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

Summer Programs

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  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.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 11 and run through the week of December 4.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wish list.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 12, 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
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
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
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
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
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Acting at Chicago Women's 204820InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/21 21:00From September 21, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 23, 2017
$35.00
American Sign Language at Chgo Women's 224360InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 1m but less than 1y 7m Coed2017/09/19 15:30From September 19, 2017 to November 28, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$23.00
Archery at Chicago Women's 205015InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/09/20 22:00From September 20, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$40.00
Archery at Chicago Women's 224358InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/09/21 22:00From September 21, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$40.00
Ballet - Beginner at Chicago Women's 205119InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/18 15:30From September 18, 2017 to November 27, 2017
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:15am
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 9, 2017
$55.00
Ballet - Beginner at Chicago Women's 205118InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/18 20:00From September 18, 2017 to November 27, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 9, 2017
$55.00
Ballet - Beginner at Chicago Women's 205121InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/20 16:30From September 20, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$55.00
Ballet - Beginner at Chicago Women's 205122InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/22 16:30From September 22, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, November 10, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
$55.00
Ballet - Beginner at Chicago Women's 205120InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/23 15:30From September 23, 2017 to December 2, 2017
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$55.00
Ballet - Intermediate at Chicago Women's 224362InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/09/18 21:00From September 18, 2017 to November 27, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 9, 2017
$40.00
Ballet - Intermediate at Chicago Women's 224364InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/09/20 21:00From September 20, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$40.00
Ballet - Intermediate at Chicago Women's 224365InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/09/22 20:00From September 22, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Friday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, November 10, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
$40.00
Ballet - Intermediate at Chicago Women's 224366InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/09/23 16:30From September 23, 2017 to December 2, 2017
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$40.00
Ballet Conditioning at Chicago Women's 205151InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance18 and upCoed2017/09/18 22:00From September 18, 2017 to November 27, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 9, 2017
$35.00
Bitty Basketball at Chicago Women's 205476InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 4 but less than 9Coed2017/09/18 21:00From September 18, 2017 to November 27, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 9, 2017
$55.00
Bitty Basketball at Chicago Women's 205478InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 4 but less than 9Coed2017/09/22 21:00From September 22, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, November 10, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
$55.00
Boot Camp at Chicago Women's 205996InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/13 19:00From September 13, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$36.00
Boot Camp at Chicago Women's 205997InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/14 23:15From September 14, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$36.00
Bridge Club at Chicago Women's 205582OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs18 and upCoed2017/09/01 18:00From September 1, 2017 to December 15, 2017
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, December 8, 2017
Plus the following dates:
Friday, December 8, 2017 from 1pm to 3pm
$15.00
Children's Theater at Chicago Women's 205676InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2017/09/19 19:00From September 19, 2017 to November 28, 2017
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$55.00
Children's Theater at Chicago Women's 224361InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/21 20:00From September 21, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Thursday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 23, 2017
$55.00
Crazy Crafter's Club at Chicago Women's 224359InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2017/09/19 22:30From September 19, 2017 to November 28, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$40.00
Creative Drama at Chicago Women's 224376InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/19 21:00From September 19, 2017 to November 28, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$40.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Chicago Women's 205785InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/18 16:30From September 18, 2017 to November 27, 2017
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 9, 2017
$55.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Chicago Women's 205786InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/20 19:00From September 20, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$55.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Chicago Women's 205787InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2017/09/22 19:00From September 22, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Friday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, November 10, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
$55.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Chicago Women's 205788InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2017/09/23 17:30From September 23, 2017 to December 2, 2017
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
