Chicago Women's Park and Gardens

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

Field House Hours of Operation

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August 17, 2015-September 13, 2015- Play Space hours: Monday – Friday: 8:30 am-6:30 pm, Saturday: 1:30 pm-4:30 pm, Sunday: Closed, for holiday operating hours please contact the park.

 

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.

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 and Gardens

Chicago Women's Park and Gardens

Location Notes: 1801 S. Indiana Ave.

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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.

Chicago Women's Indoor Playground

Chicago Women's Indoor Playground

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Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 14 and run through the week of November 30, for most parks.

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
Ballet - Beginner at Chicago Women's 125252InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/14 21:30From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$51.00
Ballet - Beginner at Chicago Women's 125215InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2015/09/15 16:00From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to 11:45am
$51.00
Ballet - Beginner at Chicago Women's 125214InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2015/09/16 14:45From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 9:45am to 10:30am
$51.00
Ballet - Beginner at Chicago Women's 125216InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2015/09/19 15:00From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
$51.00
Ballet - Intermediate at Chicago Women's 125251InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/15 17:00From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from Noon to 12:45pm
$51.00
Ballet Conditioning at Chicago Women's 125255InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance18 and upCoed2015/09/14 22:45From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 5:45pm to 6:45pm
$31.00
Bingo at Chicago Women's 147704OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & Games60 and upCoed2015/09/17 15:00From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 10am to Noon
$11.00
Bitty Basketball at Chicago Women's 125515InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/14 21:00From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$51.00
Bitty Basketball at Chicago Women's 147697InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/18 19:00From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$51.00
Bitty Basketball at Chicago Women's 147698InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/18 21:00From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$51.00
Bridge Club at Chicago Women's 125631OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs18 and upCoed2015/08/21 18:00From August 21, 2015 to December 18, 2015
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$11.00
Cardio Conditioning at Chicago Women's 148200InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/09/14 22:00From September 14, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$17.00
Children's Theater at Chicago Women's 128071InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/17 19:00From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$51.00
Children's Theater at Chicago Women's 128073InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/09/17 21:00From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$51.00
Children's Theater at Chicago Women's 147691InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/17 22:00From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$35.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Chicago Women's 147696InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance18 and upCoed2015/09/14 23:45From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
$31.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Chicago Women's 125812InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/16 19:00From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$51.00
Dino Diggers at Chicago Women's 125868InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2015/09/16 20:00From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$51.00
Dino Diggers at Chicago Women's 147693InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/18 16:30From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$51.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Chicago Women's 125989InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/09/15 13:45From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 8:45am to 9:30am
$17.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Chicago Women's 125987InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/09/16 22:00From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$17.00
Floor Hockey at Chicago Women's 126943InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/14 20:00From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$51.00
Junior Detectives at Chicago Women's 147699InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/16 15:30From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$51.00
Junior Detectives at Chicago Women's 147701InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2015/09/16 16:30From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$51.00
Kickboxing at Chicago Women's 148197InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/09/14 23:15From September 14, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$17.00
Kickboxing at Chicago Women's 148195InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/09/17 00:30From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$17.00
Kickboxing at Chicago Women's 148196InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/09/17 22:00From September 16, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$17.00
Kiddie College - Fall at Chgo Women's 126653InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/09/14 13:30From September 14, 2015 to December 4, 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
$224.00
Kiddie College - Fall at Chgo Women's 126654InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/09/14 16:00From September 14, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Monday from 11am to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 2pm
Each Friday from 11am to 2pm
$337.00
Kiddie College - Fall Winter Spr at Chgo Women's 126720Activity_PackageEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/09/14 13:30From September 14, 2015 to June 3, 2016
Each Monday from 8:30am to 10:30am
Each Wednesday from 8:30am to 10:30am
Each Friday from 8:30am to 10:30am
$672.00
Kiddie College - Fall Winter Spr at Chgo Women's 126721Activity_PackageEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/09/14 16:00From September 14, 2015 to June 3, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 2pm
Each Friday from 11am to 2pm
$1,011
KidzEnergy at Chicago Women's 148192InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/09/17 16:15From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 11:15am to Noon
$10.00
Little Artists at Chicago Women's 126944InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/17 19:00From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$51.00
Little Artists at Chicago Women's 126945InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2015/09/17 20:00From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$51.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Chicago Women's 126146InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/14 19:00From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$51.00
Mighty Munchkins at Chicago Women's 148186InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2015/09/15 19:15From September 15, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 2:15pm to 3pm
$10.00
Mighty Munchkins at Chicago Women's 148185InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/09/17 21:00From September 14, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$10.00
