Chicago Women's Park and Gardens

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

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

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

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

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

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

History

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

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

Parking/Directions

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

Helping Hands

Helping Hands (1)

Location Notes: Just north of Widow Clarke House

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Featured in Statue Stories Chicago

Notice Valid From: 8/6/2015 - 8/1/2016

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

Events

Spring Programs

See our offerings in the Spring tab below.  Spring programs start the week of March 28 and run through the week of May 30.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs July 5 - August 12. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 20 and run through the week of August 22.  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, April 5, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 9, 2016.

Click on the program name links below for program descriptions, availability information and to register online now (if available).

Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Art Camp at Chicago Women's 156062CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/07/18 14:30From July 18, 2016 to July 29, 2016
Each Monday from 9:30am to 11:30am
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 11:30am
Each Friday from 9:30am to 11:30am
$52.00
Cardio Conditioning at Chicago Women's 156282InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/22 22:00From June 22, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$18.00
Day Camp at Chicago Women's 156388CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$510.00
Early Bird Camp at Chicago Women's 156518CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 14:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$52.00
Eco Explorers at Chicago Women's 156592CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/08/15 14:00From August 15, 2016 to August 19, 2016
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
$107.00
Extended Camp at Chicago Women's 156608CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 21:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$52.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Chicago Women's 156744InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/20 23:15From June 20, 2016 to August 22, 2016
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$18.00
Kickboxing at Chicago Women's 156958InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/21 00:30From June 20, 2016 to August 22, 2016
Each Monday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$18.00
Kickboxing at Chicago Women's 156960InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/21 22:00From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$18.00
Kickboxing at Chicago Women's 156959InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/22 23:15From June 22, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$18.00
Kickboxing at Chicago Women's 156957InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/23 22:00From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$18.00
Nature Camp at Chicago Women's 157319CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/08/01 14:30From August 1, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 9:30am to 11:30am
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 11:30am
Each Friday from 9:30am to 11:30am
$52.00
Pilates at Chicago Women's 157434InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/20 22:00From June 20, 2016 to August 22, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$18.00
Pilates at Chicago Women's 157435InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/23 00:30From June 22, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$18.00
Play Camp at Chicago Women's 157453CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/07/06 14:00From July 6, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 9am to Noon
Each Friday from 9am to Noon
$179.00
Play Camp at Chicago Women's 157454CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/07/06 18:00From July 6, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 4pm
$179.00
Play Camp at Chicago Women's 157455CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/07/05 14:00From July 5, 2016 to August 11, 2016
Each Tuesday from 9am to Noon
Each Thursday from 9am to Noon
$117.00
Sports Camp at Chicago Women's 158216CampsCamps - SportsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/07/06 14:30From July 6, 2016 to July 15, 2016
Each Monday from 9:30am to 11:30am
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 11:30am
Each Friday from 9:30am to 11:30am
$52.00
Theater Camp at Chicago Women's 159284CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2016/08/15 14:00From August 15, 2016 to August 19, 2016
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
$107.00
Theater Camp at Chicago Women's 159285CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/08/15 14:00From August 15, 2016 to August 19, 2016
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
$107.00
Toddler Camp at Chicago Women's 158585CampsCamps - General InterestAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/07/05 14:30From July 5, 2016 to July 14, 2016
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 11:30am
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 11:30am
$42.00
Toddler Camp at Chicago Women's 158586CampsCamps - General InterestAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/07/19 14:30From July 19, 2016 to July 28, 2016
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 11:30am
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 11:30am
$42.00
Toddler Camp at Chicago Women's 158587CampsCamps - General InterestAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/08/02 14:30From August 2, 2016 to August 11, 2016
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 11:30am
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 11:30am
$42.00
Yoga at Chicago Women's 158697InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/06/21 23:15From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$18.00
Yoga at Chicago Women's 158698InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/06/23 23:15From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$18.00

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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.