$55.00
Dance - Tap at Chicago Women's 205822InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/18 19:00From September 18, 2017 to November 27, 2017
Each Monday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 9, 2017
$55.00
Dance - Tap at Chicago Women's 205823InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/20 20:00From September 20, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$55.00
Floor Hockey at Chicago Women's 206069InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 4 but less than 9Coed2017/09/18 20:00From September 18, 2017 to November 27, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 9, 2017
$55.00
Floor Hockey at Chicago Women's 206070InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 4 but less than 9Coed2017/09/22 20:00From September 22, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Friday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, November 10, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
$55.00
Improvisation at Chicago Women's 206348InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/19 20:00From September 19, 2017 to November 28, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$55.00
Improvisation at Chicago Women's 206347InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2017/09/21 19:00From September 21, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Thursday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 23, 2017
$55.00
Kickboxing at Chicago Women's 206421InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/12 22:00From September 12, 2017 to November 28, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$36.00
Kickboxing at Chicago Women's 206420InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/13 23:15From September 13, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$36.00
Kiddie College - Fall at Chgo Women's 206435InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/09/18 13:30From September 18, 2017 to December 1, 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
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 9, 2017
Friday, November 10, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
$239.00
Kiddie College - Fall at Chgo Women's 206436InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/09/18 16:00From September 18, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 2pm
Each Friday from 11am to 2pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 9, 2017
Friday, November 10, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
$361.00
Kiddie College - Fall Winter Spr at Chgo Women's 206450Activity_PackageEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/09/18 13:30From September 18, 2017 to June 8, 2018$717.00
Kiddie College - Fall Winter Spr at Chgo Women's 206451Activity_PackageEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/09/18 16:00From September 18, 2017 to June 8, 2018$1,083
Little Artists at Chicago Women's 206726InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/18 15:30From September 18, 2017 to November 27, 2017
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:15am
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 9, 2017
$55.00
Little Artists at Chicago Women's 206727InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/18 19:00From September 18, 2017 to November 27, 2017
Each Monday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 9, 2017
$55.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Chicago Women's 206810InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/09/11 21:00From September 11, 2017 to November 27, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$36.00
Mom and Baby Fitness at Chicago Women's 206802InstructionWellness - FitnessLess than 11m Coed2017/09/11 16:15From September 11, 2017 to November 27, 2017
Each Monday from 11:15am to Noon
$36.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Boot Camp at Chicago Women's 206803InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2017/09/13 16:15From September 13, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11:15am to Noon
$36.00
Mommy and Me Ballet at Chicago Women's 206828InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 1 but less than 3Coed2017/09/20 14:30From September 20, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$55.00
Mommy and Me Ballet at Chicago Women's 206829InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 1 but less than 3Coed2017/09/22 14:30From September 22, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Friday from 9:30am to 10:15am
Except the following dates:
Friday, November 10, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
$55.00
Mommy and Me Ballet at Chicago Women's 206830InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 1 but less than 3Coed2017/09/23 14:30From September 23, 2017 to December 2, 2017
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$55.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Chicago Women's 206843InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/09/19 15:00From September 19, 2017 to November 28, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11:30am
$65.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Chicago Women's 206844InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/09/21 15:00From September 21, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Thursday from 10am to 11:30am
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 23, 2017
$65.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Chicago Women's 224367InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/09/22 14:30From September 22, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Friday from 9:30am to 11am
$65.00
Music and Movement at Chicago Women's 224373InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2017/09/20 15:30From September 20, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$55.00
Music and Movement at Chicago Women's 224374InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2017/09/22 15:30From September 22, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:15am
Except the following dates:
Friday, November 10, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
$55.00
Nature Babies at Chicago Women's 206926InstructionOutdoor & Environment - EducationAt least 1 but less than 3Coed2017/09/20 16:30From September 20, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$55.00
Pilates at Chicago Women's 207213InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/11 19:00From September 11, 2017 to November 27, 2017
Each Monday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$36.00
Pilates at Chicago Women's 207212InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/11 22:00From September 11, 2017 to November 27, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$36.00
Pilates at Chicago Women's 206784InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/13 21:00From September 13, 2017 to November 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$36.00