Mom and Baby Fitness at Chicago Women's 148189InstructionWellness - FitnessLess than 9m Coed2015/09/15 16:00From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to 11:45am
$17.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Boot Camp at Chicago Women's 148188InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2015/09/15 14:45From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9:45am to 10:45am
$13.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Chicago Women's 148187InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2015/09/17 20:00From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$13.00
Mommy and Me Ballet at Chicago Women's 127040InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 1 but less than 3Coed2015/09/15 15:00From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10am to 10:45am
$51.00
Mommy and Me Ballet at Chicago Women's 127041InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 1 but less than 3Coed2015/09/16 13:45From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 8:45am to 9:30am
$51.00
Mommy and Me Ballet at Chicago Women's 128136InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 1 but less than 4Coed2015/09/16 15:45From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 10:45am to 11:30am
$51.00
Mommy and Me Ballet at Chicago Women's 128436InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 1 but less than 4Coed2015/09/19 14:00From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 9am to 9:45am
$51.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Chicago Women's 127103InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/09/15 15:00From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11:30am
$61.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Chicago Women's 127104InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/09/17 15:00From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 10am to 11:30am
$61.00
Nature Fun at Chicago Women's 126978InstructionOutdoor & Environment - EducationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/14 15:30From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$51.00
Nature Fun at Chicago Women's 128832InstructionOutdoor & Environment - EducationAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2015/09/18 14:00From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 9am to 9:45am
$51.00
Pilates at Chicago Women's 148199InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/09/15 00:30From September 14, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Monday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$17.00
Pilates at Chicago Women's 148198InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/09/16 23:15From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$17.00
Play School at Chicago Women's 126977InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2015/09/14 14:00From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to 9:45am
$51.00
Play School at Chicago Women's 127509InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2015/09/15 13:45From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 8:45am to 9:30am
$51.00
Play School at Chicago Women's 127508InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2015/09/17 13:45From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 8:45am to 9:30am
$51.00
Recreational Tumbling at Chicago Women's 127566InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/09/19 16:00From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$51.00
Seed Starting at Chicago Women's 126147InstructionOutdoor & Environment - GardeningAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/16 19:00From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$51.00
Soccer at Chicago Women's 125106InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/18 20:00From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$51.00
Sports Conditioning at Chicago Women's 148190InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 15Coed2015/09/15 21:00From September 14, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$0
Storybook Adventures at Chicago Women's 128072InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2015/09/17 20:00From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$51.00
Storytime at Chicago Women's 125845InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2015/09/15 20:00From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$51.00
Storytime at Chicago Women's 125825InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2015/09/16 16:45From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 11:45am to 12:30pm
$51.00
Tap & Ballet at Chicago Women's 125844InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/15 19:00From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$51.00
Theater Camp at Chicago Women's 147702CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/12/14 15:00From December 14, 2015 to December 18, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 9am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 9am to Noon
Each Thursday from 9am to Noon
Each Friday from 9am to Noon
$100.00
Theater Camp at Chicago Women's 147703CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/12/21 15:00From December 21, 2015 to December 22, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 3pm
$50.00
Tiny Talkers- Spanish at Chicago Women's 128135InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/15 13:45From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 8:45am to 9:30am
$51.00
Tiny Tot Tennis at Chicago Women's 128559InstructionSports - TennisAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/15 16:00From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to 11:45am
$51.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Chicago Women's 128567InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2015/09/14 16:15From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 11:15am to Noon
$51.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Chicago Women's 147695InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/14 19:00From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$51.00
Tot Spot at Chicago Women's 128614OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 6m but less than Coed2015/09/16 14:00From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 9am to 11am
$36.00
Yoga at Chicago Women's 148181InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/09/15 12:15From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7:15am to 8:15am
$17.00
Yoga at Chicago Women's 148183InstructionWellness - Yoga60 and upCoed2015/09/17 17:15From September 15, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$0
Yoga at Chicago Women's 128949InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/09/17 23:15From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$17.00
Yoga/Pilates at Chicago Women's 148193InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/09/17 19:00From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$17.00
You Build It at Chicago Women's 129016InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/15 19:00From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$51.00
You Build It at Chicago Women's 129017InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2015/09/15 20:00From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$51.00
Young Scientist at Chicago Women's 127942InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/14 16:30From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$51.00
Young Scientist at Chicago Women's 147694InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/16 21:00From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$51.00
Young Scientist at Chicago Women's 128699InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/16 22:00From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$35.00
Young Stargazers at Chicago Women's 148283InstructionOutdoor & Environment - EducationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/18 15:30From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$51.00

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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.