, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$36.00
Dance Camp at Chicago Women's 201634CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/08/14 14:00From August 14, 2017 to August 18, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 3pm
Each Friday from 9am to 3pm
$75.00
Dance Camp at Chicago Women's 201633CampsCamps - General InterestAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/07/24 14:30From July 24, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 9:30am to 11:30am
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 11:30am
Each Friday from 9:30am to 11:30am
$55.00
Day Camp at Chicago Women's 195602CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$536.00
Early Bird Camp at Chicago Women's 195735CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 14:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$55.00
Eco Explorers at Chicago Women's 195809CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/08/07 14:00From August 7, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 3pm
Each Friday from 9am to 3pm
$112.00
Extended Camp at Chicago Women's 195824CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 21:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
$55.00
Kickboxing at Chicago Women's 196302InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/20 00:30From June 19, 2017 to August 21, 2017
Each Monday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$36.00
Kickboxing at Chicago Women's 196304InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/20 22:00From June 20, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$36.00
Kickboxing at Chicago Women's 196303InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/21 23:15From June 21, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$36.00
Kickboxing at Chicago Women's Cancelled196301InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/22 22:00From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$36.00
Leadership Camp at Chicago Women's 200192CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$125.00
Nature Camp at Chicago Women's 196668CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/07/10 14:30From July 10, 2017 to July 21, 2017
Each Monday from 9:30am to 11:30am
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 11:30am
Each Friday from 9:30am to 11:30am
$55.00
Pilates at Chicago Women's 196781InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/19 22:00From June 19, 2017 to August 21, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$36.00
Pilates at Chicago Women's 196782InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/22 00:30From June 21, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$36.00
Play Camp at Chicago Women's 196805CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/06/26 14:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 9am to Noon
Each Friday from 9am to Noon
$188.00
Play Camp at Chicago Women's 196806CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/06/26 18:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 4pm
$188.00
Play Camp at Chicago Women's 196807CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/06/27 14:00From June 27, 2017 to August 3, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9am to Noon
Each Thursday from 9am to Noon
$123.00
Step Aerobics at Chicago Women's 201821InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2017/06/22 22:00From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$36.00
Toddler Camp at Chicago Women's 197473CampsCamps - General InterestAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/06/27 14:30From June 27, 2017 to July 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 11:30am
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 11:30am
$44.00
Toddler Camp at Chicago Women's 197474CampsCamps - General InterestAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/07/11 14:30From July 11, 2017 to July 20, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 11:30am
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 11:30am
$44.00
Toddler Camp at Chicago Women's 197475CampsCamps - General InterestAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/07/25 14:30From July 25, 2017 to August 3, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 11:30am
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 11:30am
$44.00
Yoga at Chicago Women's 197634InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/06/20 23:15From June 20, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$36.00
Yoga at Chicago Women's 197635InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/06/22 23:15From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$36.00

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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. Opened to the public in 2000, Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens honors the contributions women have made to the city throughout its history and provides a quiet respite for the community.
 
The park's recreation building is a B-3 field house facility and features an indoor children’s playground, a cafe and meeting room facilities. Visitors also enjoy the recently renovated second and third floor space, which features three new fitness studios, a club room, a staff office and Kids Science Labs. The Kids Science Labs (KSL) offer hands-on science classes, birthday parties, summer camps and field trips for kids ages 2-12. 
 

Park-goers visit Chicago Women's Park and Gardens to programs and fitness opportunities, including Mom, Pop and Tot classes, bridge tournaments and yoga. In the summer, youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp. Specialty camps are also offered, including pre-school activities. In addition to programs, Chicago Women’s Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, including movies, concerts and other Night Out in the Parks events.

Outside, the park offers a passive garden, with many spaces available for rent for children’s birthday parties, meetings and other special events. Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens is located within the Prairie Avenue Historic District and nestled between two house museums— the Widow Clarke House and the Glessner House. 

The Clarke House Museum, which sits adjacent to the gardens, was built in 1836 for Henry B. Clarke. The structure 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!

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 park's 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.

In 2011, the Chicago Park District installed a 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, “From Art in the 21st Century,” 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 touch you, I have failed.”

"Helping Hands" 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 20th and 21st centuries, 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.”

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