Play Camp at Chicago Women's 207231CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/12/04 15:00From December 4, 2017 to December 8, 2017
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
$54.00
Play Camp at Chicago Women's 207232CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/12/04 19:00From December 4, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 4pm
$54.00
Play School at Chicago Women's 207245InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2017/09/18 14:00From September 18, 2017 to November 27, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 9:45am
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 9, 2017
$55.00
Play School at Chicago Women's 207250InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2017/09/20 20:00From September 20, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$55.00
Play School at Chicago Women's 207249InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2017/09/22 14:00From September 22, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Friday from 9am to 9:45am
Except the following dates:
Friday, November 10, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
$55.00
Science of Superheroes at Chicago Women's 207370InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 4 but less than 9Coed2017/09/20 21:00From September 20, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$38.00
Step Aerobics at Chicago Women's 207818InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2017/09/14 22:00From September 14, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$36.00
Storybook Adventures at Chicago Women's 224377InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2017/09/19 14:00From September 19, 2017 to November 28, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9am to 9:45am
$55.00
Tabata at Chicago Women's 207880InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/11 23:15From September 11, 2017 to November 27, 2017
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$36.00
Tabata at Chicago Women's 206490InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/13 22:15From September 13, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
$36.00
Teen Leadership Club at Chicago Women's 224375InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/09/20 22:00From September 20, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Tiny Talkers - Spanish at Chicago Women's 224368InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2017/09/18 16:30From September 18, 2017 to November 27, 2017
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 9, 2017
$55.00
Tiny Talkers - Spanish at Chicago Women's 208085InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2017/09/22 16:30From September 22, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, November 10, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
$55.00
Tot Spot at Chicago Women's 208279OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 6m but less than 3Coed2017/09/20 15:00From September 20, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
$39.00
Where the Wild Things Roam at Chicago Women's 224369InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2017/09/19 13:30From September 19, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Tuesday from 8:30am to 10:30am
Each Thursday from 8:30am to 10:30am
$160.00
Where the Wild Things Roam at Chicago Women's 224370InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/09/19 16:00From September 19, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to 2pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 2pm
$240.00
Yoga at Chicago Women's 208642InstructionWellness - Yoga60 and upCoed2017/09/11 17:15From September 11, 2017 to November 27, 2017
Each Monday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$0
Yoga at Chicago Women's 208640InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/09/13 00:30From September 12, 2017 to November 28, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$36.00
Yoga at Chicago Women's 208641InstructionWellness - Yoga60 and upCoed2017/09/13 17:15From September 13, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$0
Yoga Sculpt at Chicago Women's 206783InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/09/12 23:15From September 12, 2017 to November 28, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$36.00
Yoga/Pilates at Chicago Women's 208643InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/09/15 00:30From September 14, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Thursday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$36.00
You Build It at Chicago Women's 208717InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/22 15:30From September 22, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:15am
Except the following dates:
Friday, November 10, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
$55.00
You Build It at Chicago Women's 208718InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/22 19:00From September 22, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Friday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, November 10, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
$55.00
Young Scientist at Chicago Women's 224371InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/20 15:30From September 20, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$55.00
Young Scientist at Chicago Women's 224372InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/20 19:00From September 20, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$55.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Kiddie College - Winter at Chgo Women's 212769InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2018/01/08 14:30From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Monday from 8:30am to 10:30am
Each Wednesday from 8:30am to 10:30am
Each Friday from 8:30am to 10:30am
$239.00
Kiddie College - Winter at Chgo Women's 212770InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2018/01/08 17:00From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Monday from 11am to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 2pm
Each Friday from 11am to 2pm
$361.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Kiddie College - Spring at Chgo Women's 218649InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2018/04/02 13:30From April 2, 2018 to June 8, 2018
Each Monday from 8:30am to 10:30am
Each Wednesday from 8:30am to 10:30am
Each Friday from 8:30am to 10:30am
$239.00
Kiddie College - Spring at Chgo Women's 218648InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2018/04/02 16:00From April 2, 2018 to June 8, 2018
Each Monday from 11am to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 2pm
Each Friday from 11am to 2pm
$361.00

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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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